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“We’re just a bunch of goons who know how to write reviews.” -Will Hinkson
Trek Tech began out as a weekly gear review column for Northern California’s Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, and has since grown into an expanding web presence that aims to inform about gear and encourage you to get out and Chug Life. We’re made up of a core group of regular contributors and a team of testers from around the country. Our aim is show and tell all about the best and the brightest toys, tech, and trends in the outdoor industry; and if we have to play outside while we do it, we don’t mind taking one for the team.
If we’ve got more positive reviews than negative, it’s because we try to test gear that we’re interested in, not gear that we think we’ll hate. No one wants to haul a piece of junk out into the backcountry. We’ll discuss what we dug about the piece as well as what needs work.
If you’ve got any questions about a specific piece of gear, you want us to test something, or we’ve pissed you off, go ahead and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. – Billy Brown, Editor
Site founder Billy Brown (aka Billy-onaire, aka El Golden Diablo) has a hard time standing still. A few years ago he combined his passion for the active lifestyle with his love of toys and somehow made a job out of it as a journalist specializing in outdoor sports and adventure travel. An avid runner, climber, crossfitter and snowboarder, he has tested gear around the world, from canyon running in Jordan to ice climbing in Chamonix. He writes for Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Wired, and Backpacker, and whoever else can afford him. Check out more of his work here, or better yet, ask him yourself: email@example.com
David Skinner (we call him Skinny) – Associate Editor (water quality guru, kayaker, outdoor adventurer, tough mudder-er) is a normal guy. With a real job, a wife & two kids, adventure has to come close to home. It’s a good thing he lives in Northern California where a short drive in any direction will land him near the water, a beach, or a mountaintop. His passion for adventure comes from a growing up in the Trinity Alps, and a few trips to the other side of the world. With about 10 years of paddling behind him and mountains all around him, he’s ready to share a fun take on what makes this world a wonderful place to explore – one adventure at a time. Pardon his sense of humor, he is easily entertained. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Ewing– (backpacker/alpinist, runner, mountain biker, climber, skier, photographer)
While all the other girls were shopping in malls and getting their nails done, Wendy was racing mountain bikes and trekking the North Cascades of Washington state with her family. She is working her way towards being a high school counselor and towards helping adolescents experience our amazing creation as she has experienced it. She also has a passion for living an ethical lifestyle, both socially and environmentally. Contact her at email@example.com
Jessica Tegerstrand and the Girls Gone Into The Wild (GGitWild) –
With varying degrees of outdoor savvy these three friends are challenging themselves to adventure as much as their busy lives will allow. Jessica is our camping convert. Her sense of adventure is strong, but her experience and know-how is a work in progress. Emily is a Montana native with a healthy outdoor resume and a penchant for trouble. Finally, Denita is our sometimes reluctant, but always along for the ride, firecracker. Hardcore mountaineers? Nope! Enthusiastic and ready for the next horizon? Always! Contact them at Jess@trektechblog.com
Jess Smith – (Avid skier, traveler, adventure sports lover and wine enthusiast)
Jess is an Australian/Canadian transplant who landed in the Bay Area on a quest for her next “home away from home”. She moved from Whistler, BC in 2013 to work in PR and Communications, and to review wines for enophiles and lovers of the outdoors. Because, wine and mother nature, they go hand in hand.
Christopher Cogley – (Hiker, Hunter, Skiier, Mountain Biker, Runner)
A freelance writer with an insatiable appetite for the outdoors, Christopher Cogley has been bumming around the woods and mountains hiking, hunting, and camping for as long as he can remember. He didn’t discover his passion for adventure pursuits until later in life, but now he’s a full-fledged addict skiing, mountain biking, running, and anything else he can do to get his fix. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of opportunities in the Western Colorado playground where he lives with his wife and two boys. Next up – SUP, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Yeah, life is good.
Milo Pierwola – (professional adventurer, world tour guide, motivational speaker, surfer, outdoor sports fanatic)
Toby Asplin – (adventurer, obstacle & trail racer, mountain biker, hunter, backpacker, paddler) enjoys numerous outdoor pursuits and uses a lot of gear … making him the perfect addition to our staff of writers. When he’s not outdoors,Toby can be found spending time with his wife and teenage son or running the two small businesses that he owns. Toby spent seven years in the U.S. Army, primarily working as a combat communications specialist, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in journalism. He is also the author and publisher of The Union Creek Journal (available for Kindle and Nook), a fictional chronicle of a Midwestern family’s struggle to survive in the wake of a global economic collapse.
Note: We get to keep most of the gear that we test out. While this is a perk, we try hard to give everything an unbiased review no matter what.
If you end up buying something through a link on our site, we generally get a small commission on the referral, this won't cost you more, but helps us keep the lights on around here!
For all media review requests, reach out to our managing editor, David Skinner.