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Store Manager, Chicago
Here is my Bio.
HI! I'm Ryan Simko, General Manager at the Moosejaw in Chicago, IL.
I'm back in the Midwest after 7 years experiencing various parts of this lovely land we call the United States of 'Merica! Before returning here, my friends thought I'd gone missing, my parents thought I'd gone crazy, and my grandfather thought I was homeless. In reality I was out having the time of my life living off Ramen noodles, pop tarts, and instant mashed potatoes while hiking all 2,184.2 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I was given the trail name "Meat", believe it or not, which had nothing to do with food.
I'm an adrenaline junkie, but get nervous at the idea of riding a roller coaster. I'll eat just about anything, but as a kid went through a phase where I wouldn't eat the ends of hot dogs. I love music, but hate dancing. My sister once got a wrench stuck on her finger
No matter what the adventure, I can usually be found around the shop getting nerdy talking about gear and backcountry techniques! Stop by the shop and say hi!
Oh, and we have a ping pong table, so come by and play. And bring your A-game, cause I've got mad skills like Forrest Gump!
Get to know Moosejaw, Chicago
Laser Portal to the year 2000. The Play Station 2 is released in Japan. Natalie Rasmussen and Ryan Crump started dating. The Backstreet Boys have a record titled Millineum. Gas costs an average of $1.26 per gallon. Moosejaw Mountaineering comes to the Big City. Boom.
Since 2000 Moosejaw has been straight up kickin' it in the Windy City--also known as Chi-town, Chi, the Dubstep Arena, Frank's kinda town, and CHICAGO. Moosejaw Chicago is known for its amazing selection of High-end Outdoor Gear and Apparel. No matter what your wants or needs, we can get 'err done.. Like to Climb? We've got climbing do-dads. Like Camping. Bam! We've got camping gear. Need a hug? Come here....lets do this.
But in all seriousness, we have footwear for the trail, for the crag, for the beach or for about town and we'll make sure that you get what you need. In fact, I think La Sportiva fits all of those categories.
**is the threat, "don't ever set one of those unsymmetrical feet in this shop again" polite?
I'm sure there are stories like this to explain the origins of all kinds of camping gear. Maybe Lekitrekking poles were modeled after that wacky walking stick bug. Maybe Marmot's down sleeping bags were inspired by a snake eating a smaller snake. I don't know. I don't have all the answers... but please feel free to ask our Chicago employees.