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We're Out There Living It



The individuals below are part of our ambassador program, and we’ve nicknamed these fine outdoorsmen and women “Creatures of the Night”. This program was born from our desire to hear feedback on and collaborate with outdoor enthusiasts who are exploring various activities daily. We’ve proudly chosen the individuals below who share the important commonality of a love for the outdoors. Learn more about them below and check out their social media channels and websites to follow their adventures!


UCO Ambassador AIDAN KLIMENKO

PASSIONS: #Vanlife, Photography

With three years living on the road, Aidan Klimenko is what you might call a “ramblin’ man”. His adventure starts in Bozeman, Montana - where he got a degree in both film and photography, and where he truly fell in love with the outdoors. Since graduating, Aidan has spent his time jumping from one adventure to the next while documenting the whole thing, starting it all off with a yearlong drive down to South America in an old VW van (which doubles as his home/office). Since then, he’s explored the national parks with Backpacker Magazine and Subaru, blown a few engines, filled a few hard drives and has become fully hooked on the perpetual motion of life on the road.

FIND AIDAN ON HIS INSTAGRAM AND AT HIS WEBSITE




Passions: Bushcraft, Survival, Woodcraft, Trapping, Hunting, Fishing

Dave Canterbury is a popular survival instructor, and the co-owner of Self Reliance Illustrated Magazine. His methodology for survival is based on what he coins the 5C’s of survivability; these are the 5 items that have been used cross culturally from ancient times to affect survival. He has posted over 900 self- reliance instructional videos on the web with over 350,000 subscribers worldwide and over 58,000,000 video views. Dave's book BushCraft 101 is currently on the Amazon Best Seller List as well as holding a spot for 4 months on the NY Times Best Seller List. He is the owner of the Pathfinder Training School in SE Ohio and has over 2500 students worldwide.

FIND DAVE ON HIS INSTAGRAM AND AT HIS WEBSITE

Passions: COLD places, Exploring, Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Camping

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 20 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. In 2006, Eric completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2010, he successfully reached the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest in a 365-day period. In 2014, 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 which was recently featured in a self-shot Animal Planet documentary. More recently, Eric and Ryan also accomplished a 'first ascent' of Jabou Ri, a 6,000 meter peak in the remote Rolwaling Valley of Nepal.

Eric has summited Mt. McKinley, ridden his bike across the United States, been a backcountry ranger in Alaska and a whitewater canoe guide in Colorado. As an educator, Eric strives to connect people to places and issues. As a photographer, he likes to take pictures of cool gear in awesome places.

FIND ERIC ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM,  AND HIS WEBSITE

Steven Reinhold UCO Ambassador
Passions: Adventure Philanthropy, Snowboarding, Climbing, Backpacking

An adventurous spirit has led Steven to incredible places and brought an abundance of wonderful people into his life. The joys and strife of adventure have given him a confident yet humble approach to daily life. Through snowboarding, climbing, backpacking and traveling Steven gets the chance to live a life full of beauty and wonder. His passion of late has become adventure philanthropy which involves raising money for the Big City Mountaineers charity through mountaineering expeditions. Steven recently started his own guiding company, The Appalachian Adventure Company, and he is based out of western North Carolina.

FIND STEVEN ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND YOUTUBE

Kathy Karlo UCO Ambassador

Passions: Rock Climbing and Traveling

Kathy’s love of rock and ice has been a life changing experience. She encourages anyone and everyone to try it! She believes that climbing a rock is so much more than that…it’s a life journey that forever tests the limits of possibility. When she’s not on the road, she owns a Brooklyn and Boulder-based nanny agency. Between baking and loving’ on dogs, she’s desperately trying not to kill the last few living basil plants in her apartment. Kathy also runs fortheloveofclimbing.com – a blog focusing on the climbing lifestyle and community aspect while also encouraging more women to engage in the outdoor experience.

FIND KATHY ON INSTAGRAM AND AT HER WEBSITE

Gemina Garland-Lewis UCO Ambassador
Passions: Photography, Backpacking, Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Sailing, Slot canyons, A good cup of tea, The golden hour, & Maps

Gemina got her start in the outdoors early on, with the better part of the first three years of her life spent in a backpack or a tent exploring the American southwest and northern Mexico with her parents. Exploration and outdoor adventuring have continued to be an important part of her life, and she can't quite decide if she's more at home in the mountains of the PNW or the canyon country of the southwest. Her chronic wanderlust means she is always thinking about the next adventure, whether it be a nearby hike or a project half way around the world. She is a National Geographic Explorer and Explorer for The Outbound Collective. You will likely find her out on the trail and chasing the light with camera in tow, a silly grin on her face.



FIND GEMINA ON INSTAGRAM AND AT HER WEBSITE

Passions: Rock-climbing, Trail running, Photography, & Chocolate

Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Melise now resides in the pacific northwest rock-climbing and eating chocolate to her heart's content! Melise has traveled all over the US for rock-climbing and competitions. When she's not climbing, she is passionate about traveling, meeting new people, practicing French, reading about wildlife and baking devilishly sweet treats.

FIND MELISE ON INSTAGRAM AND AT HER WEBSITE

 Frankie Choltco-Devlin - UCO Ambassador
Passions: Mountain Exploration, Splitboarding, Mountain Biking, Chocolate Lab Lake Sessions

Frankie spends most of the year exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with his good friends on their splitboards. Alpine summits, steep couloirs and gorgeous powder pillows are always top priorities on the objectives list. When the Cascade winter season comes to a close, trips to snowier places such as South America and Alaska begin to materialize as the quest for deep snow and awesome lines continues. When not splitboarding, Frankie can be found riding his mountain bike and rock climbing up and down the West Coast. He also manages to hold down a steady job designing solar panels in Bellingham, Wa. Down days are spent at the lake with his Chocolate Lab, Wyatt and with his family who instilled a deep love for the outdoors by taking him camping, canoeing and hiking frequently since he was born.

FIND FRANKIE ON INSTAGRAM

Jeff Hatch - UCO Ambassador
Passions: Primitive skills, Wilderness survival, Bushcraft, Backpacking, Ice climbing, & Trekking

Jeff’s connection with nature has been very strong since he was a very young child, he was always out in the forest exploring, and making forts. As he got older he studied primitive skills and how Native American lived their lives, he would recreate everything he learned out in the forest. He has also studied the Sámi people of Lapland Scandinavia where he learned what it takes to live and survive in a cold climate. Jeff has had many wilderness adventures around the world including Northern Vancouver Island British Columbia and Alaska. He now focuses all the skills he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wilderness. Jeff has recently started his own school is Western Massachusetts called Raven Wildernesses School.

FIND JEFF ON YOUTUBE, INSTAGRAM, AND AT HIS WEBSITE

    @UCOGEAR INSTA FEED

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