This episode is with Jim Thomsen. Jim and his brother Greg are two of the pioneers of the outdoor industry. We talk about how he and Greg wound up owning The Mountain Shop, one of the first outdoor retail stores in So CA, how Wilderness Experience began and Jim’s experience with JanSport.
Jim grew up in southern California and his Dad was a banker. He would pack up the family for summer holidays and go camping, hiking and backpacking in Mammoth Lakes. When Jim was 12 and his brother Greg 10 ventured off and climbing Crystal Crag!
first outdoor job
Jim’s first job in the Outdoor Biz was with Kelty Pack in 1967
Things we talked about
the UCLA Mountaineering Club
how Wilderness Experience . . . and ended.
Eiger Mtn Sports, Liberty, YKK, Talon, Millet Packs
Don Lauria (“great, all the world needs is another pack company”) and Westridge Mountaineering
Jim reads a book a week
If you’re young there are still opportunities for innovation in the outdoor biz. Create something innovative and start a company!
As Jim reads a book a week he didn’t mention any favorite but two recent books he liked are:
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
Best Gear Purchase under $100
Goal Zero Solar charger for his camera batteries