Roads Rivers and Trails

Dream. Plan. Live.

Meet the Team

"Ice Man"

-Owner
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Hi, my name is Bryan.  I had not owned a single piece of gear through my first 25 years on this planet: it sure does accumulate fast though.  My passion for the outdoors actually spawned from rock n’ roll and road trips.  The national parks, endless landscapes, and curiously bright colors sent me into an obsession with nature and adventure travel.

 

013My first backpacking trip then lasted 170 days on the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.  Since then some trips I’ve enjoyed are; 40 miles of barefoot backpacking in northern Vermont, remote trekking in the wilderness of Alaska, countless revisits of the AT including 4 Katahdin summits (and counting), a voyage to the Canadian Rockies, most recently a trek in Iceland, and all the local trails that I can find time for. I also enjoy kayaking, camping, hiking, climbing, running, and site seeing.

I’ve really enjoyed the amazing people this job has allowed me to meet. You’ll find me giving presentations, helping at boat demonstrations, or hosting trail runs when I’m not in the store.

 

Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  Biggest on my list are the Tour de Mont Blanc, Long Range Traverse, Torres Del Paine, and Kalalua Trail.  All three are bucket list trips

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A-  My annual winter trip. It is my favorite season to get outside and I love trying to pick the coldest week to do it! This year we are heading to the presidential range and Mt. Washington!

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A-  The Laugavegur Trail in Iceland.  We took a week to backpack and another week to do the Ring Road around the country. The most stunning and diverse place I’ve been. You need to go there!

 

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"Tundra Wookie"

I’ve been all over this great country and to several others, but I was born and raised right here in Milford, Ohio.  I grew up with 6 brothers, awesome parents, and 150 acres to run wild.  With that many boys in the family, my father utilized the Scouting program to help bring some order and discipline to the chaos.  He taught us many things, but most importantly helped us become men with character.   I did attain the rank of Eagle Scout as well.

After taking a High Adventure trip to Alaska just after High School, I landed a summer job guiding trips for the High Adventure Base. For 6 summers, I enjoyed backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and road tripping all over Alaska with groups of Boy Scouts from all over the US.  In 2006, I had to fulfill an urge to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.  In order to do so and ensure my employment as a guide in Alaska, I had to start post Alaska, which meant a winter thru hike.  Bryan Wolf, fellow RRT owner, joined me on the 6 month 2200 mile adventure from Maine to Georgia.

While traveling, I found an amazing community of great souls that I wanted to continue to be a part of.  While guiding, I realized my title as guide carried more weight and respect than any title achieved before.  I was responsible for a safe and successful trip, but I had the power to help make it an amazing eye opening or life changing trip.  With each trip, I strived to better my skills, experience and knowledge so I could share that with others.  To encourage and help others take on such incredible adventures is the only real reason RRT came to be.  Dream – Plan – Live

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  I am day dreaming of  traveling to Patagonia, Tanzania, and Antarctica

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A-  We are planning many, but next up is Backpacking and kayaking in Washington State this fall

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A-  Two week backpacking trip on Stewart Island, New Zealand followed by a two week road trip.

 

"Karma"

I am a habitual daydreamer; my bucket list is the size of a small novel. The backbone of my obsession with adventure began with my parents and the camping and travel vacations I embarked upon as a child. Finding friends and family with similar mindsets fueled this obsession, and I’ve now traveled to 47 of 50 states, worked and accompanied multiple expeditions in Alaska, traveled in Europe and backpacked sections of the AT to name a few.

My outdoor experience, a college degree in business, and 11 years of experience helped to springboard my entrepreneurial dreams into opening Roads Rivers and Trails with my husband Joe and my cousin Bryan.  Owning a small business has taught me to carefully plan my adventures in order to maximize the number of peak experiences. You can walk into the store any day of the week and I can tell you my adventure goals for next year and the year after. The best way to achieve a dream is to book it.

