Friends of Kahtoola
Jared Scott is a sponsored athlete and wear tester for Kahtoola. He lived in northern Arizona for six years from 2006 to 2012, where Kahtoola introduced him to the sports of snowshoeing and snow traction races in 2010. He competed in three U.S. National Snowshoe Championships finishing 6th place in both 2010 and 2011 and was the U.S. National Runner-Up in 2012. Earlier this year he raced in the Snowshoe World Championships in Italy where he finished 16th overall. In addition to being a nationally ranked snowshoe racer, he is also a successful mountain runner having represented the U.S. in the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Albania and the 2012 NACAC Championships in Canada. Having been a competitive runner for over 17 years, he brings to Kahtoola a wealth of knowledge and ideas for products targeted at competitive athletes looking for comfortable, lightweight, and durable snow traction gear. He currently lives at the foot of the San Juan Mountains in Dolores, Colorado where he enjoys snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, mountain biking, running, tending to his garden, growing fruit, and raising chickens.
James ‘Q’ Martin
Flagstaff based photographer and filmmaker; James ‘Q’ Martin was born in the Arizona desert and raised in the remote reaches of Alaska. With textural sensitivity and near instinctual understanding of natural light, Q’s work conveys the delicate relationship between athlete and place; inspiring simultaneous respect for the athlete and a reverence for nature.
Having a desire to give back to the environment, he co-founded the Rios Libres Project (RL), which seeks to help keep Chilean Patagonia wild. As part of RL, he has co-directed the award winning film ‘Power in the Pristine’ in hopes to bring global awareness to RL and its causes. He also stared and directed the projects newest film, ‘Streams of Consequence’, a solution-based film that addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered in Rios Libres’s first film.
Q has had a long relationship with Kahtoola and has used their awesome products while documenting expeditions worldwide. Kahtoola was, in fact, Rios Libres’ very first sponsor and their support has continued over the years. Always the intrepid traveler seeking the next adventure, he spends more days on the road than at home. If he is not busy with RL or shooting outdoor adventures, you will find him challenging himself on a rock face or his yoga mat.
Matt Johnson has been a year-round fishing guide for over 10 years and spends a lot of time on the ice. He prides himself on educating others—which is his main emphasis for every day on the water or ice. Part of that process comes down to proper gear choice, so Matt ensures his clients that they are using the best options available in today’s industry. Matt also challenges himself to be on the cutting edge of fishing by welcoming new and creative products into the market—and this is exactly what happened when Matt started using the Kahtoola MICROspikes back in 2008 to help propel the now ever-popular ice cleats into the ice fishing realm. When most people were using cheap, throw-away ice cleats, Matt was putting hours on the MICROspikes—through both him and his clients—to ensure everyone was safe on the ice and had the ultimate in foot traction. When not out on the ice actually fishing, Matt is the Ice Team Manager where he has been fortunate enough to work with the biggest names in ice fishing. Much like Matt, the Ice Team directs all of their focus towards helping others catch more fish and making sure other anglers are excited about the sport. Matt, and the Ice Team, have more than welcomed Kahtoola into their elite group of ice fishing products used by the Ice Team Pros to help make their time easier, and safer, out on the ice!
Chad Markle has been using Kahtoola’s products since 2003 when he purchased the original KTS crampons to train for the San Juan Islands edition of Primal Quest. He subsequently competed in the 2006 and 2008 editions of Primal Quest in Moab, UT and Big Sky, MT, respectively. Over the last 10 years, he has competed in more than 30 adventure races across the country. Prior to becoming involved in adventure racing, Chad was a collegiate rower at Georgia Tech with over 50 medals in his 4 years of competition. Currently, he lives in the Salt Lake City, UT area and participates in outdoor activities in a more recreational manner; typically mountain biking and trail running in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Sara Wagner has been a passionate advocate for all things Kahtoola since her introduction to the company seven years ago. A competitive distance runner, Sara had won a pair of FLIGHTboots in the fall 2006 edition of the Soulstice Mountain Trail Run, a signature Flagstaff race. When she came in to exchange them for the correct size, we not only talked her into buying the first pair of FLIGHTdecks available to the general public, but to join our team as an associate. Between career jobs, Sara stayed on with us for a year. We tested her mettle many times, seeing if she could make it to the top of Agassiz, a ski run on our local mountain, in our products. She also proved she could survive her first snowshoe race, at the high-elevation Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, in addition to her first snow race up a mountain at America’s Uphill (both in Colorado). Many snowshoe, MICROspike, and running adventures later, Sara still enjoys challenging herself and promoting our efforts amidst the trail running community.