written by: kendall

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.” -Emerson

I was born in Springville, Utah where I spent my childhood. When I was 12 my family moved to a suburb of Portland, Oregon named Tualatin where I “grew up”. Frequent trips to Mount Hood to ski, a crew of great friends and reggae concerts at the Pine Street Theater in Portland made for solid high school year memories.

After traveling solo in Europe for a summer followed by a 2 year mission for my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I moved back to Utah for school at Brigham Young University where I could go to school spring, summer and fall and then quit school for the winters in order to ski.

Fortunately for me I met a girl who thought that was perfectly normal. We were quickly married and have been enjoying life together for 13 years and counting.

After graduating from BYU we moved back to Park City where I worked for The Canyons ski resort for 6 years as the Utah Sales Manager before jumping ship to Backcountry.com where I managed grassroots and community marketing for nearly 3 years.  I worked for a stint with Base Camp Communications as Director of Social Media.

I’m starte my own company called Convotion and had the pleasure of working with companies like:

…helping them to resonate with their customers through various social media, grassroots, customer conversation and blogging avenues. I completely enjoyed the challenges and the learning I experience.

With my longtime friend Mark Strickland, we started Camofire.com in late 2008 and I am now working full time in my business, feeling blessed for the success we’ve seen and confident and optimistic for our future.

My outdoor passion is backcountry skiing, followed by climbing, road cycling, trail running and ski mountaineering. I’ve recently taken up archery hunting, an extension of my many years as a youth and teen hunting and fishing with my family.

I enjoy learning more about the web and how it connects people and communities.

My family is tops and I’m lucky to have them as a central part of my life. Our four children are named after mountains – McKinley, Koven, Stuart and Annapurna – seems appropriate for a life climbing, skiing, hiking and living among mountains.

I hope you enjoy my blog of musings about the various aspects of my life, my business as a marketer and my observations of the world around me. Feel free to join the conversation by commenting on any of the posts.

Mount Superior Dawn Patrol self portrait