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If you’re anything like me, Christmas is wonderful….but giving gifts is not your strength. I end up waiting until the last second and then stress buy. And what about stocking stuffers? I mean, people can only get so excited about an orange.

Wild Beginnings thought it would be a good idea to bring you the best idea ever for gifts or stocking stuffers.

Socks.

No, really! The sock company, Feetures makes highly technical, incredible socks that have become a big deal in the outdoor industry. With different cushion levels, heights, and compression, there’s something everyone in the family, outdoorsy or not.

I spent the summer and fall running, hiking, and hanging around in camp shoes in Feetures Socks with cushion of all levels. Here’s why I love them.

Heavy Cushion: These low profile, no show socks are my go to for trail running. I personally love the extra cushion for Northern California trails. If you’ve never ran on a trail near Redding, CA, let me educate you. They’re hard (that’s what she said). But seriously, trails around here are basically concrete 8 months out of the year with sharp gnarly rocks everywhere. Even with trail shoes that are built with cushion, that extra bit of sock cushion is a welcome feel. And if you do happen to be running in a minimalist shoe, you’ll find yourself most grateful for this heavy cushion.

Light Cushion: Ski season training is upon us and that means gym time along side trail time. The ultra light to light cushion Feetures work great on gym days. I don’t know about everyone else, but this ‘glistening’ shit people talk about, it’s not my story. The lighter cushion gives a lot more breathability and less slippage as you’re working on those bosu squats. Feetures light cushion compression sock that works circulation wonders as well as socks specific to relieving planter fasciitis pain.


Elite + Merino: Did I mention we’ve been hiking a lot this year? Backpacking trips almost every weekend means a lot of miles in boots with a pack on. Now, I grew up with the 2 sock method, but not anymore. I found just the Elite Merino sock with medium cushion was perfect for long days on the trail. Not only did I manage to escape blistering, the Merino wool blend helped significantly in reducing the stench that comes with removing your boot. Trust me, your tent mate will thank you. 

Rollga Foam Roller

For the more avid athlete or recovery guru in your crew, we suggest a foam roller. I’ve been especially stoked on the Rollga foam roller. This funky shaped roller is omni directional and designed to restore functional movement, increase mobility, and aid in all kinds of muscle recovery. They even make instructional videos so you can be sure to get the most use out the thing. I’ve used it all year after backpacking trips, ski training sessions, and long trail runs. It’s one of those comforts you look forward to and fantasize about while on the trail…

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Adventure Medical Kit is a staple in the outdoor industry. I mean, who ever thought it was a good idea to go into the back country with out some kind of a med kit. These guys have built med kits and survival tools for all kids of adventures, from backpacking trips to adventure races to adventuring with your 4 legged friend. So when we had the opportunity to interview one of their professional athletes, we jumped at the chance. It’s not every day you get to chat with someone who has focused their life around crazy races that last hours on end, in gnarly and unpredictable terrain. Kyle Peter is an Adventure Racer who has accomplished more than 140 races in his lifetime. One thing his races do have in common… Kyle carries something from AMK with him. We got to ask him a few questions about his racing experiences as well as some advice on backcountry medicine.

Wild Beginnings Adventure Co: Good morning! Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself: Who are you and how do you represent AMK?

Kyle Peter: I am the captain of Team Adventure Medical Kits. I have been adventure racing since 2004 in 6 different continents. Pushing my mental and physical limits in some the harshest and beautiful part of the world.


WBAC: How did you become a professional Adventure Racer?

KP: Adventure racing success comes from experience and after racing at the top of the sport for so many years, I have had the fortune to represent Adventure Medical Kits as our team’s title sponsor.

 

WBAC: What one thing we would always find on you during an adventure race?

KP: Expedition races include extensive gear lists that always include emergency shelters and first aid kits. Our team carries the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy and the Ultralight & Watertight .7 Medical Kit.

 

WBAC: What does your training regimen look like when getting ready for a race?

KP: My training looks like a typical triathlete’s training with 2 exceptions. Replace the swimming with kayak paddling and add in long days in mountains which might mirror a backpacking trip more than traditional training. Adventure races require participants to be completely self-sufficient and that requires carrying a heavy pack at times.

