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Yama Mountain Gear Factory Tour

Gen Shimizu, founder of Yama Mountain Gear, fabricating a cuben fiber shelter in his workshop

Calling Yama Mountain Gear’s digs in Charlottesville, Virginia a factory might be an overstatement, but not for long. Founded by gear guru and long distance hiker Gen Shimizu, Yama Mountain Gear is poised for rapid expansion into the burgeoning lightweight backpacking and fast packing market with a remarkable product pipeline full of …

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Best Outdoor Jobs: Are You a Gearhead?

Backountry.com Gearhead

“The most important thing about a Gearhead is passion”, says Nathan Ellsworth, Customer Solution Supervisor at Backcountry.com. “Not just passion about gear, but passion for the outdoors and the sports they enjoy.” That’s what Nathan looks for when he interviews people applying for Gearhead jobs at Backcountry.com. You’d think that’d be hard …

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