Louis Pasteur put it best when he said; “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” These key characteristics fuel my passions. Being described as energetic, adventurous, and inventive, my life has been guided by my determination for achievement and exploration. Live adventurously.

"Onion"

Hi, I’m Brandon! My biggest outdoor pursuits are backpacking, trail running, cycling, swimming, and I hope to make climbing a priority in the near future. The outdoors have always been a focal point in my life; from camping trips growing up, to mountain biking in Daniel Boone NF, to running endless miles around East Fork State Park. My favorite trip thus far was an attempted thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail which runs the length of the Rockies from the Mexican border to Canada. Due to injury I returned after five hundred miles and never made it out of New Mexico. Nonetheless its one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and plan on completing the thru-hike in the next few years.

Other trips have sent me exploring the Dolly Sods, Cranberry Wilderness, Mt. Marcy, speed hiking the Sheltowee Trace, and winter ascents of Colorado 14ers’. I look forward to meeting you and getting you ready for your next trip!

"Wildcard"

Hello! My name is Olivia. I am a scientist by education and baker by trade. I recently (December 2015, the day after my birthday) graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science in both Geology and Environmental Studies! My love for the outdoors stemmed as a child with countless hikes through a local park with my family and fossil collecting with my brother and father at Caesar’s Creek. Over time that love of nature evolved in high school to participating in various competitions surrounding the tri-state area (i.e. soil, forestry, and ecology).  After those competitions that same lust for knowledge of the world surrounding me and being able to identify those features never stopped. There are too many questions to be answered.

In the scientific realm, geology is definitely my main squeeze. Ask me about some rocks, fossils, or geologic features and I can geek for hours explaining their significance. Unless I don’t know the answer, then countless hours of research will commence to determine an answer. I cannot get enough. If you’re in a trail party with me, expect to learn something about the geology and ecology of that area. The encyclopedia of knowledge inside my brain cannot be contained! The best part about backpacking for me is being out in the field identifying features (i.e. faults, drainage patterns…), collecting samples, identifying minerals/thinking about pressure temperature windows those rocks were exposed to, and overall being a part of something much larger than myself. Over the years I have dropped many parts of myself on the trail and gained new insights in my search for a sense of place.

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  Visiting  Alaska again, this time in hopes of summiting Mt. Denali. / Graduate school in Environmental Studies

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A- There are two: January 2018, hope to summit Aconcagua with Alpine Ascents in Argentina, and leading my first glacier/ climbing trip to the Bugaboos in British Columbia. The idea is to climb the Spire in June 2018. Stay posted

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A–  A cross country road trip to help my brother’s girl friend move out to Salt Lake City with him. We stopped in Omaha, and Vedawoo, Wyoming on the way. Once in SLC we visited alpine lake Blanche, soloed the West Slabs of Mt. Olympus and climbed in Hell’s gate.

 

"Leapfrog"

Hi, I’m Will but I’m just as happy to be called my trail name “Leapfrog”. I’m interested in backpacking, running, fishing, and just about anything that gets me outside. I’m an Eagle Scout and 2016 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. On my northbound thru-hike I learned a lot about myself, my gear, and what it means to be “hiker trash”. This 5 month trip instilled a love of backpacking and infrequent showers in me and I’ve got a long list of future trips planned all across the country.

My next trips will probably be on the Knife’s Edge Trail on Mount Katahdin, a John Muir Trail thru-hike, and a Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. Keeping a long bucket list keeps me sane and gives me something to dream about and work towards. I congratulated myself on my high school graduation with my AT thru and I plan on rewarding myself on college graduation with the PCT. I’ve got a long distance backpacking bug, but really I’m excited to get out on any backpack trip- from a winter ascent of Leconte to a week long trek through some of the best scenery Iceland has to offer.

