The Pathfinder Bios
Russel "Holly" Hollenbeck
Owner, aka "Boss"
Owner, aka "Boss Lady"
Holly and Lisa pilot this good ship Alpine, but they know that the wind in her sails comes from the hard work of their outfitters and their support staff. Take a moment to get to know your local outfitters and sneak a peak past the "Employees Only" door to meet the buyers, marketers and other behind the scenes characters. Choose a category below:
Alpiner / Pathfinder since: 2018
What is your passion? I love to hike and backpack. When I lived closer to the mountains I enjoyed climbing as well. With two kids who are active in sports, I consider myself lucky to get an hour on my yoga mat these days.
Dream Adventure: I want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail sooner than later.
Favorite Place to "Get Outside Yourself?: My yoga mat, ideally outside somewhere when the weather is accommodating. Also love a day long hike at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Favorite Book: M.F.K. Fisher's "The Art of Eating"
Outfitter - Bike Mechanic - Ecology Field Technician / Ground Beetle Extrordinaire
Alpiner / Pathfinder since: 2014
What is your passion? I am a cyclist through and through. I got into maintenance and commuting during college and then sport riding after I moved back to Manhattan.
I do a lot of gravel road races but really love cyclocross. It's fun that the same bike can be used either for 100+ mile endurance rides that are all about effcient energy use or short, high-intensity races where bike handling and acceleration are key.
I also enjoy hiking, camping,kayaking and rock climbing. I trail run with my dog but that's more for him than for me.
Dream Adventure: I would love to go bikepacking or touring in a place very unfamiliar to me. South America, Southeast Asia, Central Africa, somewhere along those lines. Being so far from home and supporting oneself while traveling by bike seems like a great adventure.
Outdoor Group: Bike MHK Group Rides (Facebook)
Favorite Book: I grew up reading my mother's sci-fi and fantasy novels she has kept since the 70's and 80's. Phillip K Dick and Anne McCaffrey are at the top of my list, but my favorite series is probably the Kencyrath books by PC Hodgell.
Favorite Gear: Specialized Bikes
Alpiner / Pathfinder since: 2016
What is your passion? I have a passion for travel, my family, backpacking and enjoying life.
My uncle got me hooked on backpacking when I was in college and it's been a big part of my life ever since. Travel has always been important to my wife and I and we strive to show our daughters how big and diverse the world really is.
Favorite place to "Get Outside Yourself": Domestically it is either backpacking in Colorado or hanging on the Central Coast of California.
Internationally, it's a tie between Paris and Amsterdam.
Favorite Book: "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Wind, Sand and Stars" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Bike Service Manager
Alpiner / Pathfinder since: 2019
What is your passion? I like to swim, bike, and run. These days, I spend most of my time riding road and gravel. I started biking in high school when my grandfather started taking me on the Bike Across Kansas bike ride every summer. I also enjoy boating, rafting, kayaking, riding motorcycles, opossum wrangling, and board games.
Favorite place to "Get Outside Yourself": A bike is a great place for that! Especially on gravel, where you can ride for hours without seeing another soul.
Favorite Book: Harry Potter is easily my favorite series, and Steve King is pretty good too.
Bike Sales Floor Manager
Alpiner / Pathfinder since: 2018
What is your passion? I am passionate about cycling and sailing primarily but I am willing to adventure out in any way I can. I started cycling as a commuter in college and have gradually invest myself more and more into the sport and I began sailing a couple years ago and couldn't help but fall in love with it.
Favorite place to "Get Outside Yourself": am always trying to "get outside myself" in my local environment, but I also try to make regular trips to fun places in and outside the US.
Favorite Book: The Hobbit!