Meet Our Staff: Brant Bowers

Posted on: December 7, 2016

What I do: Camping manager

At Bill Jackson’s: 12 years.

Personal: Born Vienna, Va.; married, one daughter.

I like to: backpack, paddle canoes and kayaks, geocaching with family, being outside in a natural setting. I also like contra dancing (New England line dancing).

What I’ve done: Worked in outdoor education, teen development (ropes courses), environmental education (living history).

Favorite day hike: Cathedral Trail to Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin.

Favorite local park: Going with family to Lake Louisa State Park (south of Clermont).

On my bucket list: Take time off to do a thru-hike.

Top advice: Know your own level of comfort. Hike your own hike.

Scary moment: Sudden lightning storm during my wife’s first backpacking trip.

Last adventure: Taking my daughter on her first backpacking trip.

Next adventure: A section hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Five favorite pieces of gear: Giga Power Stove, MSR Mugmate for coffee (surefire way to be a hit at the shelter), X Ultra GTX mid hiking boots, ExOfficio Sol Cool long-sleeve shirt, Leki trekking poles.

Owned and operated by the Jackson family since 1946.
9501 US Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Store Hours Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m. / Sat 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / 727-576-4169