Chris Johnson - Wilderness First Responder
On most days you'll find Chris staffing our apparel department, though he can cross departments and offer sound advice around the store. He's been working his magic here since the fall of 2008. He's a versatile guy who recently became Hoigaard's footwear buyer. His first goal as the new buyer is to increase our focus on technical footwear to support the camping and paddlesports departments. That said, he promises to continue with a good mix of the casual sandals and shoes long popular at Hoigaard's.
Chris has some serious credentials as a camping/paddlesport professional. He has ventured north to the Boundary Waters (and beyond) every summer since 1993. His base of operations since '98 has been the YMCA Camp Widjiwagan on Burntside Lake where for the past 7 years he has been a trip leader, guiding fledglings into remote wilderness settings. We're talking arctic river trips and mountain backpacking treks beyond any communication or access to the outside world - and he hasn't lost a camper (yet). It helps that he is trained as a Wilderness First Responder - he can deal with those little emergencies that crop up from time to time.