Deuter Ambassadors

Climbing

Ari Novak

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About Ari Novak

Ari Novak is an ice climber and mountaineer for La Sportiva, Petzl and Deuter based out of Bozeman Montana. Novak’s love of ice and rock climbing has led him to establish first ascents around the country and around the world. In 2019 Novak and his team established the hardest water ice line in the Indian Himalayan “Snow Leopard” HW7 150m. In Montana, Novak established “White Tara” 5.10a along with Conrad Anker who describes the route as “one of the best rock routes in the State” In Alaska, Novak has explored some of the most remote reaches of the Matanuska glacier as featured in National Geographic. Novak’s number one passion is sharing climbing through teaching ice climbing technique to enable others to enjoy the mountains as safely as possible. Novak is a regular instructor at the Ouray and Michigan Ice Festival. In addition to ice climbing Ari enjoys ski mountaineering and all things winter.

Climbing

Favia Dubyk

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Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Favia is an avid boulderer who specializes in toe-hooks, lowball roofs, and complex traverses. Outside of climbing, Favia is known as Dr. Dubyk and serves as a physician at the University of New Mexico where she practices pathology. She enjoys sports and animal photography during her free time--often capturing images of her rottweiler-mixed dog, five cats, and her mountain-biking husband, Brian, during their many adventures.

Bike

Brittany Greer

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A Colorado native, Brittany grew up wakeboarding, skiing and snowboarding. In 2009, after returning from a year-long trip in Patagonia, she was introduced to the world of mountain biking and was instantly hooked. She's now devoted to spreading her love of mountain biking to the ever-growing lady shred scene in Colorado and beyond. She's the Director of Ladies' Program at COMBA (Colorado Mountain Bike Association), an enduro athlete and a coach for VIDA MTB. Weekdays she can usually be found on the local front range trails, and weekends she's racing enduro, coaching or exploring the world with her bike!
Climbing

Claire Bukowski

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Todd and Claire Bukowski are a father-daughter duo residing in Tucson, Arizona. Todd spent most of his life as a biologist and in recent years reinvented himself as a photographer, focused on climbing. Claire had an innate love of climbing, nurtured by the childhood spent tagging along with her father, working in the mountains of southern Arizona. Claire began climbing competitively in 2009. Shortly after, she discovered her love of outdoor climbing. The two love to travel about the southwest, often accompanied by Robin (Todd’s wife and Claire’s mom), as well as Sam, their dog.
Outdoor

Carolyn Highland

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Carolyn is a writer, teacher, and outdoor educator who just recently made the move from Golden, Colorado to Truckee, California. When Carolyn isn't teaching fourth grade at Tahoe Expedition Academy or leading international summer trips for Adventures Cross Country, she can be found backcountry skiing, trail running, mountain biking, climbing, or backpacking, and then writing nonfiction essays about it! Her work has been featured in Backcountry Magazine, Misadventures Magazine, The Leader, the NOLS Blog, A Worthy Expedition: The History of NOLS, and the Teton Gravity Research and Outdoor Women's Alliance websites. You can find all of Carolyn's writing at www.carolynhighland.com. Carolyn has a penchant for sufferfests and can often be found training for ultramarathons or long distance ski mountaineering pursuits like Colorado's Grand Traverse. She also loves big multi-sport days and hosted the first annual Cinco deCathlon this past May in Colorado.
Bike

Eric Bodine

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Eric grew up in New Jersey snowboarding the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, but now lives in Denver. He’s a civil engineer by day, and a serious weekend warrior. Eric is a competitive mountain bike racer who travels across the western United States competing in enduro races. When he isn’t racing, Eric spends his time fly fishing on the river or hiking to high alpine lakes in search of hungry trout. Eric strives to spend time in the outdoors every single day.
Climbing

Karsten Delap

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Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States including Grade V big walls in The Black Canyon, Long’s Peak, and Zion National Park. Karsten’s experience outside of the U.S. includes many peaks over 17,000ft in Boliva and Equador, as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina. Lately Karsten has been traveling to more exotic climbing locals such as Armenia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for work and play. Karsten spends his springs working in the High Sierra and the rest of the year traveling the world working for Fox Mountain Guides heading up their alpine programs. Karsten gained AMGA Alpine Guide Certification in 2013 becoming the first guide in the Southeast to achieve this certification. He also successfully completed the rock guide program in 2009 becoming the Southeast’s second AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Karsten has successfully completed the AMGA Ice Instructor Course, Leave No Trace Masters Educator Program and AIRIE Level II Avalanche Course. He has also passed his Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 1 certification and his American Avalanche Institute Level 3 certification. Karsten is a licensed Provider for the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Programs. He is also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B), and has his ACA Advanced Swift Water Rescue Certification that he puts to use volunteering for the Brevard Rescue Team as their “go-to” man for high angle technical and wilderness rescues and backcountry searches.
Bike

