ABOUT THE CREW

ABOUT THE CREW

We’re a quirky group of outdoor knuckleheads, gear junkies, and story tellers. We’re adventure ready at all times and cherish our, sometimes, ridiculous work environment. Most importantly, however, we fiercely believe in connecting people with wild places.  An adventure with the right people in the right place can be life-changing.

JIMMY FUNKHOUSER

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Trail Running, Backpacking, Snowboarding

Outdoor Expertise – Backpacking experience – 12+ years. 10+ years as a trail runner that has never really cared for running much. I’m really only interested in long-distance running as it maximizes potential for serious adventure. Nothing is scarier than a 5K.

My Story – Jimmy started FERAL in 2016 with one simple mission in mind: “create adventure”. He has always been passionate about getting people outside and up the mountain, and he created a business that could be a vessel for that personal mission. After growing up in Indiana, a chance encounter with the Appalachian Trail changed Jimmy’s perspective on the relationship that we have with nature, and the value of adventure. Ever since that trip he’s been an outdoor evangelist, dragging everyone he can get his mitts on to the trails. You can usually find Jimmy trail running in the Front Range, or visiting his favorite Denver or Idaho Springs watering hole with his dog Sophie.

JENNIFER CLARK

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Trail Running, Backpacking, Sport Climbing, Hiking and Camping

Outdoor Expertise – Backpacking experience – 15+ years. This includes planning trips, preparing and dehydrating meals, packing and guiding others through their first backpacking trips. Running – I’ve been long distance running for 12 years and within the past 8 years have transitioned to only trail running.

My Story – I grew up backpacking with family in Southern Colorado and New Mexico and in my adulthood have continued to take several trips a year throughout the United States and Canada. I’ve backpacked a few days to a few weeks at a time and have started making and dehydrating my own meals to supplement these adventures. In addition to local trips around New Mexico and Colorado’s wilderness areas, I’ve also backpacked, camped and hiked in numerous wilderness areas and National parks including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, the Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, the Lost Coast, Redwood State Park, Zion, Arches, Bryce, Canada’s Yoho, Jasper, and Banff National Parks, and the Cajamarca region of Northern Peru.This past summer I completed my longest solo trip (about 800 miles) when I through-hiked the Colorado section of the Continental Divide Trail. This amazing trip has inspired me to pursue the “Big 3” trails in the continental US, starting with the CDT!

When I’m not off backpacking, I love trail running around the Front Range and throughout the Colorado Rockies. Though I don’t have any official trail races under my belt yet, my goal this year is to run my first ultramarathon!

JOE BREWER

Favorite Outdoor Activities – When it comes down to it, I just like being outdoors. Any activity will do… that said, some of my favorites include: backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, skate skiing, skiing, disc golf, kayaking, fly fishing, and mountain biking.

My Story – After graduating college with a degree in natural resource management, I decided to dedicate my time to exploring the natural world and all it has to offer. What started as an exploration soon became a passion, I was addicted to all things outside. In 2012 I decided to hike the Appalachian trail and ruin all hopes I had of living a normal life. In 2013 I took a year off from hiking to work at the northern terminus of the AT in the beautiful Baxter State Park, Maine. The call of the wild was strong though and I once again found myself hiking a long trail, this time the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014. With my thru hiking addiction in full swing, I continued my adventures in 2015 with a hike of the Continental Divide Trail. Currently I’m creating videos (including videos from all of my thru hikes) on my youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Biophthera, managing an outdoor website here: http://backcountrybanter.com, and sharing whatever knowledge I can in store at Feral. 

Outdoor Expertise – Over these last few years, I’ve spent more time outdoors than in. If you have questions on anything related to hiking, backpacking, camping, thru hiking, or gear of any sort, I’ve probably got an answer for you. In addition, I’ve hiked in many locations and parks throughout the continental US. If you are heading out on adventure and need some advice or if you need some inspiration on places to go adventure, let me know. I am also really big into DIY projects and making my own backpacking gear. If you are thinking about starting a project or want to know how to start, let’s talk.

JASMIN MENEZ

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Trail running, camping, hiking, and sport climbing.