 

WBAC: What does your favorite post race meal look like?
KP: After eating packaged foods for 5 days straight nothing beats a breakfast for me. A large egg scramble with a side of pancakes is my preferred post-race feast.

 

WBAC: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you have with you?
KP: SOL Escape Pro Bivvy, SOL Sport Utility Blanket, SOL All Weather Fire Cubes

WBAC: Onto your experience with Wilderness Medicine: What medical kit you prefer for your adventures?

KP: The Ultralight & Watertight .7 Medical Kit is perfect. It is set up to provide supplies for 2 people for 4 days and comes in a waterproof package.


WBAC
: What does your medical training look like?

KP: I have kept my Wilderness First Responder certification up-to-date since 2005. I have also spent my younger years working as a nursing assistant in a hospital.


WBAC: What is the scariest or most serious medical experience you’ve faced in the field?

KP: Fortunately, I have never faced anything life threatening, but I have faced hypothermia, broken bones, an open dislocation, and enough chaffing, cuts and scrapes, and blisters to drain 100 UL&WT .7 kits!

 

WBAC: Are there any nifty medical tips you can share with us?

KP: Before applying any bandage or blister treatment use tincture of benzoin or Skin Tac to the skin around the wound to help the dressing stay in place during the rest of the wilderness trip. The conditions found in the outdoors are much harsher on wound dressings than at home.

WBAC: How can outdoor enthusiasts best prepare themselves for a backcountry adventure?

KP: The supplies found in an Adventure Medial Kit are useful, but the most important tool one has to work with in the backcountry is knowledge on how to handle an emergency. I would highly recommend taking a Wilderness First Aid class and carrying the Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine (which are included in many of Adventure Medical Kits) on backcountry trips.


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Trips

The Adventure: Summit and Swan Lake Loop (Adventurous)

The Dates: September 22-24


The Miles: 12 Miles, +2 miles

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. From the trailhead we will begin our journey past Summit Lake and then ascend up to Echo Lake. These are the first of several lakes we will be hiking by. We will be staying Friday night at Swan Lake where we can take afternoon dips and cook a hearty dinner. A fall trip in Lassen means mildly warm days and cooler nights making this a perfect combo of dipping into lakes and hot drinks at night. We’ll cozy up with some backcountry cocktails as we plan our adventure for the next day. Saturday brings an off trail adventure opportunity up a seldom travelled cinder cone. At the top is a small hidden lake that we will spend the afternoon at swimming in and enjoying the solitude by. That evening we’ll practice our dinner skills along with baking a well deserved desert! The next morning we’ll pack up and head out, following a section of the PCT through meadows and marshes, rich with wildlife. We’ll finish our trip with another well deserved dip into Summit Lake and cheers to an epic adventure!



Who this trip is for: This is a great trip for beginner backpackers or adventurers  who want to get a little bit of experience traveling off trail. Our hike up to a hidden lake in a cinder cone is a great opportunity to practice topo map reading and route finding in old growth forest. Due to the mileage we recommend this trip for those in good physical condition.


Why we love this trip: This trip is a prime opportunity to experience the fullness of Lassen Volcanic National Park. We get to travel through forest, past lakes, next to meadows, and cross-country up a lesser known cinder cone…and since it’s a loop, we’ll never hike past the same thing twice! The cinder cone adventure makes for a great opportunity to practice and develop your topo map reading and route finding and make no mistake, there’s a fantastic surprise at the top of this hidden cinder cone!


What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com


What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).


Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.


The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by September 5th): $325


*Permits obtained by Lassen Volcanic National Park*

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Trips

The Adventure: Sifford Lakes Loop

The Dates: August 18-20

The Miles: 6 Miles

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. From the trailhead we will begin our loop along King’s Creek. A moderately strenuous trail will take us by King’s Creek Falls where we can drop packs and take a lovely dip.  Bench Lake is just down the trail and then a final climb on up to Sifford Lakes.  We will spend two nights there exploring the surrounding lakes, cooking delicious meals, and enjoying the solitude Lassen National Park so often offers. Epic star gazing at night makes this trip a prime opportunity for those who love sleeping out under the stars or in a hammock.


