Initial Ascent Team Athletes are backcountry hunters who have helped ensure we have created equipment that will support you on your most extreme expeditions. We at Initial Ascent want to thank each of you for all of your contributions in helping us create products that are benchmarked on Innovation, Quality, Durability, Functionality and Comfort.
Husband, Father, Hunter, Fish Catcher, Advocate of Agriculture, Runner, Music Aficionado, Amateur, Foodie, Texan, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Did you know..? Officiates Collegiate Football, Ran the Olympic Torch in 1996.
Favorite Backcountry Meal: BACON! Fat and protein, what else do you need!?! And, there’s always some kind of candy in my pack!
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Satellite Phone. Hearing my family’s voice always makes the day better.
Husband, Father, Firefighter, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Did you know…? Opening day 2016, my two sons and I harvested 3 bucks in 3 minutes at “No Tell’m Creek”.
Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Fingernail clippers
College Student, Backpacking Enthusiast, Hunting Fanatic, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Did you know…? Lived in the bush in Africa for two months establishing safari camps at age 14
Favorite Backcountry Meal: Zac Griffith’s oats protein mix (protein powder, nuts, rolled oats)
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Gum
Husband, Father, Physician Assistant, Air National Guard, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Did you know…? My passion for the outdoors is only surpassed by my passion to have my girls (age 10 & 12) fill their tags. Nothing is more rewarding. They have harvested 4 bucks and an elk and I look forward to may more successful hunts with them.
Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Lasagna
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Book
Husband, Father, Taxidermist, archer, with an uncontrollable passion for everything outdoors, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Nickname: Tater, Doinker, Rambo
Did you know…? The average person gives up at 40% of their true potential
Favorite Backcountry Meal: Mountain House Sausage and Egg Breakfast Burritos. Bring tortillas. They are not included!
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: Pink lemonade water flavoring
Taxidermist, father, avid hunter and hiker, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Nickname: Birdman or Capt. Redbeard
Did you know…? I've been fond of wildlife from a young age and have spent lots of time studying and trying to understand what and why animals are doing what they do.
Favorite Backcountry Meal: Tuna fish and Gatorade
Favorite Non-Essential Item you take into the Backcountry: camera