About The Crew
We’re a quirky group of outdoor knuckleheads, gear junkies, and story tellers. We’re adventure ready at all times and cherish our, sometimes, ridiculous work environment. Most importantly, however, we fiercely believe in connecting people with wild places. An adventure with the right people in the right place can be life-changing.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Backpacking, Long Distance Hiking, Canyoneering, Trail Running, Snowshoeing, Cowboy Camping.
Outdoor Expertise – 11 years of long distance hiking, canyoneering, mountain climbing and outdoor exploration!
My Story – For me it all started on October 23, 2009 In Pennsylvania! After scrounging up some old gear from family and friends for what would be my first backpacking trip, I set out for 3 nights. The first morning I woke up in my trusty tent, sleeping bag drenched from the nights rain. By mid morning my backpack was falling apart as I skipped from rock to rock and by the afternoon my boots were disintegrating under my feet! Needless to say I needed better gear, but I was having the time of my life and it was clear i needed more adventure in my life! After 2 years of weekend trip and gear research I decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail which would set off a 5 year adventure spree!
In 2013 I set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail which marked a lot of firsts for me. First time hiking in the heat of the desert, first alpine experiences and first time having to plan routes around fires and early season snow falls. After the PCT I know I needed to live closer to the mountains so I moved to Durango Colorado in search for more adventures! 2014 was full of exploring the San Juan Mountains, canyoneering in Utah’s canyon country and visiting National Parks and monuments throughout New Mexico! In early 2015 I decided it was time to move to the front range and work on my neglected career… this lasted exactly 4 months before I decided to drop everything again and thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail!
Since moving back to the front range after the CDT I’ve continued to explore Colorado’s mountain ranges, 14ers and hot springs! I’ve also continued to expand my knowledge of the gear I use in the backcountry. Learning more about how its designed and built to better understand what makes great gear!
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Hiking, Backpacking, Cycling, Fly Fishing.
My Story – I was born in New England and grew up in the Southeast. I spent a lot of time exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina while attending Appalachian State University, where I studied community planning and geography and my love of mountains and maps grew deeper. In search of a bigger playground, I moved to Colorado in 2015. My days now consist of fly fishing for native trout on small creeks and backpacking to beautiful places with my fiancé, Rob. When I’m not in the mountains, you can find me cycling around the city (and maybe stopping at a local brewery), working on my gardening skills, baking a pie, or planning the next big adventure.
Must-dos in Colorado – Hike to an alpine lake during peak wildflower season. And explore some historic mining towns. Bonus points if your adventure ends with Colorado beer and pizza.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Playing video games and drinking beer in a hammock deep in the woods.
Outdoor Expertise – I’m really good at walking – Appalachian Trail ‘11, Wonderland Trail ‘12, Pacific Crest Trail ‘13, Continental Divide Trail ‘15, Long Trail ’15, Benton MacKay Trail ’15, Foot Hills Trail ’16. I also enjoy riding bikes – I mountain biked the Colorado Trail, as well as the Hot Sisters Hot Springs Route in ’18 and then grabbed my touring bike and rode the length of Japan over 3 months, the length of New Zealand over 2 months and finished off by circling the island of Taiwan over 20 days during the end of ’18 and the start of ’19.
My Story – Welp, I grew up in Atlanta, and did some life stuff there. I’ve always loved escapism through fiction and video games. My favorite video game growing up was Morrowind; a game in which you explore an island with the freedom to pursue whatever adventure you prefer. In the game I loved exploring and finding out what was over the next mountain so much that eventually I started wondering what was over real life mountains and began exploring the my surrounding as I did in video games. Video games got me into the wilderness.
After college, I had no real clue as to what to do with myself and had grown up always knowing that there was this mystical path called the Appalachian Trail that ran to Maine; so, I decided to go for a long walk and explore. With 5 highly transformative months of walking to Mt. Katahdin, I was in love with long distance backcountry travel. After working a number of different types of jobs which I’d periodically quit to adventure, and living in and calling Asheville, NC home base for 11 years, I decided it was time for a change, quit my job, and traveled for over a year before moving to Denver in July ’19. Now I make fart jokes while helping people figure out what type of backpack to get and am in the process of figuring out the next step.
