011: Maura Kistler- Paddling and Climbing with Water Stone Outdoors

July 04, 2017

This episode is my conversation with Maura Kistler. Maura is the buyer and one of the owners at Water Stone Outdoors in West Virginia.
In this conversation we talk about
how she got into the outdoor biz, her love of paddling and all the cool things going on at Water Stone Outdoors. There is a 2-3 second dead spot where we lost connection for a bit but you don't miss anything.

Show Notes


Maura grew up in the midwest and was an English Teacher for many years. Never went back to teaching after she had kids and joined the family business, Water Stone Outdoor

first exposure to the outdoors

Maura was 7-8 years old she was running down a trail in Backbone State Park  and realized “this is my feel good right here: and was hooked on the outdoors.

Her first outdoor job was as a Whitewater Guide

Things we talked about

Water Stone bought the 2 Blue Ridge Outdoor Stores and has been operant 362 days a year for over 23 years. The Blue Ridge locations were changed to Water Stone in about 1996

Water Stone is a traditional outdoor store with a strong emphasis on climbing.

New River Mountain Guides and a small local resoling business operate out of Water Stone.

The boating business

On line retail as a small retailer

Events such as the Patagonia Worn Wear tour, their own Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival and the New River Alliance Rendezvous

What Maura loves best about the outdoor industry is the sharing of the outdoor and how they have the opportunity turn a newbie into an outdoor enthusiast

Sally Jewell

John Jarvis

Routines, tips

Maura routines are strong coffee in the morning and making time to get outside. To “ Get the Get Right going”

Best outdoor gadget under $100

Goal Zero Adventure 30

Favorite Books

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson

Connect with Maura and Water Stone Outdoors

Facebook- Water Stone Outdoors

Instagram- Water Stone Outdoors


Water Stone Outdoors

New River Mountain Guides

Patagonia Worn Wear

Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival

New River Alliance Rendezvous

Goal Zero Adventure 30


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