SSC Staff


Name: Rick Van Duyn

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Job Title: Sales Person
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Mountaineering, backcountry travel, solo hiking, seeing how close I can get to being rescued without being rescued or recovered
Outdoor Playgrounds: Anywhere most people aren’t
Essential Gear:  Hockey tape, bug net, a good knife, fire starting kit, hammock
Favorite Song: “We’re On a Road to Nowhere”
Favorite Food: Anything’s good when you’re hungry
Favorite place to eat: On a summit
Pre Hiking Ritual: Making sure the will is current
Post Hiking Ritual: Plan the next “thing”
Why I love working at Salem Summit: Sounds generic, but really, the customers.


Name: Chris Maerki

chris1Hometown: Waynesboro, VA
Job Title: Outdoor Lover/Sales Associate
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hiking, camping, rock climbing, snowboarding, and general wandering
You Outdoor Playgrounds: Opal Creek Wilderness, Three Sisters Wilderness and any and all of Oregon I haven’t seen
Essential Gear: Black Diamond Compound Hoody, some form of coffee, trucker hat
Favorite Song: “Anytime”-Eve 6
Favorite Food: Meat & Coffee
Pre Climbing Ritual: Double check my packing list & gear, lay it all out
Post Climbing Ritual: Adult Beverage
Why I love working at Salem Summit: Total immersion in a high-interest industry. “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


Name: Jennifer Halley

JHbiopic2Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

Job Title: I am a part-time office filer and blog writer.

Favorite outdoor Activities: Rock climbing. Hiking. Cycling. Snowshoeing. Laying under the stars in my hammock.

Your outdoor playgrounds: Backroads of Monmouth; Mary’s Peak; Opal Creek.

Favorite Song: I have to choose just one?! “Asleep” by the Smiths.

Favorite food: Since coffee doesn’t count as a proper food group, peanut butter is my next choice.

Favorite place to eat: Venti’s. Good beer. Good food. What more could you want?

Pre (activity) ritual: Before a climb, I always stretch.

Post (activity) ritual: After climbing, I always drink a beer or eat a giant bowl of pasta, usually both at the same time. Carbs are my friends.

Why I love working at Salem Summit: Working at Salem Summit allows me to be close to the outdoors without actually being in the outdoors. I get a chance to write about my passions like climbing and hiking in the hope I can inspire people to get out and explore, helping them come even a step closer to their next adventure.


Name: Conor Foley
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Hometown: Somers, MT
Job Title: Adventure Consultant
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Rock climbing, slacklining, backpacking, hamping (hammock camping)
Outdoor Playgrounds: Glacier National Park, Smith Rock, The Western United States, my backyard.
Essential Gear: Z/2 Chacos, prAna Stretch Zion Pant, Clif Bars, underwear
Favorite Song: “I can’t make you love me” – Bonnie Raitt
Pre Hiking Ritual: Studying Maps
Post Hiking Ritual: Car naps, cheeseburgers and a chocolate milkshake
Why I love working at Salem Summit: I love helping customers find the right gear for them and talking about their upcoming trips!


Name: Kelly Bauer

Hometown: Chicago!
Job Title: Enthusiast, Helper, Smiler
Favorite Outdoor Activities: hiking, climbing, canyoneering, paddling, and exploring the unknown
Outdoor Playgrounds: Zion Canyon Nat’l Park, Mt. Hebo, and I just moved here so anywhere else I can find!
Essential Gear:  Does coffee count? Also, my Osprey Xena pack and my Mountain Hardwear Lamina -30 sleeping bag
Favorite Song: “Joyful Sound” -the String Cheese Incident
Favorite Food: Chicago style deep dish pizza
Pre Backpacking Ritual: Going over maps
Post Backpacking Ritual: Food
Why I love working at Salem Summit: I am passionate about the outdoors and helping people. I love that I’m assisting others in having amazing experiences, and I love the people that I meet!

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