Our Athletes

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.

Jeff Mikus

Jeff Mikus

Husband, Father, Hunter, Fish Catcher, Advocate of Agriculture, Runner, Music Aficionado, Amateur,  Foodie, Texan, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: NA

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.

Scott Blanton

Scott Blanton

Husband, Father, Firefighter, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: Captain

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

Alex Blanton

Alex Blanton

College Student, Backpacking Enthusiast, Hunting Fanatic, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE
Nickname: Ax

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

Tom douthit

Tom Douthit

Husband, Father, Physician Assistant, Air National Guard, Outdoor Enthusiast, ASCENT TEAM ATHLETE

Nickname: TD

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

Nathan Dinardi

Nathan DeNardi

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

Steve Eccard

Steve Eccard

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