Introducing… the Nikwax Faction
Heath Bailey – Los Alamos, New Mexico – Heath is a National Park Service Archaeologist, cultural & environmental steward, avid rock climber and outdoorsperson. Recently he served as a Resource Advisor and Archaeologist on the Gulf Oil Spill Incident. Heath “runs his gear through the ringer” on a regular basis, whether on backcountry survey or a 5.13 lead and as a result is exactly the kind extreme tester and enthusiastic connector we were looking for.
Ash Christensen – Salt Lake City, Utah – Ash is a tightrope walking snowboarder who has been featured in Warren Miller’s “Cold Fusion” and “Journey”. He has also been published slacklining/tightroping in National Geographic Adventure and has been published in Snowboard, The Snowboard Journal, WhiteLines, Frequency, Fluid, Couloir, and Backcounty. Check out photos and video from Ash’s adventures.
Norm Hann – Squamish, British Columbia, Canada – You’re most likely to spot Norm if you happen to be out paddling in British Columbia’s GreatBear Rainforest. Norm runs Mountain Surf Adventures, a standup paddleboarding company. He is a sponsored Canadian paddleboard athlete and is committed to preserving wild spaces like the GreatBear Rainforest via his conservation organization Standup4GreatBear. He spends a lot of time training, racing, exploring remote locations on his SUP, surfing and continuing to pioneer the sport in Canada.
Genevieve Hathaway – Seattle, Washington – Genevieve is The Nikwax Faction’s Ice Queen. This moniker has nothing to do with her bubbly, friendly personality and everything to do with the fact that the lady loves ice. Vertical ice. And lots of it. When she isn’t ice climbing, Gen spends her time mountaineering, skiing and climbing non-frozen media. Follow her adventures on her blog . Or follow her on Twitter @icebella_climbs.
Ben Pritchett – Crested Butte, Colorado – This is the guy you want on your next backcountry ski trip. Ben is former ski patroller and a current avalanche expert, instructing and coordinating avalanche education for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and the Colorado Avalanche Education Center. He spends his summers mountain biking and running his own guide service.
Jen Segger – Squamish, British Columbia, Canada – The odds of spotting Jen Segger standing still fall somewhere between slim and non. She is a motivational speaker, coach and professional endurance athlete. Additionally, this month will mark the opening of her performance training center, Challenge by Choice Performance Training, in British Columbia. Jen is currently racing for USA adventure racing team, DART-nuun-Sport-Multi and for Salomon Canada as a solo endurance competitor. She also blogs about her training and racing adventures.
Glen Young – Bellingham, Washington – It would be hard to guess which Faction member has the most stamps in their passport, but Glen would certainly be a frontrunner. In addition to guiding trips to tackle 6,000+ meter peaks around the globe, Glen also leads international trips for a local high school. When not airborne, Glen spends his time mastering Mui Thai kickboxing and working with Odyssey Wilderness Programs which offers therapeutic wilderness programs for troubled youth. Keep up with Glen via his blog.