Who this trip is for: This is a fantastic trip for those seeking some silence and solitude, the stargazing fanatic, or the newer backpacker. Lower mileage means we can cruise into the lakes and take it easy and spending 2 nights up there means time to enjoy and rest in the surrounding areas.


Why we love this trip: Lassen National Park is a hidden gem in the North State.  At Sifford Lakes, the crowds are few and it’s easy to experience deep wilderness only a few miles from the trailhead. The Park is teaming with wildlife and crazy geothermal features. Lassen National Park is one of the best places for stargazing in the North State.


What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com


What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).


Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.


The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by August 5th): $325


*Permits obtained by Lassen Volcanic National Park*

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The Adventure: Canyon Creek Lakes, CC Trailhead

The Dates: October 6- October 8

The Miles: 18 miles (9, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. From the trailhead we follow a steady uphill grade with some switch backing, creek crossing, and hill climbing. Our goal will be to make it all the way up to Canyon Creek Lakes the first day. Once at the lakes, further adventure, rest, and beauty of epic proportion is right out the tent door.

Who this trip is for: We know that the fall is a busy time for most people. Whether you’re an experienced backpacker who just doesn’t have time to plan a longer trip, or a beginning backpacker eager to do a big trip, we have you covered. With a lot of miles, serious elevation gain, we recommend this trip for those in good physical condition.  

Why we love this trip: This is one of the most sought after destinations in the Trinity Alps. We love this trip in the fall because everything is turning into bright autumn colors, the crowds are gone, and the bugs have completely died off. This is an opportunity to experience the heart of the Trinity Alps in one of the most spectacular seasons.

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

 

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

 

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by September 5th): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*




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The Adventure: Granite Lake, Swift Creek Trailhead

The Dates: September 8-September 10

The Miles: 10 miles (5, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. Granite Lake is a stunning subalpine lake, half of it at the base of granite walls, half along a wooded shore. The trail is a steady climb through old forest, next to rushing creeks, and past fields and meadows full of wild flowers. Lower mileage leaves lots of time for rest and solo time or outdoor living skills practice.

 

Who this trip is for: The elevation gain on this trip is pretty significant. We recommend people looking for a solid weekend adventure and are in good physical condition participating in this trip.

 

Why we love this trip: This is a great trip to end an epic summer and kick off the fall. Warm temps during the day while the evenings cool off make this one of the best times to do a backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps. Lakes are often still at a good swimming temperature and crowds are few.  Best part? No bugs!

 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

 

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

 

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

 

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by August 5th): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 

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Trips

The Adventure: Boulder Lakes, Boulder Lakes Trailhead

The Dates: August 5-Auguest 6

The Miles: Total Mileage: 5 miles (2.5, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. Boulder and Little Boulder Lakes are a quick 2  miles from the trail head with its fellow lake only slightly further. Tall trees shade the lake while Lost and Taipi Lake sit a bit higher. 

Who this trip is for: Everyone can enjoy this trip! These lakes are a perfect introduction to the world of backpacking. Swimming in lakes, sitting around campfires, and adventuring to nearby lakes, this trip has a little bit of everything. Due to the shorter mileage this is also a great trip to bring out your inner chef and make lots of delicious food (like cinnamon rolls and back country pizza) that may not make it onto longer expeditions where weight is a significant factor. Remember, every trip can be catered to the groups needs. 

Why we love this trip: This is a super fun, laid back trip. Backpacking doesn’t always have to be rigorous and exhausting. Beauty, adventure, and rest can sometimes be found only a couple miles down the trail. 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment: 

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring: 

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?). 

