Meet the UST Ambassadors

Here at UST we like to have fun outdoors, and we’re on the look out for people who like to do the same! UST Ambassadors are outdoor enthusiasts across the nation who are already
living the “UST lifestyle.”

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Dan Human

Todd Nystrom

Lupe Rodriquez

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North Tonawanda, New York

Morrow, Ohio

Kingsville, TX

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Whether I’m backpacking on remote and rugged trails or paddling pristine wilderness waters, you can usually find me engaged in a back country adventure.

Though I’ve ventured upon many trips, my most memorable journey is my 2,160-mile hike from Maine to Georgia along the Appalachian Trail. Having climbed the 46 highest mountains in the Adirondack High Peaks, I’m a proud 46er and I’m currently working on climbing all 115 4,000-foot peaks in the Northeast.

When things didn’t always go as planned, I relied upon the survival skills that I’ve picked up to keep me alive and keep me on the trail. From the Boy Scouts to the Army and good old trial and error, I’ve have some great teachers along the way.

The lessons I’ve learned have been put to good use as a Crew Boss for our regional Search and Rescue team as we help lost people in less than favorable conditions.

Most importantly, I am a father to an adventurous toddler who loves the outside and is quickly becoming an expert in building debris huts.

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m an avid hiker, backpacker, camper, and outdoor photographer who likes to share my outdoor experiences with others through blogging and social media. I acquired my love of the outdoors at an early age, learning to hunt and fish with my father, and taking numerous family camping trips in the remote backwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Now, my wife and I are outdoor enthusiasts and backpackers who frequently take day and weekend trips to the many great parks and forests around Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. We have also hiked in several national parks including Yosemite, Shenandoah, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Big Bend, Canyonlands, and Arches in the United States, as well as Banff and Yoho in Canada.

I’m a strong advocate for getting others outdoors. I started and continue to lead a hiking ministry in my church, planning outings, guiding trips and leading groups, large and small, on a wide variety of hikes and overnight trips from easy to difficult. With the amount of time I spend outdoors, and especially because I am often leading others, I have made it a priority to take formal training in wilderness first aid and wilderness survival skills. I spend a week each summer teaching children basic outdoor safety and adventure skills and have also taught map & compass and photography to one of our local American Heritage Girls troops.

Howdy! My name is Lupe, I was born and raised in Texas. I’m a husband of 17 years and father of two beautiful sets of twins. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family.

I grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and floating down Texas rivers. I spent most of my summers working on farms & ranches and tagging along with my father when he went out and control the predator population in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas for land owners.

I’m currently back in Texas, and I spend most of my weekends exploring new hiking trails, fresh-saltwater fishing and camping on beaches and state parks.

As a veteran and a leader in the military, I enjoy teaching and sharing my skills and passion for the outdoors to my family, friends and the community.

The Nature Tech Family

Happily Ever Outdoors

Dean Cattell

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Custer, South Dakota

Wrightstown, New Jersey

Pierceland, Saskatchewan
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Nature Tech Family was founded by Kari and Tom as a means to find ways to bring today’s technology-centered youth and families back into the wilderness. By developing activities and building experiences with their own family, they hope to provide inspiration for others to go outside and have an adventure. Living within a half day’s drive of more than 25 National and State Park Service sites, they are always looking for new terrain in which to hone their survival skills, create educational videos, and enjoy nature photography. They spend at least one weekend each month camping, and summer is full of long-term trips around the country.

Kari spent much of her life in the lower peninsula of Michigan, where her parents have 80 acres of wetlands. She and her siblings spent most days outside making forts, running through the woods, and following deer trails. She coordinated and taught youth and family survival programs through Tracks and Trees Learning Center for five years.

Together today, the Tonkins find the balance between what their sons, Calvin and Linus, need to learn about using current technology and ancient survival technologies, which they use to hook them into spending time outdoors. Living in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest, Kari and Tom are also tapping into their twenty-plus years of wilderness survival teaching experience to create an ongoing adventurous lifestyle that their sons will never forget.

In addition to survival skills and camping, the whole family enjoys fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking, and exploring new places.

