The Out There Adventure Centre

Calgary’s Best Active Lifestyle Retailer

We are a small group of Canadians who are passionate about the great outdoors, and we want to bring the best outdoor brands to Calgary.
Our co-founders, Jamie Clarke and George Achilleos, have been friends since grade school in Calgary, AB. As they grew up, each of them had endeavoured to live an adventurous life: George in the field of business and entrepreneurial development, and Jamie in the natural wonders of the world. After many years of individual explorations, Jamie and George began to discuss a new sort of adventure for the two of them.
Meeting at their favourite Italian restaurant, and bolstered with the courage that copious amounts of wine is often known to spark, the two buddies mapped out a plan for a future business partnership. Notes on several napkins revealed that after his years as a mountaineer, multiple trips to Mt. Everest, and the balance of the Seven Summits, Jamie had amassed a good knowledge and understanding for quality gear. George, on the other hand, brought the business expertise after being a top-performer at IBM Canada. Together, nothing could stop them… at least that’s what the Chateauneuf-du-Pape suggested.
They combined their resources and skills to conceptualize the Out There Adventure Centre in downtown Calgary. It took three years to figure out the plan, finance the project, procure a location, find suppliers and hire a team of gear experts and enthusiasts. At last, in 2003 the doors opened. The Out There Adventure Centre has become the go-to place to shop for top-end outdoor gear and apparel in Calgary.
The Out There Adventure Centre on Calgary's Stephen Avenue.

Meet the Team

Tyler

Tyler

General Manager

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Tyler has spent most of his life playing in the Rockies. Celebrating 11 years at Out There, Tyler is the General Store Manager and you will often find him roaming the floors in search of great outdoor conversation. Tyler’s three season passions revolve around most things 2 wheeled and aerobic in nature. Epic helmet head are Tyler’s daily fashion statement! Long winters are often spent on XC skate skis and a crusty singlespeed, with backcountry touring skis recently added to the quiver. Tyler’s goal this winter is to point his 7 year old missile down the slopes, and try not to be left behind!!
Ashley

Ashley

Purchasing Manager

Ashley joined the Out There team in March of 2014 as the Purchasing Manager. Originally from London Ontario, she moved west 7 years ago in search of more vertical terrain. Strapping on her first tightly fitted pair of climbing shoes in Canmore was all it took to solidify the love of climbing that dominates the majority of her free time. This obsession has quickly spread to include any activity that can be done on or around the Rockies with a soft spot for backpacking, hiking, snow-sports (of any kind) and mountain biking. Ashley plans to take her love of all things outdoors on the road to gain experience in the best of what the world has to offer and has recently returned from a backpacking trip in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
Yusuke

Yusuke

Supervisor

Yusuke was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. He has lived in Canada for the last 8 years. Climbing and skiing are Yusuke’s favourite activities but he has been known to dabble in trail running, mountain biking and scrambling and you will find him hanging around in the local climbing gyms when he is not at work. He became a member of Out There team in September of 2012 and has used his opportunities here to help in his search for new gear to test outside!
David

David

Supervisor

Dave, originally from the UK, has been in Canada for just over a year and has been part of the Out There Team for the whole duration. His favourite activities include trail running, mountain biking, climbing, scrambling and generally being outside in the mountains; in the winter skiing is his main passion. In addition to his obsession with outdoor activities, Dave has a nerdy interest in outdoor gear and technology and is always willing to engage with anyone on gear related discussions. Dave’s favourite places include all the trails in West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis, Banff and the Spray Valley, but he is determined to explore further afield into Kootenay, Jasper, and Yoho.
Spencer

Spencer

Team Member

Spencer has recently joined the full time Out There team and has called Calgary his home for his entire life. Spencer lists his interests as hiking, climbing, backpacking and travelling; he recently spent a year travelling in New Zealand where he experienced some of the great walks available including the Kepler track which he lists as his favourite. Closer to home, Spencer’s favourite hiking trails are around Three Isle Lake and South Kananaskis pass. Outside of his outdoor interests he also has a passion for music and has played guitar for fifteen years.
Anna

Anna

Team Member

Anna is originally from Calgary but has travelled back and forth to Ontario for school. With interests in many outdoor activities including triathlon, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing and ski touring she is right at home at Out There. Her interests take her on many adventures to beautiful places but the standout area has been Lake Louise, Mt Fairview being her favourite summit. Outdoor interests aside, Anna has completed her studies in linguistics having focused her research on Kinyarwanda and Inuktitut.  
Shaun

Shaun

Team Member

Shaun is a born and raised Calgarian, aside from a couple of years in Texas. His long list of outdoor interests includes mountaineering, rock and ice climbing and skiing. It is tough for Shaun to list his all time favourite climbs, because he has so many favourites but a few are the Alaska range; Mount Louis, via the Kain route; and the Silverhorn Spur on Mount Athabasca. A fun fact about Shaun, his Dad used to climb with the first Canadian to summit Everest, Laurie Skreslet, and still has an old pair of Skreslet’s boots.
Mark

Mark

Team Member

Mark hails from Calgary, born and raised, and has called Calgary home for the entirety of his life. He regularly engages in hiking, scrambling, climbing and skiing, seasons permitting. Mount Temple, Rawson Lake, Grassi Lakes and Lake Louise are some of Mark’s favourite destinations. Mark is a geology student and as such you will find him often studying the ground in front rather than the magnificent views!  
Simon

Simon

Team Member

Simon has returned to us after spending the winter sampling the finest JPow Japan has to offer. During the summer Simon spends his time in the Rockies trail running, hiking and bouldering; his favourite place is Mount Yamnuska. Simon’s favourite adventure was the two months he spent paddling 1300KM across the Arctic Circle to the Beaufort Sea.

Allen

Allen

Team Member

The newest member of the Out There team, Allen has worked with us for only a couple of weeks! Originating from deep within the Canadian Rockies, Allen enjoys great summer foraging in the grasslands, but tends to get sleepy during the long winter months. Allen also has an unexplained affinity for Marmot clothing and gear and can often be found perched in hidden corners and alcoves within the shop. Notoriously shy and quiet, Allen’s various hiding spots can only be spotted by the keen observer!