The Staff of the Ashland Outdoor Store

The Ashland Outdoor Store staff is made up of friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate people with a broad range of backgrounds. Not only do we know about the products we sell, we are active users who spend our free time enjoying what nature has to offer!


Bryant Helgeland

Hardgoods Buyer

Bryant came to the Ashland Outdoor Store in 2001 with experience in outdoor specialty retail and as an outdoor professional. He guided backpacking, rock climbing, and whitewater trips prior to attaining a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin. Bryant also attended a semester course in Patagonia, Chile with the National Outdoor Leadership School(NOLS). Since then, he has concentrated his efforts in making sure AOS customers have the best selections of technical gadgetry possible as Hardgoods Buyer since 2002. His passions include: Telemark and Cross Country Skiing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Rafting, Mountain and Road Biking, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Fly Fishing, Photography, Samoyed dogs, good beer, great Tequila, and phenomenal live music!


Cathy Tronquet

Shipping & Receiving

Cathy is a native Oregonian and has worked in the Ashland Outdoor Store since 1999! She has been an avid fly fisher for the past 30 years and a member of the Ashland Rowing Club for 11 years. Currently, Cathy works part time so she can enjoy her hobbies and travel!


David Chambers

Assistant Hardgoods Buyer

David was born in Ashland, OR. He studied at Portland State and Southern Oregon University, and spent several seasons as a ski bum in the Pacific Northwest. His travels have taken him through Melanesia, Polynesia, Central America, Europe, and the U.S.A. - In 2009 he returned to Ashland to involve himself with the Outdoor Leadership program at Southern Oregon University. His favorite outdoor activities are vertical sports: climbing & ski mountaineering. He is currently finishing a Technical Writing degree, yet strives to be outside in his free time. He works as a documentary photographer for the West Turn.


Frank Debaugh

Floor Sales

/ Coffee Maker

Frank is a bit of a wild card. He grew up near Monrovia, but moved to the east coast of the U.S. when he was seven. His passion for vertical sports has led him to pursue AMGA courses for rock climbing instruction, and it's led him both underground and underwater in countless caves and water columns. He splits his time between AOS and a local Scuba shop, and is constantly busy with trips and school. Frank once worked in a traveling circus. Come in on a Sunday and ask him about it!


Jeff Henderson


Having lived in 8 different states, Jeff is a bit of a nomad. He has a degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College, guided for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. for 3 years, and was on the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol for 2 years. He is an avid rock climber, mountaineer, and skier. Jeff enjoys long, '' alpine rock climbs and never-ending, technical ski descents.


Johanna hobart-crane

Clothing Buyer

Johanna was born in Massachusetts, and moved to southern Oregon in 1993. She received a General Studies/Biology degree from Western Washington University, and then spent a substantial amount of time adventuring and traveling between Chile and the U.S.A. She's been a dedicated employee off and on at AOS for the last 5+ years! Her favorite outdoor activities are backpacking & backcountry skiing with her co-workers and family. Her favorite cuisine is Mexican, and her favorite color is "Coral".


Mike Reinert

Footwear Buyer

Mike lived just outside of Chicago until he was 8 years old. After a move to Clovis, California, he started spending much of his time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the Boy Scouts of America's Camp Chawanakee and exploring Yosemite National Park with friends and family. He achieved his Eagle Scout rank after high school and moved to Ashland Oregon, where he attended Southern Oregon University studying math and physics. Mike got his first job in the "real" world working at an outfitter in Medford, Oregon. Since that fateful day, he has been "outfitting" outdoor experts and enthusiasts for every kind of adventure. Mike has gained so much knowledge about outdoor equipment and pursuits that he has been nicknamed "Mikapedia" and even has his own Mikapedia facebook page. His favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking.


Steve rowe


Steve was born. Steve is. The Steve Abides.

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