My name is Will Baker, I am a soldier in the US Army and the founder of Happily Ever Outdoors, a social media presence providing gear reviews, informative articles and sound advice to anyone eager to explore nature. I am currently residing in the amazing state of New Jersey with my wife Melissa and our three children; Gabriel, Scarlet, and Naomi. My entire family loves the outdoors, and we take regular camping and backpacking trips in our state’s beautiful forests, hike its many trails and, in warmer weather, boogie board on the Jersey Shore’s fantastic beaches.

In every place that we have lived in this beautiful country of ours we have found, explored, and enjoyed the unique beauty the area has to offer. Through our Facebook page, YouTube Channel and other social media outlets Happily Ever Outdoors aims to empower our followers with the knowledge and confidence to explore the great outdoors, and to encourage them to share it with their family, friends, and perhaps most importantly, their kids!

As the mother and father of a child diagnosed with moderate non-verbal autism we understand how challenging and sometimes scary it can be taking kids far off the beaten path, but we can also see from the smiles on her face and the sparkle in her eyes that there is perhaps no other place she would rather be, even if she can’t find the words. This is what it means to be “Happily Ever Outdoors”; it is part of who we are, and yet it is so much bigger than ourselves, because it’s something that started long before us and will go on long after us in the generations to come.

I was born on a mixed farm just outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At an early age I developed a passion for the outdoors and went directly from high school to Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences where I completed my diploma in Renewable Resources Technology.

Upon completion of my diploma in 1982, I worked with the government of Saskatchewan up until my retirement in April of 2014. As a Forest Worker, Conservation Officer and Park Supervisor, I was able to see most of the province and the afore-mentioned passion continued to grow.

I am a Board and founding member of Leave No Trace Canada, former board member of Nature Saskatchewan, and currently sit on the board for the Saskatchewan Trails Association.

Married for twenty years, with three active children who keep us running from hockey rinks in the winter, to volleyball courts and soccer fields in the spring and summer. My wife’s family has a cabin in the park just north of where we live, and most of summers are spent there.

I love hiking/backpacking and can be found in a kayak once in a while. I love to share my passion for the outdoors with my family (and anyone else that will listen!) I operate a small outdoor company called Taiga Adventures.

I am also a brand ambassador for Purinize and RockS2V, an ESA (Epic Social Adventures) Adventurer as a participant in HellHikeandRaft2015 and the upcoming #LHX2017 (Laurel Highlands Experience).

Steve Holliday

Greta Alms

Bernardine Wood

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New Westminster – BC – Canada Saint Paul, MN Nova Scotia, Canada
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My love for the outdoors started when I was very young. My parents took me camping throughout BC, as I grew up I started camping with friends, sometimes biking to the campsite, sometimes hiking to the campsite.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I really got into hiking, a friend of mine asked me to go on an overnight backpacking trip. I had the best time of my life on that trip. Now every year I make sure I do at least one overnight trip.

There is something about being in the outdoors on a hike, it refreshes you, takes you away from all the stress of the city. Personally I love hikes that can get a glimpse into the past, an old logging site, or railway. Something about wondering what it must have been like way back then. I try and find hikes I haven’t done before that might have some history to them.

Besides all the hiking, my wife and I love to explore around our great province, we are always doing something, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, or taking our dog out for walks. When we are not in the city we also like to explore around at our Cabin in the Cariboo, where we expand our outdoor life onto the water, with fishing, water skiing, canoeing, and kayaking.

I love sharing my experiences with others, especially when I can get them to come along and enjoy it with me.

I’m Greta, a pickle-eating, travel-loving, Spanish-speaking, outdoor-exploring foodie, photographer and mother. I grew up outside- raising sheep, catching frogs, swatting mosquitos, and picking berries. I have spent my entire life exploring the great outdoors – from the Mediterranean coast of Spain to the driest region in world in Chile to the Yukon in Canada.

In 2016 I made it my goal to visit every Minnesota state park (67) where we paddle boarded, hiked, snow shoed, grilled, fished and even golfed, among other things. In 2017 I plan to do more of the same in Spain, Scotland and exploring the shores of Lake Superior.