The Investment: $275

Early Bird Special (by June 1): $250

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

Email Wendy@thewbac.com to register 

 
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Trips

The Adventure: Caribou Basin, Big Flat Trailhead (Adventurous/Intense)

The Dates: July 21-23

The Miles: 18 miles (9 miles, out and back)

What to expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. The trail into Caribou Basin is not for the faint of heart. Steep climbs and steady switch backs takes you high into the Alps and eventually drops us into a massive granite basin full of several, high alpine lakes. Once in the basin you’ll have the opportunity to practice outdoor living skills and explore the giant basin we’ll be camping in.  

Who this trip is for: This trip requires strength and endurance. Due to the mileage and elevation gain, we recommend this trip for people who have experienced backpacking before or those in good physical condition.

Why we love this trip: It’s great to get up high and out of the heat in the dead of summer. This basin has some of the largest lakes in the Trinity Alps and tons of granite slabs to travel and camp on. Big Caribou Lake is the largest lake in the Trinity Alps making it some of the best scenery in the area. Epic views and great swimming spots make the hard work it’ll take to get here, worth it.

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by July 1): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 

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Trips

The Adventure: Stuart Fork TH to Morris Meadows (adventurous)

The Dates: June 23-25

The Miles: 18 miles (9 miles, out and back)

What to expect: We meet at 8am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. The trek up to Morris Meadows is mellow and scenic. It slowly climbs up to a vast meadow giving way to amazing views of Sawtooth Ridge. You will have the opportunity to learn how and practice setting up camp, filtering water, cooking in a camp kitchen, and preparing well deserved breakfasts and dinners. 

Morris meadows gives way to options for further adventure or rest amongst giant trees. A day hike up to emerald and sapphire lake makes for a full weekend adventure. 

Who this trip is for: This is a great trip for a beginner backpacker who’s wanting to learn or hone in their outdoor living skills. Already an expert backpacker? No problem, this is a great trip to explore the Trinity Alps with out having to plan or prepare anything! Due to higher mileage we strongly recommend this trip to those in good physical condition. 

Why we love this trip: This is an opportunity to see the Trinity Alps emerge in color and life after a long winter.  It’s a relatively relaxed approach with rewarding valley views. This trip has the potential to be highly adventurous or a quiet respite.  French press coffee, campfires, and no bake deserts are always a plus. 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment: 

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring: 

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?). 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by June 1): $325

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 
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Better Businesses
We love when companies decide to be innovative with everyday accessories. That’s why, when Jelt Belt reached out to us, it was a hard ‘YES’ to working with them. This is a team committed to building a product that increases functionality and fashion and decreases their carbon footprint….our favorite. When we received the interview back, it just solidified how much we love this business. They’re not some cog in the corporate machine…they’re a family of adventure enthusiasts who love making a difference and love making people smile. 

  1. Who is Jelt Belt and how long have you guys been in business?

I launched the company in February 2014, out of my super quaint office in downtown Bozeman, Montana. I always knew I wanted to be an inventor. I knew I needed a belt to keep my crack from showing, but I refused to wear traditional leather belts. I believed that if I had this problem, other people did, too.

I remembered the groovy elastic belts I wore in the 70’s and 80’s with the stripes and the gold, interlocking buckle and I decided to reinvent that type of belt with modern technology. Jelts have a low-profile buckle, a grippy inner gel and are made out of recycled water bottles. There are no metal parts, so if TSA doesn’t see your Jelt, you can wear it through the metal detectors! (I was tired of stripping in the airport security line.)



  1. Where did the idea to build a business around belts come from?

I created the Jelt belt out of pure necessity. As a frazzled working mom, I discovered a need for a functional belt to keep my skinny jeans from sagging and my kids from cringing. I also live at the base of the Rocky Mountains, so naturally I have a passion for the outdoors, which made it easy for Jelt to evolve from being a comfortable, flat belt to wear with jeans to the perfect belt for hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, traveling and everyday fashion.

  1. In what ways are Jelt Belts environmentally responsible? Are materials sustainably sourced?

I wanted to make sure Jelt would stand out from any other belt on the market. Not only is it modern-retro, with a nod to 80’s fashion, but it is also made from 100% recycled water bottles, has a patent-pending buckle design that won’t show a bulge under fitted shirts and an inner gel that grips to pants, whether you have belt loops or not. The packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard, which very few companies do because, like most environmentally products, it’s more expensive.

