Our Athletes

  • Packing it Out Team

    Packs of choice: Blaze A.C. 60 and Crown V.C. 60

    These guys certainly walk their talk. The Packing It Out team, made up of Seth “Cap” Orme, Paul “Spice” Twedt, Chris Moore, and Joe “Goose” Denhert, has a mission to inspire a greater sense of environmental stewardship by raising awareness for litter conditions along America’s trails. So far, they’ve hiked the complete 2189.4 miles of the Appalachian Trail and packed out over 1090.5 pounds of trash. Their current mission is to complete the Pacific Crest Trail, while packing out as much trash as they see!

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  • Lonnie Dupre

    Polar Explorer

    Pack of Choice: Nimbus Trace Access 85

    The desire to explore is in Lonnie Dupre’s blood, literally. A descendent of Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec, Lonnie has spent the last 25 years of his life been traversing the arctic and polar regions. He’s traveled over 15,000 miles via foot, dog team, ski and kayak, and his path has often followed in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers of the last century – Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen and Knud Rasmussen. He believes in the ability to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that may stand between an individual and their dream. The success of his arctic expeditions, with the extreme physical, mental and logistical hurdles they have represented, stand as testament to this. Lonnie is the author of the book Life on Ice, and is debuting his first documentary Cold Love in winter of 2014-2015.

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  • John Huston

    Polar Explorer and Product Design Consultant

    Pack of Choice: Quetico Portage pack

    John Huston is a veteran of the first American expedition to reach the North Pole unsupported. In April of 2009 John and his expedition partner, Tyler Fish, became the first Americans to travel “unsupported” from land to the North Pole. This 55-day, 475-mile journey has been accomplished by only 14 expeditions and has been called the “toughest expedition on the planet.” To travel unsupported means to travel under one’s own power without resupply and embodying the ethos of preparation, simplicity, self-reliance, and accountability. He has also skied to the South Pole, dogsledded for 72 days on the Greenland ice cap, and most recently skijored for 65 days on Canada’s fabled Ellesmere Island. Since partnering with Granite Gear in 2007, John hasn’t left for any trip or expedition without employing the organizational skills of Granite Gear Zippsacks and Air Zippsacks. When not on the ice he’s often paddling a canoe with a Granite Gear Quetico Portage Pack in the boat.

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  • Eric Larsen

    Polar Explorer and Product Design Consultant

    Pack of Choice: Currently, the Crown V.C. 60

    Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher, mountain biker, weekend warrior, public speaker, educator, husband, father … Eric is a very active man! He has spent the past 15 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. In 2006, Granite Gear supported Eric and Lonnie Dupre on the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. More recently, Eric and companion Ryan Waters reached the geographic North Pole, completing their nearly 500 mile unsupported and unaided Last North expedition in just 53 days. Eric has summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his bike across the United States, been a backcountry ranger in Alaska and a white water canoe guide in Colorado. As an educator, Eric strives to connect people to places and issues.

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  • Justin Lichter

    Professional Thru-Hiker and Product Design Consultant

    Pack of Choice: the Virga 26 for an ultralight hike and the Crown V.C. 60 for a longer trek.

    Justin Lichter has hiked the equivalent to almost one and a half times around the Earth, and in one year hiked over 10,000 miles. (In total, he’s racked up over 35,000 miles!) His accomplishments include hiking unsupported from end to end through the Himalayas, through the Southern Alps of New Zealand, through Iceland and Norway, across the United States six times, and over 1800 miles through Africa. He is a ski patroller and enjoys backcountry skiing, Nordic skiing, biking, surfing and anything else outdoors and active. During his trek through the Himalayas, Trauma proudly carried the Leopard AC and found it to be the perfect pack for the treacherous 1500 mile hike. Justin is the author of Trail Tested and Ultralight Survival Kit.

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