Advice – I don’t know, kindness and existentialism have always worked well for me – choose your own adventure.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Snowboarding, Climbing, Yoga, Backpacking, Hiking and Glamping (Camping is supposed to be fun, so yes, I do bring a full-sized air mattress and the occasional T Bone steak). I also have experience sailing and horseback riding.
Outdoor Expertise – I’ve been playing outside for my whole life. My earliest talents included catching tadpoles and making mud pies. I’ve been snowboarding for 10+ years and have been camping for almost my entire life thanks to Girl Scouts. I recently started sport climbing & bouldering and get out every chance I get. I just started getting into longer distance hiking and backpacking. My parents also made it a point to travel to some sort of natural beauty every year so I’ve been to a lot of amazing places across the country (18 National Parks & counting).
My Story – 2 years ago, I moved to Denver in search of sunnier skies. Being from Buffalo and living in Columbus for 7 years taught me to really cherish blue skies and warmer weather. I grew up traveling and going to summer camp (horse camp was my personal favorite) and got outside or on the water every chance I had. But 3 months of crappy snowboarding and 4 months of questionable summertime weather just wasn’t enough for me. Now, I spend every weekend on the side of a big rock somewhere. To me, the best part about creating an adventurous life is the people that come along and spending quality time with your friends & family in beautiful places, eating s’mores. I also love to be inspired by nature and try my hand at photography and painting.
Must do in Colorado – Go find a service road in the Gunnison or White River National Forest and set up camp, wake up at 6 am to watch the hot air balloons launch at the Snowmass Balloon Festival. Then go jump off a cliff at the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Advice – Just go all the way. Don’t hike to that alpine lake without jumping in. Don’t eat the pie without the ice cream.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – I am an avid backpacker in the summer and a devoted skier in the winter, but I’m eager to partake in anything outside as long as there is a chance it will turn into an adventure. I’m typically the planner on trips, obsessing over maps, packing and repacking, writing lists and checking them twice. I love the process and preparation.
My Story – I moved to Colorado in 2012 to spend as much time as possible in Denver’s wild backyard. After five solid years as a weekend warrior, I decided to swap hours with my butt in an office chair at an architectural office for an opportunity to work on creative projects at FERAL. I love being surrounded by people who are passionate about the outdoors. When I’m not wandering off into the woods or crawling up a mountain, I love cooking, and especially eating, vegan food (anyone who knows me, knows I am positively obsessed with beets), taking photos, walking my pup Sloane, or introducing my young kiddo to new adventures with my husband Brent.
Must do in Colorado – Hut (or yurt) trips. Snow, food, friends, wine, a wood burning stove… and lots and lots of stars. What could possibly be better?
Advice – “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, and camping.
Outdoor Expertise – I have been playing in the mountains for over 30 years. My time with skiing/snowboarding, climbing, biking, and hiking has alternately kept me entertained and paid my bills for most of my life.
My Story – Growing up in northern New Hampshire, I was lucky enough to have the White Mountains as my childhood backyard. I have been skiing since I was five, got started climbing when I was eight, and been on a bike whenever I could fit it in as long as I can remember. I spent my college years at James Madison University exploring everything the Shenandoah Valley had to offer. There I got my first taste of sharing my love of the outdoors with others when I began instructing skiing and snowboarding at a tiny mountain called Massanutten and working as the climbing manager and head trip leader in the JMU adventure program. I spent some time instructing for Outward Bound in Montana, guiding for the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire, and ski instructing at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont before actively pursuing a career as a jeweler. I moved to Colorado in July ’19, and I am loving exploring everything this great state has to offer with my fiance and our pup, Penny!
Advice – Life is short, kindness is good, go explore!
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Hiking, backpacking, rafting, and drinking mimosas at the perfect campsite.
