Hydro Flask VP of Sales Mike Wallenfels tells us about his first jobs in the outdoor biz, how Mountain Hardwear got started and some of the other interesting startup projects he is involved with.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
I tried Boy Scouts it didn't really work I got the Cub Scouts and they didn't do enough stuff as quick as I wanted it to happen so my dad did a great job exposing my brother and I to backpacking early on so backpacking the Adirondacks.
Hs first Outdoor job was at Stanley Andrews Sports in San Diego
Things we talked about
Get in the door and work your way up
Dont burn bridges
Other Outdoor Activities
Road and Mtn Bike, Backpacking, Skiing, Rafting, Paddleboarding, Fly Fishing
Men to match my Mountains by Irving Stone
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Best Gear Purchase under $100
Apps, Tools, Podcasts
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