"I am the creator of the awesomeness called Boise Gear Collective."
About Tyson Stellrecht
My name is Tyson and I am the creator of the awesomeness called Boise Gear Collective. It’s my baby. I started it with my blood, sweat, tears and the few dollars I was able to scrape together. No partners. No investors. Just me. I work my ass off to make Boise Gear Collective the best Secondhand Outdoor Adventure Gear shop anywhere. Not just in the Treasure Valley.
I grew up in Wisconsin and bailed outta there when I was 18. I wasn’t ready for college so I ended up in Breckenridge, CO where I spent the next five years snowboarding, climbing mountains, and living the good life. I was always broke and occasionally homeless, but very happy. I bagged over 650 days of snowboarding and 24 14ers while I was there. After that, I got a few associate degrees and tried having a career for awhile. That’s what brought me to Boise in July of 2008. After five years of rat race, I needed to vacate that company. I still liked what I did, but changing companies required changing states and that wasn’t acceptable. I had fallen in love with Idaho. So, I did what anybody would do. I bet my life on Boise Gear Collective.
Simply put, I get after it in the outdoors. I’m not a pro level athlete by any stretch of the imagination, but I tackle some serious outdoor objectives. I probably spend 60+ nights in a tent per year doing all sorts of different adventuring stuff. I’ve got over 60k miles of adventure/dual sport motorcycling riding some of the most badass dirt roads across the western US from Baja, Mexico, to WA, to CO and everything inbetween. I’ve been all over Idaho. I’ve canyoneered a bunch of the poster slot canyons in UT and AZ like Heaps, Lower Water Holes, and West Canyon. I snowboard, alpine ski, and telemark ski. I pick my poison depending on what the conditions are doing and where I am sliding that day. I backcountry ski as much as I possibly can and I am fascinated by snow science and the study of avalanches. The other ski days are spent at Bogus Basin supporting our awesome local mountain. I’m well over 1000 days lifetime on the mountain and I’m only in my mid 30s. I get several long multi day backpack trips in every year and a bunch of weekend trips. I climb, but not well. I ride a mountain bike very slowly uphill and probably too fast downhill. Lately, I have become hooked on rafting. When 2016 comes to an end, I’ll have done runs on the Main Owyhee, Lochsa Big Water Blowout, Jarbidge/Bruneau, Grande Ronde, Selway, and Main Salmon. There’s also a bunch of high and low water Grand Jean, Canyon, Staircase, and Main runs on the Payette. I get after it in the outdoors. I have tons of recommendations on places to go and I am happy to share with anyone who asks.
When it comes to gear, I’m a whore. A huge gear whore. I am fascinated by the technology that goes into it and keep up with all the latest advancements. I also have a ton of knowledge about the history and generations gear that have preceded the latest and greatest. I talk gear all day long at the shop and when I get home I am still screwing around on websites like Outdoor Gear Lab reading about gear. Once again, I am happy to share any knowledge I have with anyone who asks. I have an entire room in my house built out to house and organize all my gear. Checklists are dialed and honed and I can be ready for most any trip in an hour or less. Boise Gear Collective is my life. Whether it is running the store or actually pursuing the backcountry, Boise Gear Collective, or the pursuit thereof is my life.