My Story – I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I lived about twenty minutes from Mount Rushmore— turns out it’s not that cool when you’ve seen it fifty plus times. I was forced into loving the outdoors because there wasn’t really anything else to do. After spending some time in different places in the Midwest and the South, I quit my job and a week later I was in Colorado with my now husband, Kyle. We spend most of our days outside with our perfect pup, Aspen.
Outdoor Expertise – I worked at several summer camps during college and also spent some time guiding with a youth program in South Carolina. I guided indoor and outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and white water rafting trips. My first job in Colorado was as an outdoor education instructor— ask me about invasive species or identifying feces.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Climbing, camping, backpacking, lake days, rafting, kayaking, and trying any new ones!
Outdoor Expertise – I graduated with a degree in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation from Missouri State University. I’ve assisted guiding climbing, canoeing, hiking, and backpacking trips. Throughout my journey thus far, I have gotten to adventure and experience many places. Such as sea kayaking in New Zealand, participating in a bouldering competition in Morocco, and hiking to waterfalls in FIJI.
My Story – Well, I grew up in a small town in the Bootheel of Missouri (about 1,000 people). I always knew that there was so much more out there. So I made a choice to pursue life in a way that I would be continually exploring the more to be found.
With all of my adventures and experiences I hope to one day be able to combine it all to create something that will continue to impact others.
Advice – Pursue life as an adventure, whether thats through washing the dishes on a Tuesday or hiking Mt. Everest.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Trail Restoration, Climbing
Outdoor Expertise – I’ve spent the last few summers working in Youth Corps, so lots of hiking and camping in order to do trail and chainsaw work. Specifically I’ve done tread building for trails, rock step setting and rock retention wall construction, corridor clearing for equestrian and pedestrian trails, and plenty of chainsaw work (mostly invasive species removal and forest fire mitigation). I’ve lived in Colorado since I was five, and I’ve enjoyed plenty of hiking, camping, and the occasional backpacking trip. I’ve also received my Wilderness First Aid certification from NOLS, and I’m hoping to do a Wilderness First Responder course soon.
My Story – I grew up on a farm just north of Fort Lupton, Colorado, so I’ve been outside since my parents could trust me with farm chores. Not your typical country boy, I moved to Denver in order to start college. It was there that friends eventually took me on my first true backpacking trip, and I gained an understanding of the beauty of this wonderful backyard I’d never gotten to explore within my own home state. After working a few seasons for a local Youth Corps and gaining a solid amount of experience, including taking a few turns as a crew leader for a chainsaw crew, I’m excited to continue to grow as an outdoor adventurer. When not in the shop or trying to coerce friends into camping, I can often be found making music, tracking down some good Mexican food in the neighborhood, or being a giant nerd (did anyone say D&D?).
Must do in Colorado – The views and the hikes at the Great Sand Dunes National Park are never overrated. Pueblo always has really good Mexican food, and really great chiles! Of course there’s so many great breweries in Colorado, but if you plan a day hike that ends at a brewery you can always treat yourself with a beer after a rewarding hike.
Advice – Always plan for what you’ll do when you need to use the bathroom.
ACE THE SHOP DOG
Ace is an Australian Shepard that loves peanut butter and very long trail runs. He’s a classic mountain dog in every way. He’s still learning all of the shopdog rules, but if you see Jimmy around the neighborhood it’s almost certain that Ace is in his shadow.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Rafting, hiking, backpacking, and skiing.
Outdoor Expertise – I’ve spent every summer since I was little rafting, and through that I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in boating gear, rivers, canyons, and how to find the perfect groover spot at a small camp. I am studying Wildlife Biology in college, and I have learned a lot about our wild neighbors in the mountains. Being raised in Colorado has also helped me experience a lot of the amazing hikes and backpacking trails in our beautiful backyard!
My Story – I have lived in Colorado all my life and I have grown up exploring its mountains, canyons, and rivers. Ever since I was little I have loved getting outside and in nature and I try and get outside every chance I get, whether that be spending three weeks floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, or just reading a book in a hammock in my backyard. I love animals and spending time outside with adventurous people!
Must Do(s) in Colorado – I love the Gunnison/Crested Butte area of South West Colorado, as well as the mountains just West of Denver off of I-70. It’s always a fun time to float down the Arkansas river too!