Outdoor Expertise – 15 years climbing, 3 years running (with enjoyment), and 10 years working in the outdoor industry. Though, by no means, would I ever consider myself an expert in any outdoor activity, I like to think of myself as a good pinch hitter who can give recommendations on gear, places to go, and what to see without leading you astray!

My Story – I started working in the outdoor industry at the tender age of 14 as the Birthday Party Belay Bitch at a climbing gym in my hometown outside of Kansas City, Missouri. From there I became a climbing instructor, head route setter, and Director of Marketing Operations for the same gym. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design, I worked as Junior Designer for an outdoor lifestyle apparel brand before moving west to Colorado to get out of the gyms and studios and more into the mountains and on the trails.

When I’m not hanging out at the shop or chasing creative endeavors, I run the trails around my home in Golden. I make a point to skip town at least once a month to go camp, hike, run, or do whatever it takes to get a little wild. These getaways have taken me to many corners of the country of which my favorites include the Fisher Towers in Utah, the Oregon coast, and the expanses of northwestern Wyoming.

Must-dos – Run through a field of cows at Wild Iris (Lander, WY). Climb some sweet sport lines while you’re there. Hike the sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Camp at the Alien Watchtower about half an hour north of the park. Kayak through a bioluminescent bay wherever you can find one. Go on a spontaneous road trip with your friends through the American southwest.

Advice – “Fear is only a verb if you let it be.” – Andrea Gibson

WHITNEY SCHUETTPELZ

Favorite Outdoor Activities – I am an avid backpacker in the summer and a devoted skier in the winter, but I’m eager to partake in anything outside as long as there is a chance it will turn into an adventure.  I’m typically the planner on trips, obsessing over maps, packing and repacking, writing lists and checking them twice.  I love the process and preparation.

My Story – I moved to Colorado in 2012 to spend as much time as possible in Denver’s wild backyard.  After five solid years as a weekend warrior, I decided to swap hours with my butt in an office chair at an architectural office for an opportunity to work on creative projects at FERAL. I love being surrounded by people who are passionate about the outdoors.  When I’m not wandering off into the woods or crawling up a mountain, I love cooking, and especially eating, vegan food (anyone who knows me, knows I am positively obsessed with beets), taking photos, walking my pup Sloane, or tasting new brews around Denver.

Must do in Colorado – Hut (or yurt) trips.  Snow, food, friends, wine, a wood burning stove… and lots and lots of stars. What could possibly be better?

Advice – “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

EMILY OLSEN

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Trail running, hiking, skiing, sleeping under the stars, cooking over a campfire, taste testing mountain town cinnamon rolls, and spending as much time outside as I can. 

Outdoor Expertise – 17+ years of running on roads, around tracks and along trails, a childhood of being dragged up mountains, through the woods and to the ski hill by my parents until I finally learned that they were onto something (20+ years of hiking, camping, backpacking and skiing experience) and my own “Prius-life” adventures all over Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

My Story – After 8 years in New York City I *finally* realized that life was better lived outdoors than in a cubicle. Today when I’m not organizing fun events for FERAL’s awesome community or rescuing food with Denver Food Rescue I can usually be found heading for the mountains in my little blue Prius with my dog/partner-in-adventure, Cabot. I wear my “Weekend Warrior” badge proudly and don’t understand the meaning of the word “balance”. My favorite adventures usually begin with a cinnamon roll, involve lots of Type II fun, and end with a hearty plate of nachos. I like to run far and then run further, sleep in the desert dirt, and enjoy summit sunrises. I can’t promise that you’ll always think my adventures sound like fun but I can promise that I’ll always be happy to help you plan your next one. 

Must do in Colorado – Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, get a backcountry permit from the visitors center and walk out past the highest dunes. If you can, go during a full moon and camp out!

RACHEL LAM

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Mountaineering, summits, backpacking, skiing, all things alpine.

Outdoor Expertise – 25+ years skiing and hiking. 5 years of mountaineering and climbing. Lifetime of Colorado adventure and red rocks concerts.

My Story – Denver born and raised, taught to appreciate our natural wonders and “forced” into backpacking, hiking and skiing.  Discovered that cubicle life was not for me, and was subsequently laid off (best day of my life!!). I sold everything and went to New Zealand to guide on the glacier and in kayaks, and make a mean flat white. Made my way to the European Alps to further my mountaineering experience, but I couldn’t stay away from colorful Colorado for too long, and I’m back now to share my knowledge and continue exploring the endless amount of wild places in this amazing state.

