Meet The Open Airists


Meet the Open Airists: Carenza

Been with us since she could start working; introducing climber and mountaineer Carenza! Hi, I’m Carenza and I’ve been working at Open Air for a little over 3 years. In the shop, you’ll find me fitting shoes or talking about the details of equipment – I’ll happily talk for hours about the finer points of climbing gear. Outside the shop however, I am normally busy studying for university or out in the mountains. Most of my trips are based around bouldering, but I am also a keen mountaineer. I have... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Jo

Introducing another of our long time part-timers; Walker Jo! Hello there! I’m Jo and I’ve been working at Open Air for coming up 3 years. I started off working in the main shop as a member of Saturday staff while finishing school, but am now most often found in the basement, packing and dispatching online orders during my university holidays. I am a keen camper and walker and spent 4 years as an Explorer Scout before joining the OA team. Last summer I was able to spend 2 months teaching... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Hector

This week it’s Fellrunner and climber Hector. Hi, I’m Hector. I’ve worked at Open Air for the past 3 years. I started at the shop working weekends whilst at college, and now work on the shop floor over my university holidays. I work all round the shop, but am most at home in the boot shop, or selling more technical climbing and hiking gear in our main store.  I’d like to think I am an outdoor enthusiast, a keen trail-runner, climber and hiker. In the UK my go-to destination would... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Matt

Introducing our first ‘seasonal staff’ member, alpinist and climber Matt. Hi! I’m Matt and I’ve been part time at Open Air for 5 years now. I can work across the shop, but I spend most of my time in the footwear and climbing sections. I’ve been camping and hiking since I was young as a part of scouts. I’m a keen hiker and climber. North Wales is one of my favourite places to get away for regular trips as well as Cheddar Gorge for some sport climbing and I have... Read More


Meet the Open Airist: Joe

Introducing retired climber/mountaineer and dog lover Joe. Hi, I’m Joe and I’ve been working at Open Air for the last 8 years. I have the privilege of being Open Air’s manager and my time is spread between working upstairs with the shop floor team and downstairs with the buying, E-commerce, and customer service teams.  I come from an outdoorsy family and have grown up walking, camping, climbing and skiing. Until my early teens all of my outdoor adventures were in the UK, but as I got older I started to... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Magda

Presenting this week hiker and our website guru, Magda. Hi, I’m Magda! I have been working at Open Air for over ten years now and gained a lot of experience in a variety of positions. From working on the shop floor to administration, dealing with web orders and most recently content management. Being a natural outdoors person I enjoy hiking and over the years have climbed up some mountains, gone down some valleys and ticked some items off my bucket list but added a lot more to it! I’ve recently taken up... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Jonathan

This week we introduce our keen hiker, backpacker, and cyclist Jonathan: Hi, I’m Jonathan and I’ve been working at Open Air for just over a year now. I do a bit of everything at Open Air – you might find me in the main shop, our specialist footwear department, manning our new shop at number 28 Green Street dedicated to Fjällräven, or dispatching online orders! It’s been great fun to work with a bunch of other people who have a real passion for the outdoors in its many forms and... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Kaisa

This week’s Open Airist is scuba diver and general outdoor enthusiast Kaisa. Hi I am Kaisa, I come from Sweden and I am a PE and English teacher as well as working part time in Open air. My outdoor adventures have been many many all over the world over the years. I really like snorkelling, scuba diving, and horse riding. I’ve also done a bit of hiking, trekking and skiing. Last time I hiked was in Ambleside in the Lake District. It was great! I did 5 day trips in... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Ashley

This week it’s all season climber and backpacker Ashley. Hi my name is Ashley, I am a 6 year veteran of the British Army and now a student. I’ve been working at Open Air for only a little while, but during that time I have been trying to adjust to my new job in retail and learning all the knowledge about the products in store. During the warmer months I mainly rock climb, but also try to do a lot of hiking to get my sweat on. In the winter... Read More


Meet the Open Airists: Robin

Let’s get on with it! This week we introduce snowboarder and hill walker Robin. Hi, My name is Robin. I’ve been working at Open Air for one year now and have worked in outdoor retail for four years previously. You’ll likely find me working with the team on the shop floor where I enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of product details; especially technical clothing. In the outdoors I especially enjoy putting myself outside my comfort zone; be it reaching new speeds on my snowboard or jumping into a cold... Read More