I’ll be happy to talk about my favorite backpacking gear or my most recent adventure anytime. Backpacking is my true love but I’ve got a growing interest and knowledge in kayaking and climbing. I consider myself somewhat of a shoe and jacket guru so I’ll be happy to help you find the shoes that work best for you and probably geek out about the gear in the process. I’ll be attending Ohio State this year to study Environmental Engineering and will hopefully make an impact on this world in that field.

"Birdman"

I’m a Cincinnati Native who has a passion for start-ups and local business. I love my family, and I spend most of my time relaxing around a pool or bon-fire with my 30+ cousins.

My first major backpacking trip was in 2014 when I hiked the John Muir Trail in California. It took 21 days to hike 230 miles, and I wish it never ended. Sequoia National Park was my favorite part of the journey, and climbing Mt. Whitney was the best ending I could have asked for. I started the journey to Mt. Whitney with 3 friends and I came home with 20 new ones. My goal is to go back and hike the trail every 10 years as a reunion with the friends we made. Fingers crossed I can stick to it!

Outside of the JMT I’ve spent most my time down in Red River Gorge running, hiking, cliff jumping or climbing. I graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2013 with a degree in Marketing, and I now work in the wonderful world of finance. Roads Rivers and Trails has always been my home away from home.  This is where I daydream about the outdoors, and swap stories with all my friends. All of my favorite trips started here, and I can’t wait to see what adventures come next. If you have any pictures or videos of your latest adventures then please do not hesitate to share!

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  Honeymoon cruise with my fiancé to Jamaica, Cayman Islands & Mexico.

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A-  The Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier with a summit climb at the end.

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A-  Hiking/Camping in Joshua Tree, CA.

 

"Junior"

Being the youngest member of the RRT crew, I am 16 years old, and go to Milford High School.  As you might’ve found out, age can restrict you to do a number of things, but you can never be too young or too old to truly enjoy what nature has to offer. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, where I lived for about a year before I moved to the wonderful city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved the outdoors, whether it be a quick hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center with my dad, sister, and one of my four dogs, or living in a tent at a High Adventure Camp for ten days.

Time with friends and family is considered sacred to me, and bringing those experiences to the wilderness has only strengthened my love for mother nature. I have spent time all over this gorgeous country, but my favorite trip so far has been my family trip to Alaska. We rode the full length of the infamous Alaska Railroad, making several stops on the way, and getting to spend a significant amount of time hiking, exploring, and mountain biking in Denali National Park. In all of my time in the open air, I have been able to test and push my gear to its limits.

I have been spending my money at Roads, Rivers, and Trails ever since I got my first payment on my paper route, so as you can imagine, I know my gear pretty well. One of my specialties is my knowledge on the Benchmade knife brand, as well as pretty much any other knife that we have in the case.  Even though I have an abundance of knowledge on knives,  I also know a lot about the clothing, boots, bags, and other gear that we carry here at RRT.  Feel free to ask me any questions you have about me, my trips, or any of the gear that you see, I will be more than happy to help.

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  I’m currently day dreaming about the Swiss Alps, but would love to visit Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park in the near future.

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A-  My next trip will be in Yosemite with a group of classmates from Milford.

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A–  The last trip I took was in the beautiful Yellowstone National Park, where I ventured around the  Northwestern region. I spent about 16 days going to landmarks such as the Devil’s Tower,  Badlands, and Grand Tetons.

 

 

"Squanto"

My name is Ben, I’ve always had a love of the outdoors but in the past years that has exploded.  Upon starting at the University of Cincinnati in 2014 working towards my B.S. in Architectural Engineering I picked up backpacking through the UC Mountaineering Club, I quickly picked up climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, kayaking, mountaineering and its really just snowballed since then.

In my first trips with my friends I found I was much better versed in directions then they were…  They would jokingly call me “Squanto” because I could “lead the way by the stars” but it stuck and now about half the trips I go on I have people affectionately calling me Squanto.   Every weekend I get, I can be found down in Red River Gorge in what my friends call “my weekend office”.

