Meet Becky Roethlisberger
I was the kid who begged to be outside all the time (much to the dismay of my brother and sister who had to be out there with me). I couldn’t sit still, so in warm months my mom fed me breakfast and lunch outside, hosed me off for dinner, and usually let me run around in my pajamas before bed every day.
The need to be outside never faded and I found ways to get out of the city all the time. I was a counselor at several different Girl Scout Camps through my college years, lead biking and backpacking trips through northern Michigan and Wisconsin, and eventually ended up working at Appalachian Outfitters and Kendall Cliffs in Ohio. Twists and turns brought me to Powers Sales Group, but I had already known Sam for about 15 years before we started working together.
The outdoor industry has been my introduction to new people, places and activities. To say this is a job, or even a career, is an understatement. I am one of the lucky few who lives my passions everyday. And I get to work in one of the most beautiful places in the country. When I tell people everyday is like a vacation, I’m not exaggerating.
Favorite places to hang out:
kayaking the Apostle Islands, canoeing the Missouri River, fly fishing Northern Michigan or Western Pennsylvania and backpacking on Isle Royale. I’d tell you my favorite beach, but I don’t want to put it in print for everyone to know about!
Favorite trail meal
anything I can make in my Outback Oven, cinnamon rolls, lasagna, focaccia bread. . . I take trail food very seriously and plan my meals to complement my day, especially dinner. Dinner is time to socialize, plan, unwind and make a bad day good and a good day better.
Most of my warm weather (no ice on the water) outdoor time is spent kayaking the Bay or working with my dog, Dobzhansky. In a good winter I spend my outdoor time snowshoeing. In addition to these key activities, I enjoy biking, hiking, fly fishing, and cross country and alpine skiing.
Trips I’d like to do
My dream trip is traveling through northern China with nomadic camel herders making my way into Russia and spending time with the reindeer herders. Then I’d hop the Trans-Siberian railroad and head (eventually) back into civilization.
I’d also like to canoe the Porcupine River from Whitehorse to the mouth of the Yukon River then hike the Chilkoot Pass before heading home. You could also convince me to canoe the Wabakimi River.
Hands down my favorite piece of gear is my Kevlar Peregrine Talon. Add my Kokatat Expedition dry suit and Ronin PFD, and I can be happy for a very long time in any weather. Of course, I have plenty of SmartWool NTS 250 to wear under the dry suit! I have Chacos that span more than a decade of innovation because I was a fan long before a rep. I wear them in the water, hiking, and everyday. And this piece will date me, but I still love my Moonstone Sauvage jacket. A bit on the heavy side, but I don’t think GoreTex has ever been used for a better purpose and I look darn good in it.