  1. We see that manufacturing is being moved from China back to Montana?! What was the motive behind this and what does that journey look like for your company?

As of late 2016, we made a heart-felt decision to move our manufacturing from China to our home state of Montana. The Jelt Extreme launched in December as our first belt to be manufactured in Montana.

I have a personal commitment to giving back to our communities and strive to help people live a more productive life. That’s why we chose to work with the Montana Correctional Enterprise (MCE) Program at the Montana Women’s Prison. This privileged program guides incarcerated women through an application and interview process, which is required for program participation. These women develop a strong work ethic, new job skills and grow their confidence, which will make them a more marketable employee in the future. The money they earn goes toward their restitution, child support, and finally, into a savings account for use when they are released.

 

  1. So, $1 for every belt sold goes to organizations supporting wounded veterans, tell us about that partnership and what the inspiration behind giving to this specific cause is.

The best part of the Jelt brand is that we are both environmentally and socially responsible. We give money to a ton of local charities who provide services to people who are in the most need.  We donate a large portion of our profits to organizations who support veterans, youth and families. When you buy a belt, Jelt will donate $1 to Warriors and Quiet Waters, an organization that takes combat-wounded veterans fly fishing as a means of rehabilitation. But, that’s just the beginning, we also donate to Thrive, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, 4-H, the YMCA and to the Bozeman Schools Foundation. I am interested in giving to charities that service children and their families. They are the core and backbone of any community. If there is a non-profit in Bozeman that we don’t donate to, it’s because they haven’t hit us up yet. (I will be bombarded if you print this, but, oh well!) 

      6. What activities do you recommend we use a Jelt Belt for?
Jelt is the ideal crossover lifestyle belt, which means it can be worn with anything. It’s an active belt for hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and golf. Yet, it’s perfect for everyday jeans. Some of my female customers wear their Jelts “Retro-style” with a skater dress or “Zen style” to keep their yoga pants up.



       7. What are some of the teams’ favorite belts? Favorite feature of the Belt?

We are a hodgepodge group who all have their favorite Jelt depending on the season or their mood. People can’t help but dig the American Retro Jelt, but our top seller is the Black Granite. ( My VP, Amanda, wanted to chime in that her favorite Jelt is Glacier all year round!! )

     

     8. Digging those Trucker Hats! Are they environmentally friendly as well?!

Oh, yeah! We get those from an artist out of Washington. She accesses trucker hats that are surplus, then hand prints her custom-designed wood block print of our logo onto each hat. The hats are as unique as our company and, like a snowflake, no two hats are alike.

  1. Besides created a super cool, eco friendly belt, what makes Jelt Belt a great company to work for?

Well, I’m so glad you asked. Not to toot my own horn, but if I must— I was honored to receive the 2017 Employer of the Year Award given to me by the Business Professional Women of Montana. This verified my hard work and dedication to my wonderful Bozeman community and to my commitment to give back to society as a whole. However, since I’m the boss, I probably can’t answer that question without bias, so here’s a quote from, yet again, my VP, Amanda Schultz:

“I love working at Jelt because the of the amazing Jelt team, company culture and  beautiful office in downtown Bozeman! It’s a treat working for a company with so much passion for the product, the purpose and the cause. I dig that our company values building a strong community and being socially conscious. An added benefit is Jelt has kept my pants up since 2015!”

My social media and PR director, Jessica Minalga, also “loves the connection Jelt has with the Bozeman community and how the company constantly celebrates the beautiful state we live in and the social and and environmental efforts happening within our local town.” Working for a startup that gives back and helping the brand grow has been very rewarding for her as well. 

  1. Any big plans for Jelt Belt for 2017 that you can let us in on? 

Well—I’m so glad you asked—

Our world famous Dark Denim Jelt is being manufactured at the Women’s Correctional Facility right this minute and will be available on our website around the 15th of April! Whoop whoop!

As far as other “plans”, they are currently top secret, so if I told you, I’d have to kill you, and that’s not my style. 

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