013-Todd Walton- Tells us how he’s come from Outdoor Retail to the Ski Industries of America

July 13, 2017

Show Notes


started out on the retail floor at Alabama Outdoors, Birmingham, AL

took a NOLS Course in the Wind Rivers in 1984

High Country Outfitters, Birmingham, AL

worked with Outdoor Research, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The Walton Works



first exposure to the outdoors

spent a lot time as a kid camping, hiking and traveling in their motorhome

Things we talked about

working under the tutelage of Ron Gregg at Outdoor Research

Dan Nordstrom

Gary Neptune

Mike Glavin

Gareth Martins




Black Diamond


Podcast, Routines, tips

there are numerous opportunities to get into the outdoor biz. Get your start in retail or find a non-profit and get involved, try a lot of different things

Student Conservation Association

Freakonomics Radio

This American Life

Sound Opinions

Here's the Thing– Alec Baldwin

Desert Island Discs, BBC 4

The Guest DJ Project

Favorite Books

anything by Ed Abbey

Favorite Music

Todd gives music more as gifts than books

St Paul and the Broken Bones

Give this a listen and tell me you aren't moved – talk about a flow state tune:


Guitarist, Browan Lollar, great guy, also an amazing artist.


And Duquette Johnston. AMAZING guy, super talented. He and his wife also run a fantastic retail shop – here's his music and his shop – he is the Rebel King. 



Todds Spotify, he is: twalt

Here's a playlist for you:


Talking about the outdoor community and music, take a peek at this – Fletcher Andrews (Cascade Designs) on drums, Darren Bush (Rutabaga Paddlesports) on trombone, Gareth Martins (OIA) on sax, Berne Broudy (writer for Outside and others) singing, Frank Whiting (The Whiting Group) on guitar and singing, Kenji Hartunian (Kenji Consults) on bass, Adam Williamson (Crocs rep, former Keen rep) on keys and me on the guitar as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAwu17bIgiU

Best Outdoor Gear Purchase under $100

Wrangler Shirt

Also, according to Martin Volken (and myself) here's an example of the most technical hat you can buy – or have for free if you are in the industry. Cost – free at the L & F store (lost & found) or if you want to buy one, about 20 bucks. 

Trucker hat with a foam front. I'd add that if you can find one with a small elastic element to the normal closure, even better (I added that design to some OR hats…I think they still make a couple of things that I came up with…). Here's why – elastic because as you run, skin uphill, get moving backpacking, etc, your head expands just a touch – enough that if you are wearing an even slightly snug hat you'll get a headache. Foam front – wind proof, insulating. Mesh back – breathable. 

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