JOSIAH CILLADI

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Backpacking, Long Distance Hiking, Canyoneering, Trail Running, Snowshoeing, Cowboy Camping

Outdoor Expertise – 11 years of long distance hiking, canyoneering, mountain climbing and outdoor exploration

My Story – For me it all started on October 23, 2009 In Pennsylvania! After scrounging up some old gear from family and friends for what would be my first backpacking trip, I set out for 3 nights. The first morning I woke up in my trusty tent, sleeping bag drenched from the nights rain. By mid morning my backpack was falling apart as I skipped from rock to rock and by the afternoon my boots were disintegrating under my feet! Needless to say I needed better gear, but I was having the time of my life and it was clear i needed more adventure in my life!  After 2 years of weekend trip and gear research I decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail which would set off a 5 year adventure spree

In 2013 I set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail which marked a lot of firsts for me. First time hiking in the heat of the desert, first alpine experiences and first time having to plan routes around fires and early season snow falls. After the PCT I know I needed to live closer to the mountains so I moved to Durango Colorado in search for more adventures! 2014 was full of exploring the San Juan Mountains, canyoneering in Utah’s canyon country and visiting National Parks and monuments throughout New Mexico! In early 2015 I decided it was time to move to the front range and work on my neglected career… this lasted exactly 4 months before I decided to drop everything again and thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail

Since moving back to the front range after the CDT I’ve continued to explore Colorado’s mountain ranges, 14ers and hot springs! I’ve also continued to expand my knowledge of the gear I use in the backcountry. Learning more about how its designed and built to better understand what makes great gear!

KASEY FOX

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Hiking, Skiing, Backpacking, Scuba Diving, Sailing 

Outdoor Expertise – With a lifetime of experience in the mountains and 8+ years spent by the water, you can find me trying just about any outdoor activity. Whether you are planning your next backpacking trip, or destination adventure I am always ready to spill my favorite spots!  

My Story – Growing up in Colorado, I could usually be found chasing my dad and brother up a mountain or down a ski hill. Hiking 14ers, cross-country road trips, and freezing my little toes while skiing were typical activities during my upbringing. Being raised in a landlocked state often left me curious about the ocean. During my summers in college, I took to the British Virgin Islands for something warm, blue and totally different than home. Ever since my first dive, I’ve spent every summer exploring the BVI, teaching scuba diving, sailing, and conducting research on endangered sea turtle species.

While I’m not soaking up the sun in the BVI, I spend my time back home in Colorado. I consider myself a weekend warrior extraordinaire – spending as much free time as I can outside with my dog, Zephyr. Whether its the deserts of Utah or the summits of the Rockies, I like to breathe in every ounce of our world in it’s most rugged and raw form!

STEVEN LICO

Favorite Outdoor Activities – Climbing, Hiking and Snowboarding.

Outdoor Expertise – 4+ years climbing, 15+ years hiking and 10+ years snowboarding.

My Story – I grew up as an indoor kid, it wasn’t until friends and family inspired (or pulled) me to get off my basement couch and into nature. What started as short nature walks turned into something I could have never imagined. For this reason, helping people get outside and develop a connection with nature is a passion of mine. The best way to put it, I want to feed your stoke. I left the confines of my 9-5 corporate consulting job to pursue a career in the outdoor industry and live in my truck to have greater convenience to the outdoors. I make myself available to any fun activities that present themselves; how do you know you don’t love something if you don’t give it a try right? I geek out over gear, and I’ll talk your ear off about it if you’ll let me!

When I’m not at the shop, you can find me at the crag or training at my favorite gym, Mountain Strong. I am also human to an adventure dog named Archer, he is my shadow and partner in crime. Rock climbing is my true passion but I love exploring our state’s high peaks with Archer and adventuring on off-road trails to find solitude among the mountains.

WHO WE ARE
FERAL is a locally-owned, independent outdoor gear shop. We offer new and used gear sales, gear rentals, and have a staff ready to help you plan any adventure. Learn more about our Denver Store.

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WHAT WE DO
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