My first big trip was a week long trip out to Zion NP, UT and Great Sand Dunes NP, CO with two of my buddies.  We set out with one trip planned and came back having completed something completely different and extremely amazing.  Since then I’ve been to The Wind River Range, WY, The Black Mountains, NC, Bryce Canyon NP, UT, Guadalupe Mountains NP, TX, Porcupine Mountains SP, MI, and all over Colorado.  I’ve summited 4 14ers including Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain NP and multiple 6ers here on the East Coast including  Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig.  This list will forever be growing…

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  Hiking Mt. Mansfield, VT in December, Road tripping around South Dakota to visit an old friend and Hike Black Elk Peak in March, Hiking Crater Lake NP in April, Hiking Boulder Pass in Glacier NP in August 2018 (I keep busy…)

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A– My next big trip is a 5 day road trip around Michigan this coming October to show some friends my home state.

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A–  My last trip was out to The Wind River Range in Wyoming and Rocky Mountain NP on a 6 day trip, 3 spent getting to Titcomb Lake and Indian Pass, 2 spent hiking in and out of The Cirque du Towers and another spent summiting Longs Peak, a 14,259’ beast of a mountain…  In all 72 miles hiked in 6 days, an amazing and tiring trip.

 

Hey! My name is Emma. I’m a “professional volunteer” and am preparing myself to combine social work with my love of the outdoors. While volunteering through Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and AmeriCorps I lived in rural Montana and Southeast Alaska. There I was lucky enough to live with incredible access to myriad trails, opportunities for simplicity and stillness, and a time to connect to the land.

After stomping around glaciers, plains, and a rainforest for two years, I challenged myself to come home and find the same sense of wonder in nature back here in Cincinnati without the mountains, insane wildlife, or sense of solitude.

Though I am still working on finding that sense of wonder and contentment here, I’m looking forward to exploring more of the world and finding it there.

 

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Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?

A-  I’m especially inclined to make my way to South America, the Canadian Rockies, the Alaskan Interior, and anywhere that has good trees to climb. 

Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?

A– I’d like to get more acquainted with distance biking so I’m hoping to bike the Little Miami Trail pretty soon.

Q– What was the last trip you took?

A–  Before leaving Alaska in June, my roommates and I took a week to camp across the Kenai Peninsula along the south-central part of the state.

 

 

"Shinbone"

Hello! My name is Eli and I am very excited to be working at RRT. I couldn’t be happier to surround my self in an environment that I feel so passionate about. It is my hope I can share my love of the outdoors with you and answers any questions you may have.

I was raised in a family where camping was common and being outside was valued. But I never had an extended backpacking trip until high school. A 50 mile trip through Shenandoah National Park in early spring inspired me to thru hike one day. One week after graduating high school I found my self in Maine beginning my thru hike.

Over the past few years I have also become an avid rock climber. I love to gym climb and traverse at the Eden Park reservoir wall. I have climbed traditionally a few times down at the Red River Gorge. Climbing is a sport that I hope to continue practicing through out the rest of my life along with long distance back packing.

"Mac n' Cheese"
Hello friends! My name is Mac and I am so excited to be a part of the team here at RRT! I grew up here in Milford, graduated from Milford High in 2010, attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated at the end of April 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and minors in Anthropology and Spanish. My love of the outdoors began with my parents, who always opted to go camping instead of staying in hotels while traveling. During the summer, we would spend nearly every weekend camping at East Fork or Stonelick State Park. Growing up so close to nature helped develop a love and respect that now fuels my passion for adventuring.

Before RRT opened in 2010, I didn’t even know backpacking was a thing. Since then I have learned so much about thru-hiking, rock climbing, and adventuring in general. I did not have the opportunity to travel much in high school, but since graduating in 2010 I have traveled to Death Valley and Zion National Parks, made several trips to Red River Gorge and Hocking Hills, and left the country for the first time in October 2016 for a 2-week New Zealand adventure with my father. Now life is taking me out west to Colorado, where I plan on taking my adventuring to the next level and pursuing a career in trail guiding or ecosystem restoration.