Eric Yoon

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About Eric Yoon

Eric is an enduro mountain bike racer and outdoor athlete living in Vail, Colorado. With a passion for fitness, Eric spends his office hours personal training and coaching cyclists. Graduating from the University of Colorado where he raced collegiate mountain biking, his pursuit of the outdoors was fueled by a degree in Environmental Studies. An avid traveler, Eric has been all over the world and continues to seek new adventures. He has no intentions of slowing down, on or off the bike. 

Outdoor

Jen Hudak

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About Jen Hudak

Jen is a two-time world champion and five-time X-Games medalist in halfpipe skiing. Today, she helps others redefine their relationship with fear through her work as a mindset coach. Most recently, Jen was on Season 30 of The Amazing Race, competing alongside her teammate, Kristi Leskinen. They went on to finish with the highest average of any female duo in the show's history and were the first team to ever finish all 12 legs in the top 3. Jen loves sharing her adventures and personal development journey through her blog, which has inspired thousands to live a fully-charged life. She currently resides in Park City, Utah, where she and her husband, Chris, have started their business, Escapod.us, a teardrop trailer company with sights set on making outdoor adventure more accessible for all. They love to ski, mountain bike and snuggle with their dogs, Milo and Luke. You can catch up with Jen on her favorite social media platform, Instagram @jenhudak or follow along at jenhudak.com.
Climbing

Gabrielle Dickerson

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Gabrielle is an East Coast sport climber, boulderer and now traditional climber based out of Southern Maryland. When she is not spending her weekends getting out to the crag, she can be found at Earth Treks Hampden in Baltimore, MD teaching bouldering classes. Gabrielle’s focus in rock climbing, in addition to achieving her project goals, is on the community. She strives to work with affinity spaces, climbing/outdoor companies, and individual leaders to help increase access to climbing and the outdoors, as well as to share and uplift the voices of those in under-represented communities. Outside of rock climbing, Gabrielle is a full-time cybersecurity engineer and graduate student, set to finish her Master’s in Cybersecurity in December 2019! While rock climbing is almost always the only thing Gabrielle wants to do, she also really enjoys getting any moment she can outside - be it running, hiking, backpacking, or reading in a hammock.

Outdoor

Colby Brokvist

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Colby is a professional adventure travel guide who leads active outings all over the globe. He has an affinity for mountain and polar realms. Some of his mainstay gigs include the John Muir Trail and Yosemite Grand Traverse in California, sailboat-based camping and kayaking in Antarctica, trekking in Patagonia, and polar bear photography trips in the Canadian Arctic. The ability to strike a balance between the adventurous, relaxing, and educational aspects of world travel continues to make Colby a sought-after expedition leader. Backed by a degree in Environmental Sciences and a myriad of professional certifications, he finds his passion for guiding in connecting people to wilderness in ways which they may not be able to experience on their own. The guiding lifestyle also leaves plenty of room for other pursuits – Colby is a published travel and nature photographer, likes beer and mountain bikes, often ropes up, and is an all-around top-notch outdoorsman. He’s thru-hiked the AT, trekked the Cali section of the PCT, tracked sloth bears in India, plodded up volcanoes in Ecuador, paddled through marble caves in Chile, and enjoyed local brews at the highest pub in Africa.
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Laura Lisowski

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Laura isn’t a traditional outdoor enthusiast like you read about in magazines. A 2009 University of Notre Dame graduate originally from Seattle, Washington, she works as a global sales executive in the financial world by day. Evenings and weekends, she’s a mountain dweller and outdoor warrior. Laura re-ignited her love for the outdoors when she moved to sunny, adventure-filled California in 2009. She spent five years living and working in San Francisco, trekking in every West Coast National park she could find. In early 2016, she accepted an opportunity to spend some time in her company’s London office. Now in the UK, Laura recently, she started The365Adventure snapchat channel, a channel taken over by one adventurer a day, 365 days a year. The purpose is to allow curious individuals to share their stories, discover, and inspire/get inspired by fellow enthusiasts. When not in the office or coordinating social media efforts, Laura can be found on a lake, scrambling up a mountain, or training for her next international marathon. Laura believes that the passion for the outdoors and ability to participate should not be restricted to hardcore enthusiasts, but should also be fully accessible and welcoming to the urban adventurer. It’s because of this that Laura is extremely passionate about connecting globally conscious adventurers and brands to one another through what they all have in common: love for the outdoors and the planet on which we live.
Family

