Meet Our Outdoor Go-to

By Courtney  |  Tuesday, June 13, 2017  |  , , ,  |  1 comment

Have you ever met someone and thought, "This person is my spirit animal"? We here at Tec Labs have our very own spirit animal, and he is our co-worker Gabriel Starr. He is our go-to guy on all things outdoors because we are fairly confident he has tried it all. We are usually left in awe when we hear about his latest weekend adventure or upcoming excursion. We decided that we needed to ask him some questions. So, please enjoy our very first Tec Labs interview!


Q: We know you LOVE to be outdoors, but what activities are your favorite?Tec Labs adventurer, Gabe

A:  Each season has its own special activity. In the winter it's snowboarding, spring is mountaineering, and the summer is backpacking, rock climbing, and floating rivers. Year round I love hiking and trail running with my Black lab mix Benaiah. Being outside with B is really my happy place no matter what we are doing.  But if I had to choose one activity it'd be Mountaineering. Depending on the mountain, and the time of year, getting to the summit can incorporate a little bit of everything; Backpacking, Skiing/snowboarding on the approach and/or the descent, and alpine rock climbing if it has a pinnacle summit. It also requires a lot of planning, physical and mental stamina, and maybe technical skill, again depending on the mountain. Along with the view from the summit, meeting and overcoming those challenges is the most rewarding feeling.


Q: Has there ever been an activity you have tried, but wouldn't do it again?

A: Extreme downhill mountain biking. I really enjoy mountain biking on moderate trails, but as soon as you throw in log ramps, big drops, and steep banked turns, you can count me out.


Q: What is one (or some) of your ultimate outdoor goals or bucket list adventures?

Tec Labs outdoor adventurer, Gabe with father mountaineeringA: Climb Denali in Alaska. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310'. I am not the type to want to climb Everest or anything like that. Anyone with $200K can hire Sherpa's to escort them up Everest. There are many smaller more technical peaks that I would find more enjoyable. But standing on top of my home continent would be special for me.

I would also love to go climbing and trekking in South America. Peru, Chile, and Patagonia are all on the list.


Q: Where are some of your go-to locations to get your outdoor fix?Tec labs outdoor adventurer, Gabe and dog at Silver Falls

A: I grew up backpacking the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness with my dad, so going back and re-visiting some of those places is always special. Mt. Hood is the closest, and most accessible mountain with a lot to offer, so I go play on it every chance I get. In between trips to "get my outdoor fix" I really cherish Silver Falls State Park. It's only 15-20 minutes from my house, and with over 50 miles of backcountry trails, it's perfect for evening trail runs with B!


Q: What has been your most memorable adventure thus far?

A: I have many great memorable trips so here is a couple: In 2015 I climbed all three sisters, and broken top in 5 days which was very cool to see all three sisters from so many different angles. Another very memorable trip was taking my dad up Mt. Shasta last year. He is the one who instilled a love of the outdoors in me. Helping him to the summit of a 14,000ft peak is a memory I won't be letting go of.


Q: Besides Tecnu :), what is a must-have in your pack?

A: Duct Tape! It is perfect for unexpected gear repairs and first aid. I take a few feet of it on every adventure. 

Tec Labs outdoor adventurer, Gabe's dog

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1 comment for “Meet Our Outdoor Go-to”

  1. Posted 6/15/2017 at 7:19:48 AM
    Gravatar of DeEtte Starr

    Very glad to read this interview with Gabriel Starr!

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