Meet the Open Airists: Tom

The series continues! Second on the stage is Tom, an enthusiastic flyer and canoeist.

Hiking in the Himalayas in 2015
Photo: Tom

Hi, my name is Tom, and I’ve been working at Open Air since September 2019. I started in the main shop, where I learned about waterproof materials, rucksacks, walking poles, sleeping equipment, and how to care for equipment. I more recently migrated to the footwear shop, where I learned the basics of fitting customers with walking shoes and boots.

One of the early lessons for me at Open Air was that there is an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge among the staff about every kind of outdoor equipment. The team has copious aggregated experience in using outdoor clothing and equipment, and a passion for being outdoors is something we all share. There’s plenty of variation to the job, as our customers hail from all over the world and Open Air now has three Green Street stores.

A canoe paddle I made last summer from pine and redwood.

When I’m not working, I enjoy walking and running. I also love to spend time on the water, whether that’s in a kayak, sailing boat, or canoe. I like canoe trips because it’s a peaceful way to travel and I can take more things than I can carry on my back! I am planning an expedition to the canoeists’ Mecca – the lakes of Algonquin Park, Canada – in the summer. During isolation, I’m studying for the theory exams for a Private Pilot’s Licence.

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