Tyler Fontes and Family

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Tyler Fontes and his family live the urban lifestyle next to Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, however they love exploring the great outdoors and try to get their twin two year old boys in nature whenever possible.  Tyler is a full time stay at home Dad to Caellum and Emmerich and is always getting his kids out in nature.  They love that their kids love exploring the outdoors as much as they do.  When they get the opportunity Tyler and Andy are always taking their kids hiking in the Sonoran Dessert surrounding the Phoenix valley.  They also enjoy camping, kayaking, and fishing.  Tyler ad Andy started hiking with their kids when they were four months old and haven't stopped since.  In the past two years, they have taken their boys hiking/camping at the Grand Canyon North Rim, Coal Mine Canyon, Chiricahua National Monument, Zion National Park, Mammoth Mountain, McDowell Mountain Preserves and other National parks surrounding Phoenix.  Caelluum even took his first steps at their camp site in Zion National Park!  Exploring and respecting nature is a family value Tyler and Andy love passing down to their kids. 

Travel

Khai Johannes

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Living by the mantra, "it's not that you only live once, but that we only have one life to live", Khai sees everyday as a chance for adventure and experience. Born and raised in Colorado, Khai’s first love became the mountains and all the adventures within their peaks and valleys. He became obsessed with experiencing the mountains in multiple ways – climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking and backpacking. Wanting to see more mountains ranges with an occasional beach sunset, Khai took up a career in aviation and has since surfed in Costa Rica, snowboarded in Japan and scuba dived in Guam. And the adventure is just getting started.
Outdoor

Emma Walker and Bix Firer

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Emma Walker and Bix Firer met working as outdoor educators in 2013, and they’ve done their best not to sit still ever since. (They initially bonded over both having the same Deuter ACT Lite pack.) A couple of months after they met, Emma and Bix headed for Anchorage, Alaska, where Emma was finishing her master’s degree in outdoor education and Bix ran an after-school outdoor program. These two tied the knot in 2015. Fun fact: their names combine to make “Firewalker.” Since then, they’ve made their home in Golden, Colorado, where Emma works as a writer and Bix heads up programs for a national youth-serving nonprofit. They get outside with their trusty mutt Bodhi whenever they can, whether it’s on skis, bikes, packrafts, or their own two feet. You can find more of Emma’s writing at myalaskanodyssey.com.
Climbing

Priscilla Mewborne

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With the same analytical approach she took during her collegiate years, Priscilla expresses her passion for the outdoors rigorously and methodically. She takes the knowledge that she gained as a Mechanical Engineer and applies it to some of the biggest and most challenging mountains in North America. Whether she is on a remote photo-shoot in Northern Canada, or on a Bigwall in Yosemite; you will always find her cool, collected, and with a larger than life smile. Priscilla hopes to share her love for nature through her actions, when she isn't climbing you can find her performing Aerial Arts, Skiing, Hiking and practicing Yoga. Using her knowledge of complex rigging systems, she is able to get innovative angles and photographs of all the mountain sports that she holds dear. Priscilla believes that through movement and photography she can inspire others to get outside and obtain a greater appreciation of our natural world.

Slackline

Faith Dickey

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Faith was the first female to reach the same level as men in the sport of highlining, and she quickly proved that being a woman is not a disadvantage. Within six months of highlining she had crushed the previous female world records in the sport of slackline and has since continued to break her own records to set new ones. She is the first and only woman to reach the 100-meter length in highlining. She currently holds no less than five world records for women in the sport of slackline, is the only female regularly free soloing, and continues to push the limits not just for women but for the sport itself. Despite juggling the busy life of a professional athlete, she still manages to organize the annual Girls Only Slackline Festival along with her women's highline team G4G, which focuses on women highlining.
Bike

Hans Rey

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About Hans Rey

Rey was born in Germany in 1966 and this Swiss/American national now resides in Laguna Beach, Ca. with his wife Carmen. Hans is a former Trials World Champion and inductee of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of both the Mountain Bike Freeride movement and the Trials riding scene. As a professional rider and ambassador for the sport, he continues to travel the world, having so far visited 70 different countries. During the mid-1990s, Hans created the Hans Rey Adventure Team, visiting remote and extreme locations around the globe, often riding his bike where a bicycle had never been ridden before. Hans seeks out locations that are both historic and mysterious, always capturing his exploits for the media.
Outdoor

