Social Reach: 50,000+ Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Gear Requests: Nothing specific yet requested for 2017. Rebecca already owns a good amount of our product, but would be a great candidate for some of our newer items like the UL Hammock and X-Seal & Go.
- USA AMBASSADORS -
Lisa Morris & Jason Spafford - Two Wheeled Nomad - ADV Moto
Background: Traveling moto-bike couple - we've already worked with them on several occasions throughout the 2016 year. Well versed in STS gear already, they produce exceptional photo/video content and are very easy to work with. For the majority of 2017 the duo plans to travel around the US, Canada, and Alaska. Towards the end of the year they plan to visit the UK and in 2018 will check out either Africa or Asia and potentially Iceland.
Social Reach: Total 20,000+ Facebook - Instagram - Website
Gear Requests: Nothing specified as of yet, they have a decent selection of our gear already. In the past we have given gear in exchange for low res photos for social media use (which they are still open to providing). However, moving forward, they are mainly interested in a "cash for high-res photos" arrangement.
Paul Clark - SUP Paul - SUP
Background: Paul is based in Oregon, USA and we've worked with him in the past. He teaches several SUP related clinics to the public and is sponsored by Hala, Kialoa, Native, and Astral. Paul is headed to Chile on Dec. 9th to host a series of SUP supported trips and river clinics - he will be there until February. Afterwards he has a trip planned to the Grand Canyon, a few trips along the western USA coast and a European river tour late summer.
Social Reach: Total 4,000+ Website, Facebook, Instagram
Gear Requests: We have already sponsored him with a Traveling Light package for his upcoming trip to Chile. We should expect to set him up with a hammock and a few other new items in time for his trip to the Grand Canyon - or as soon as they become available. It is unclear if Paul is going to request cash for high-res photos. When we send him an official ambassador contract, we will offer him some cash to help cover travel expenses (and hopefully buy us a steady stream of High-res imagery through the year).
Terry Bomkamp - Back Country Chief
Background: Based out of Rockford, IL Terry has an impressive background in back-country cooking. As a former chief, he teaches several camp cook clinics at a variety of retailers and events including REI, Boyscouts of America, Canoecopia, and several others. Terry has several trips & events scheduled for 2017 including the following: Backpacking class, Cub Scout event, AT Backpacking Trip from May 4th-13th, Youth Group Camping Trip, "Men that Cook" (Outdoor cooking themed class), Ely Canoe Fest, and a month long trip to Alaska in August.
Social Reach: Negligible - What Terry lacks in social media presence, he makes up in cooking demos, retail partnerships, and clinics.
Gear Requests: We recently sent him a package with a few X-seal & Go items to compliment his existing STS cookware set. He does not require anything additional for the foreseeable future.
Sam Mauldin - SA Adventure Sports - SUP
Background: All around adventurer based in San Antonio, Texas. Emphasis in SUP, Kayak, and rock climbing. Great content and communication skills so far. Was featured on SUP magazine and local TX news-station. Owner and founder of SA Adventure Sports. In April of 2017 Sam and 9 others will SUP the Rio Grande de Matagalpa, in Nicaragua on a 7 day self-supported expedition ending in the Caribbean Sea. Proposal Doc- Click here.
Social Reach: Total 5,000+ Facebook - Instagram - YouTube Channel
Gear Request: He would like STS to become the hammock sponsor and provide the following gear: (x10) Hammocks/straps/bug nets/tarps, and (X10) Hydraulic Dry bags 65L Optional: Shelters (with bug nets), sleeping pads/pillows, x-bowls and Delta long spoons. (see proposal doc for what we would get in return). We will likely need to request he return 6-7 hammock/dry bag packages to minimize our cost to make this worthwhile.
Lars Reber - Tenkara Rods Co - Fly Fishing
Background: Based in Driggs, Idaho Lars is a sales manager for Tenkara Rod Co and is in charge of partnerships and photography while out traveling for the brand. Lars (along with a few other staff members) are focused on multi-sports trips which include backpacking, hiking, river sports, bike-packing, and trail running. They have several short over-nighter trips along with a few longer expeditions planned. They are starting 2017 off with a big trip to New Zealand on Jan 14-26th. Along the way they will travel via camper-van and focus on raftpacking into remote rivers to go fly-fishing. Other sponsors along for the NZ trip are Kokopelli rafts, Mountain Hardwear, Goal Zero, HydroFlask, Arcade Belts, and Revelate Designs
Social Reach: 50,000+ Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Gear Requests: Needs - Ember II bags (x2), Spark III bag (x1), X-Set 32 (x1), X-series Set (x1), Alpha Set cutlery (x2), Ultra Light mats (x2). Wants - UL Hammocks (x2), UL Aeros Pillows (x2), Hydraulic Dry Pack 65L (x1), Ultra-Sil Compression Sacks (x3).
Larry Jarriel & Paisley- WhereverWild - Traveling Couple
Background: Larry and his girlfriend, Paisley, recently summited Denali and are restoring a '67 Avion and moving to Montana, USA for the winter. They are avid users of Sea to Summit products and are primarily interested in hiking, fishing, camping, snowboarding and rock-climbing. Current partners with: Rareform, Vibram, Nalgene, Kates, JetBoil, DELOROME. They have plans to climb Kilimanjaro, the Tetons, Whitney, and hike the John Muir trail. Several other mini adventures are tentatively planned along the west coast if time allows.
Social Reach: 25,000+ Instagram, Blog
Gear Requests: Nothing specified yet - we did give him Pro-deal access earlier on in the year to vet him for ambassadorship, we received a few good photos in return.
Becca & Alex Foss - Roam Wild & Free - Traveling Couple
Background: This traveling couple from Jackson Wyoming are planning to travel 8 months out of the year (from March-November) in their 38 year old Toyota Chinook. Becca will be co-guiding backpacking trips this summer with explorerchick.com. Explorer Chick runs trips specifically for females ranging from backpacking workshops, surf trips to the Dominican Republic to a whole range of wild west adventures that she'll be a part of this summer. They have a Nikon D3300 DSLR camera with video capabilities. They will be travelling from March through November and plan to thru hike the Colorado Trail, and rock-climb 5oo+ routes across the Western US and Canada.
Social Reach: 6,500+ Blog, Instagram, Facebook
Gear Requests: A simple "gear for high res photos" arrangement is all they are looking for at the moment. Nothing yet requested, but likely hammocks, mats, and possibly cookware to start.
Daniel Pasley- Yonder Journal - Bikepacking
Background: They are well known for producing mini documentaries on outdoorsy activities. Currently they are focusing on a 2-year long bike-packing project called "Dead Reckoning". We already sponsored them on a trial basis with about $500 worth of gear for their trip to Eastern Oregon & Idaho. They have big name sponsors such as Mission Workshop, Oakley, Cliff Bar, and Poler. For trips, they plan on at least one, possibly two, major expeditions lasting two-three months each. One trip that is guaranteed is based on the Lewis & Clark route and the Corp of Discovery, which Daniel thinks we would be an excellent fit for.
Social Reach: 58,000+ Instagram, website
Gear Requests: Nothing yet requested, likely will want a combination of cash + gear. We will soon be receiving a media kit that includes sponsored trip pricing.