Advice – Take the time to stop at the side of the road and look at the view!
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Trail Running, Backpacking, Snowboarding
Outdoor Expertise – Backpacking experience – 12+ years. 10+ years as a trail runner that has never really cared for running much. I’m really only interested in long-distance running as it maximizes potential for serious adventure. Nothing is scarier than a 5K.
My Story – Jimmy started FERAL in 2016 with one simple mission in mind: “create adventure”. He has always been passionate about getting people outside and up the mountain, and he created a business that could be a vessel for that personal mission. After growing up in Indiana, a chance encounter with the Appalachian Trail changed Jimmy’s perspective on the relationship that we have with nature, and the value of adventure. Ever since that trip he’s been an outdoor evangelist, dragging everyone he can get his mitts on to the trails. You can usually find Jimmy trail running in the Front Range, or visiting his favorite Denver or Idaho Springs watering hole with his dogs Sophie and Ace.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Skiing/Snowboarding, Hiking, Swimming, Car Camping with the Occasional Backpacking Trip.
Outdoor Expertise – Hikes in Colorado, ski touring (AIARE certified), open water distance swims, and some backpacking through the Rockies and the northern section of the App Trail.
My Story – Like many living in Denver these days, I grew up in a midwest fly-over state known for harsh climates, flat terrain, and a mindset that one should never waste a nice day. I was introduced to mountains and oceans over my adolescent years, and that marked the start of nature taking its course on me (literally) through a journey of deep appreciation and endless activity. College in the great state of Colorado facilitated a love of hiking and skiing/snowboarding. Building a career in marketing has been my ticket for continuing to live and play here. While I can puff my chest and boast about backpacking adventures, my best camp self is whipping up a gourmet meal in a fully stocked camp kitchen, and eating it in an over-engineered camping chair, then retiring to my ultra-comfortable throne of an air mattress.
Favorite Outdoor Activities – Climbing/mountaineering, snowboarding, backpacking, trail running, and dispersed camping.
Outdoor Expertise – 10 years of climbing, 13 years of snowboarding, and a life time of outdoor exploration!
My Story – My passion for the outdoors started young, when my dad would take me on long camping trips up north to visit my uncle in Minnesota (I’m originally from Chicago). We would explore the untamed wilderness for days, which is where I truly came to appreciate the deep beauty of our natural world. I started snowboarding when I was 14, on the relatively small hills of Wilmot Mountain, Devil’s Head Resort, and Cascade Mountain in Wisconsin – now I frequent Copper, Keystone, Steamboat, Eldora, A Basin, and a few secret backcountry spots ;).
You could say that climbing has become my main passion/addiction, as I probably spend too much time planning, training, and climbing (falling) all around the Front Range & beyond. I started out back in Chicago at a dusty old climbing gym, a place where I met some of my closest friends. Since then, I’ve visited many amazing climbing spots in the US and abroad, but Red River Gorge in Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart. I have plans to visit Ten Sleep Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Indian Creek in the coming months. I will take any chance to get outside, as long as adventure is involved!
In my down time, I’m learning front-end programming, walking pups as a side gig, or diving into a good Sci-Fi novel (currently on the 3rd book in the Dune series).
Must Do’s in Colorado – Visit Lime Creek for an amazing camping/climbing experience or hit Copper on a fresh powder day and find the hidden huts in the trees! For an amazing day trip, head to Upper Dream Canyon for great climbs and gorgeous scenery – just watch out for the local nudist colony.
Advice – Embrace the outdoor poop, there is no way to hide from it…but remember, LNT!
SOPHIE THE SHOP DOG
Sophie is FERAL’s original employee and has been our shopdog since Day 1. If you’ve attended a movie night at FERAL there is a good chance she nuzzled up to you for some love. She enjoys her big mountain trips from the convenience of a backpack these days, but she’s still the best shopdog we could have ever hoped for.
Work with FERAL
We are always taking applications for part-time team members with extensive outdoor experience, a passion for sharing their story, and a burning desire to connect people with the mountains.