When not traveling, my family and I are the 4th and 5th generation living out on my family “farm” where we enjoy lots of prairie, valleys, creeks and wilderness for exploration. During the spring, summer and fall we forage for morels, ramps, nettles, berries and anything else edible.

When fall hunting season begins, we start stocking our fridge with deer and pheasant. I love to eat and cook with local ingredients, and there is nothing more local than a meal you’ve hunted and foraged off your own land.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, I have lived all my life with the ocean as a constant companion. Outdoors was my playground growing up, and while I strayed away for a few decades, I grew back into outdoor activities several years ago when I fell in love with sea kayaking and trail biking. While I was always a fan, hiking became my serious pursuit and passion in 2016. By the end of last season I built up the courage to hike solo, and I now prefer the solitude and freedom if offers. I’m addicted to that feeling of accomplishment of getting off a long trail, knowing I was strong and skilled enough to make it.

Nova Scotia offers an almost unlimited range of outdoor options in varied landscapes, from the hilly Highlands of Cape Breton to craggy, coastal Atlantic trails, and I’m devoted to continuing to explore them all.

Over the last year, I’ve increased my knowledge and expertise in the outdoors, and am broadening my love of day hikes into camping and backpacking. Through social media and online communities I work to promote outdoor safety and awareness, and to share my love of nature and Nova Scotia trails through my blog posts and photos.

When I’m not hiking I am busy with power tools and home renovation, and begging my only son Ian to start hiking. I have a job in the criminal justice system that I find very rewarding, even though it cramps my style on sunny weekdays when I would always rather be outdoors.

Eddie Graberitz

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Whitehall, Pennsylvania Royse City, TX
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My name is Eddie Graberitz. I’m a husband, a father, a hiker, a kayaker, and an avid outdoorsman. As a kid I grew up in Pennsylvania coming home from school dropping off my backpack and going out back into the woods to play until it got too dark to see. I spent my days building forts in the woods, laying by the creek, fishing, building fires and camping out. Behind the house was a and abandoned railroad. There was a lot to explore, from all of the buildings to the quarries and all through the woods. This area became my playgrounds of sorts and still to this day I will take trips back there and remember all the amazing fun to be had in those woods.

Once I could drive I learned about the Appalachian trail and new adventures began. I learned of a whole new culture of people; backpackers. People who carried with them everything they needed to hike multiple days at a time. This idea fascinated me and I dove in head first learning as much as I could about gear, hike planning, water sources, and best times to get out on the trail. 10 years later I’m still mesmerized by it. I find now a days I get a lot of enjoyment taking my wife and kids out on the trail and teaching them the things I have picked up over the years. It’s truely a blessing to watch them load up their gear and head out with me on adventures.

Spring and fall are my two favorite seasons for backpacking. In summertime, we can be found by any body of water swimming or kayaking. Most weekends we jump from lake to lake enjoying different scenery. Kayaking and tubing really has become a great activity for the whole family. It’s the best way I have found to beat the summertime heat while still having a good time!

My name is Chris Giblin. I currently live in Royse City, TX, I am a husband and father of three wonderful daughters.  My love of the outdoors was instilled in me when I was 10 through a camping trip with my Aunt and Uncle and other backpacking trips in the Adirondacks through my youth. 

That love would remain dormant for years as I chased other pursuits but has been rekindled over the last few years. Now instead of weekends on the couch I am either hiking the wonderful State Parks of Texas, wading into the waters of solo backpacking, or taking my friends and family camping.

Bringing people outdoors in community is a major passion for me and I take great joy from seeing my friends, both real and those I have friended in outdoors chat,  enjoy activities they haven’t done in years. 

My biggest goal would be to visit all of the Texas State Parks as this State offers a diverse landscape from the Pines of East Texas to the Mountains of West Texas, and the desert areas of the Big Bend region. 

Whether it be a weekend getaway or just a day hike, I can leave the work week behind and find the peace and restorative balance I need to be a great husband, father, and friend.