Our Team

Mac

 

MAC (MANAGER)

Mac has been a regular at The Pines since before he finished school. Mac was among the first ever ACIA-qualified multipitch guides and worked at The Mill climbing gym in its heyday. A qualified geologist, Mac has spent most of his life around rocks in one form or another. His other passions are paddling, bouldering and birdwatching.

Andy

ANDY

Andy comes to The Wilderness Shop with years of ski experience. Skiing, and ski gear, is his real passion and forte. During the winter months, you’ll find him up in the snow weekends - at Hotham, Buller, Stirling... or even on Lake Mountain’s black runs. Before he came to The Wilderness Shop, Andy managed another outdoor retail store and as such, has fantastic product knowledge. He’s a jolly fellow - say hi when you see him in store!

Glenn

GLENN

Glenn was part of the New Wave of climbers who, back in the early 80’s, swapped comfortable spring mattresses (or friend’s couches), for a life ‘living in the dirt’ at Arapiles. Dangling from ropes for hours on end, Glenn’s photographs defined the birth of modern climbing in Australia. Apart from his skill behind the camera, and encyclopaedic knowlege of climbing equipment, Glenn is one the the wittiest people you are ever likely to meet.

Bernadette

BERNADETTE

Bernadette grew up in Gippsland. As a child, Wilsons Prom was (and still is) a favourite place to visit. Her favourite walk there is along the beaches through beautiful woodlands, ferny gullies and other array of fauna and flora to the lighthouse. However, the mountains usually win over coastal walks. Inspired by Arlene Blum’s first female Annupurna ascent, Bernadette spent 28 days trekking over Throng La pass at 5486m around the Annupurna circuit. Bernadette is also a self-confessed foodie, so, of course, what's on the menu is the most important part of planning a trip.

Tamika

TAMIKA

For as long as she can remember, Tamika has always had a passion for nature and the outdoors. Having recently completed Year 12, she is excited thinking of the trips she’ll go on in the coming years. Since she was nine years old, Tamika has been involved in Scouting, which allowed her to foster a love for camping and hiking. Her favourite place to explore is Mt Bogong and the surrounding high plains. Since hiking there for the first time when she was 15, the area has been close to her heart, and she enjoys returning there with family and friends.

Staff Member - Rob

ROB

Starting young with weekend excursions, Rob has built most of his life around expeditions and plans to keep it that way. From multi-day hikes to hastily planned climbing expeditions and bike packing, the goal is always to one-up the last trip. Studying science at Uni, he has a special interest in botany and especially enjoys orchid hunting. While he’s yet to decide on a favourite outdoor discipline, he’s obsessive about all his gear and loves to see new and unusual pieces of kit coming through the store.

Staff-member-Sam

SAM

Having studied outdoor leadership and guiding, Sam in no stranger to the outdoor life. Working from the shorelines to the high plains of Victoria, helping to bring a love and respect of the outdoors to a new generation has been a highlight of his work. He also has a love of gear in all its intricacies and will pour over specifications, applications, designs and reviews. He is always eager to share his knowledge!