"Clover"

Hello! I am a UC graduate that loves adventuresplorin’. I have a serious wanderlust and love traveling as much as possible. My main passions are rock climbing and backpacking, but I also love exploring new cultures and languages. I returned this December from a year abroad in Austria, and I was blessed to explore many different countries and to also spend a good amount of time in the Alps. I believe that if travel is your main priority then anything is possible when combined with a simple lifestyle. I am always scheming and day dreaming of the next trip and my bucket list is enormous. Cheers to adventure!

"Goatman"

Howdy, folks! Getting to know Craig “Goatman” isn’t hard. Just start talking about the wild places between cities, where the rivers run from the hills and the mountains rise to meet the sun and you’re already speaking my language. I was born on the side of a Kentucky foothill and run back to the high, lonely places whenever I can. In my years aboard Spaceship Earth, I’ve hiked, ran, climbed, kayaked, canoed, and rambled my way around America whenever and wherever I’ve been able. I consider the Red River Gorge my true address, if anyone’s looking for me outside of the city.

In 2013, I walked south for ~1200 miles of the Appalachian Trail (Maine-Virginia), the greatest experience of my life. I can’t wait to finish up and get on down to Georgia. Although long-distance backpacking is forte, the Goatman fears not a road, river, nor trail! Nor cave, beach, nor canyon for that matter. If I could hike to Mars, I’d be on the way.

I’m excited about joining the RRT team and I’m willing to help in anyway I can, so just ask and I shall elucidate to the best of my ability. Happy trails, joyful rivers, and smooth roads all around.

"Lou Bear"

Greetings!  My name is Louie and I couldn’t be happier to be an employee here at Roads Rivers and Trails.  Despite never having experienced the wildly, wonderful world of the wilderness until I was 19 years old. I have definitely dove in head first since then.  My first ever trip was a 4 day backpacking trip to Shenandoah National Park after graduating high school in 2010, and to put it simply, that trip changed my life.  Since then, I have rock climbed in Maine, backpacked sections of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and Tennessee, winter summited 14ers in Colorado, and hiked in more areas than I am able to count.  And the list will continue to grow, I promise!

Forever a hiker at heart, I try to enjoy as many other outdoor activities as possible.  In addition to hiking all over the country, I enjoy exploring with my dog Korra, meeting and sharing stories with new people, and simply taking a step back from it all and lying in my hammock to read a good book.  My wandering in college led me to the University of Cincinnati’s Mountaineering Club where I have met some very amazing people and fellow adventure lovers.  This connection to the outdoors community in Cincinnati then introduced me to everyone at Roads Rivers and Trails where I’m now working my dream job.  I am always ready and willing to go out of my way to assist others, and love sharing my experiences with others who are interested.

"Mountain Man"

Hello, my name is James. My journey in my careers has taken me from a number of leadership positions being an Assistant Manager, Store Manager, and a District Manager with a number of companies. These experiences have brought me to my current leadership position as the Store Manager at Roads Rivers & Trails. I am honored to be apart of something as genuine and pure as RRT. The owner’s passion for the outdoors, community, delivering customer service, and living life to the fullest aligns with my passion, and I’m lucky that they have taken me into their team!

I have traveled to over 30 states and hiked in over 25 National Parks throughout my life.  My top three National Parks have been Zion, Yosemite, and Arches National Park so far.  I have experienced all of these natural wonders with my wife and two boys at my side.  In addition to hiking I enjoy camping, mountain biking, kayaking, frisbee golf, relaxing in my hammock, and in general being outside in the fresh air.  Over the past 14 years I have become an avid rock climber. I have had the opportunity to climb throughout the United States and have met a great number of amazing people along the way. My passion for climbing runs through my mind, body, and spirit, in a way that I can’t explain.