Jaylyn Gough

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Jaylyn Gough is from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. She holds a master's degree in clinical social work and has been a social worker for over ten years. She is also a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. She is the founder of Native Women's Wilderness, created to bring Native women together to share their stories, support each other, and learn from one another as they explore the outdoors. She also sits on the board of Women's Wilderness in Boulder, Colorado, that encourages and supports young girls in exploring the wild as well as putting on classes and excursions for women. She's an avid climber, hiker, mountain biker and a landscape photographer.
Family

Melody and Ruby Forsyth

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Melody and her family-husband and 4 children- live in Utah and was inspired  by her youngest child, Ruby, who has Down syndrome. Hiking was a way to cope with the diagnosis and change in family dynamics and she quickly realized she loved carrying her on her back  and sharing her love of the outdoors. She is determined to show that everyone has a place in the outdoors and that a diagnosis doesn’t have to limit you. Currently her family is on a mission to hike in all the National Parks with Ruby and their 3 other children. Melody created @downwithadventure as a way to share Ruby’s adventures, promote kindness and inclusion and encourage women to find their passion and take time for self care. She is obsessed with cactus, maps, flamenco dancing and hiking in skirts.

Family

John Soltys Family

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A lifelong resident of Washington state, John and his family live in the mountains to be in the outdoors as much as possible. The kids have been hiking since they could walk (or be carried) and now head deep into the wilderness every summer.  The family also snowshoes, fishes, and is just getting into climbing. John writes at moosefish.com and as @moosefish on the socials. When he can't be in the outdoors, he's a computer nerd.

Alpine

Kristin Arnold and Jason Denley

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Kristin and Jason grew up in Colorado and Tennessee, respectively. Kristin spent the majority of her childhood in the outdoors backpacking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Jason developed a love for the mountains after yearly trips to Colorado to visit his grandfather. They met in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the lure of the big mountains and vast wilderness brought them north to Alaska where they currently reside. They split their time between McCarthy, an end-of-the-road town, and the more "populated" ski town of Girdwood. Both work as guides for Mountain Trip leading tours up Denali in the Alaska Range, and for St. Elias Alpine Guides in the Wrangell-St. Elias mountains. Both are continuing their education to become fully certified AMGA guides. When not guiding they can be found taking every opportunity to explore the mountains and rivers of the Alaskan backcountry—skiing, mountaineering and packrafting. They also love getting to spend time rock climbing and road tripping around the lower 48 in their converted camper van.
Family

Amelia Mayer Family

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Amelia Mayer and her husband firmly believe in an outdoor upbringing for their five young kids, however simple or "extreme" that may be. Their goal is that their kids continue to think a normal life involves consistent and varying outdoor adventures. They reside in Grand Teton and are happiest hiking, biking, camping, boating, skiing or exploring. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire other families to get out as much as possible, despite the extra challenges that young kids sometimes provide. They also publish many gear reviews, mostly because great gear can make or break an outdoor day. You can find the Mayer family and the active adventure family community they have worked hard to build on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
Outdoor

Katherine Andrew

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Kat Andrew lives and plays in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Some of her most recent adventures include getting engaged on the W Trek in Chilean Patagonia, a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail and getting married and honeymooning in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She loves to backpack and has a love-hate relationship with a bear can. Kat is a bike commuter, caver and climber and holds an ACA Level 2 stand up paddle board instructor certification. But her real passion lies in introducing beginners and kids to the exciting and challenging world of outdoor adventure. When not playing outside for fun she has the privilege of playing outside for work with the Outdoor Section of the City's Parks and Recreation department. She has a passion for healthy eating and cooking and loves the challenge of preparing elaborate dishes in the backcountry. She lives with a good husband & a bad dog in Roanoke, Virginia.
Climbing

Kathy Karlo

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Author of the blog, For the Love of Climbing, Kathy lives for rock climbing, brown dog snugs, belly laughs, sharing doughnuts with strangers, positive vibes, spontaneity, van-dwelling, and unplanned adventures. Between baking and loving on dogs, she is desperately trying not to kill the last few living basil plants in her apartment.
Family

Peirce Family

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Desert dwellers with roots in Idaho and NorCal, Morgan and Cade Peirce are raising their kids in the outdoors.  Their little crushers have been climbing since before they could walk and are passionate boulderers just like their dad (mom’s hoping to get them psyched on multi’s in the near future). 

 

“Having worked in the climbing and angling industries for over a decade, it’s been a lifelong passion to raise little outdoor stewards of our own. We’re stoked to bring Deuter along on all our adventuring, both near and far from home.”  

 

Morgan keeps a relatably hilarious online journal of what she calls “one gloriously cute shit show”. Follow along for a real life account of what it’s like to recreate outdoors with littles. The ups, downs and in-betweens.