Jim Lind - Camper

Jim was a good fit for Hoigaard's camp shop when he started here back in 1975. He was already an experienced backpacker, canoe camper, and cross country skier. He already owned a kayak and had seen miles as a bicycle tourer. He was from a family that loved camping (mainly of the car camping variety) and he had been in a scout troop that prefered the Rocky Mountains, Isle Royale and the BWCA over the local scout jamboree.

Jim has experienced Hoigaard's through multiple transitions over the years. Not many employees can remember when Hoigaard's canvas and awning manufacturing was in the back of the retail store. Granted, that was before he started here, but he remembers it - as a Hoigaard's customer, buying x-c skis in the early '70's.

For Jim, that perfect moment as an outdoor enthusiast occurs when your kayak first breaks free of the shoreline and begins its glide across the water. It also happens when your bike wheels first start their roll or when your skis first begin to slide. It's the transition from static to free movement that stands out. (It's kind of a zen thing.) Of course everything that comes after that is pretty good too.

Away from Hoigaard's Jim is an avid baker (hasn't bought a loaf of bread in years), enjoys backyard gardening and amatuer bird watching (the nation's #1 outdoor activity). At Hoigaard's he currently divides his time between the computer (maintaining the company website, writting the monthly e-newsletter), organizing special events like the Canoe Derby and working the retail floor where he will assist you in the camp, paddlesports and x-c ski departments.