Evan Hill | Founder, Design, etc.

Evan Hill

Evan grew up in the west, including tenures in Colorado, Alaska, Washington, New Mexico, and West Texas. Always on the edge of town, always outdoors. He started sewing using his mom's machine when he was 12. Early on, he sewed a pack that included a side panel design that came out on a Lowe pack the following year. Since the Lowe brothers were heroes of his, Evan was gratifed. His early outdoor resume is rounded out with numerous outdoor adventures both inside and outside of the Boy Scouts, culminating in the rank of Eagle Scout.

Evan went on to major in Anthropology while serving as a forest fire fighter on the Wyoming Hotshots in the summer. After college, he spent over a decade involved in web and software design and architecture in the dot.coms of Seattle. After a welcome return to the land in the form of moving his family to central Oregon, Evan turned the design and engineering skills he had honed in the dot.coms back to a problem area much nearer and dearer to his heart.

Alaska

  • Yukon Flats NWR
  • Denali NP
  • Alaska Range
  • Brooks Range
  • Talkeetna Mountains
  • Steese National Conservation Area
  • White Mountains National Recreation Area

Washington

  • Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Glacier Peak Wilderness
  • Pasayten Wilderness
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • William O. Douglas Wilderness
  • Goat Rocks Wilderness
  • Kettle River Range
  • Salmo-Priest Wilderness
  • Goodnoe Hills
  • Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

Oregon

  • Mount Jefferson Wilderness
  • Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Oregon Badlands Wilderness
  • Waldo Lake Wilderness
  • Washburne SP
  • Mill Creek Wilderness
  • Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
  • North Fork John Day Wilderness
  • Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Steens Mountain Wilderness
  • Newbury Crater National Monument
  • Oregon Islands Wilderness
  • Deschutes Wild and Scenic River
  • Owyhee Wild and Scenic River

Idaho

  • Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness
  • Selkirk Mountains

Montana

  • Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness
  • Tobacco Valley

Wyoming

  • Yellowstone NP
  • Teton Wilderness
  • Washakie Wilderness
  • North Absaroka Wilderness
  • Cloud Peak Wilderness
  • Bighorn Mountains
  • Snowy Range
  • Wind River Range

Colorado

  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Flat Tops Wilderness
  • Mount Evans Wilderness
  • Lost Creek Wilderness
  • Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
  • Sangre De Cristo Wilderness
  • Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness
  • Cochetopa Hills
  • Grand Mesa
  • West Elk Wilderness
  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Roubideau Canyon WSA
  • Sewemup Mesa WSA
  • Little Book Cliffs WSA
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
  • Arkansas River
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Mount Sherman
  • Pikes Peak Barr Trail Route
  • Humboldt Peak
  • Handies Peak

Utah

  • Lakeside Mountains
  • Mount Timpanogos
  • La Sal Mountains
  • Arches NP
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Manti Mountains
  • Abajo Mountains
  • Bears Ears
  • San Rafael Swell

California

  • Greenhorn Mountains
  • Santa Monica National Recreation Area

Arizona

  • Black Mountains
  • Carrizo Mountains

New Mexico

  • Chaco Canyon NP
  • Bandelier Wilderness
  • Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Capitan Mountains Wilderness
  • Apache Kid Wilderness
  • Gila Wilderness
  • Sacramento Mountains
  • Carlsbad Caverns NP

Texas

  • Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness
  • Palo Duro Canyon SP
  • Davis Mountains
  • Big Bend NP
  • Rio Grande - Boquillas Canyon
  • Lost Maples SP
  • Enchanted Rock SP
  • Padre Island National Sea Shore
Scot Hill | Founder, Operations, Etc.

Scot Hill, Operations and Finance

Scot grew up alongside Evan across the American west, and also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He parlayed his Boy Scout experience into 5 seasons with the Forest Service as a trail crew member and wilderness ranger. Scot worked in the San Juans of southern Colorado and the Gila of southern New Mexico performing a wide gammut of duties including horseback patrol, horse packing, trail construction and maintenance, fire fighting, sawyer / feller, and gear buying.

On the San Juan, Scot was very involved in Leave No Trace instruction and wilderness preservation. He gained some notoriety with his hard line stance about not using helicopters to evacuate people from wilderness areas who didn't have life threatening injuries. Above all, Scot spent months on end traveling and living in the back country during his tenure with the Forest Service.

Today, Scot is an environmental consultant and master of the "why can't you design a piece of gear that does such and such" question.

Alaska

  • Denali NP
  • Alaska Range
  • Brooks Range
  • Talkeetna Mountains
  • Steese National Conservation Area
  • White Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Chugach State Park

Washington

  • Buckhorn Wilderness
  • Henry M Jackson Wilderness
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • William O. Douglas Wilderness
  • Salmo-Priest Wilderness
  • Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

Oregon

  • Mark O Hatfield Wilderness
  • Mount Jefferson Wilderness
  • Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Oregon Badlands Wilderness
  • Waldo Lake Wilderness
  • Newbury Crater National Monument
  • Oregon Islands Wilderness
  • Mill Creek Wilderness
  • Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
  • North Fork John Day Wilderness
  • Eagle Cap Wilderness
  • Steens Mountain Wilderness
  • Owyhee Wild and Scenic River
  • Deschutes Wild and Scenic River

Florida

  • Everglades National Park
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge

Hawaii

  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Hale Ma'mua'a Crater
  • Napali Coast National Park

Montana

  • Bob Marshall Wilderness
  • Tobacco Valley

Wyoming

  • Yellowstone NP
  • Washakie Wilderness
  • Snowy Range
  • Bighorn Mountains

Colorado

  • Flat Tops Wilderness
  • Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
  • Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness
  • Grand Mesa
  • West Elk Wilderness
  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Little Book Cliffs WSA
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • South San Juan Wilderness
  • Weminuche Wilderness
  • Great Sand Dunes Wilderness

Utah

  • Mount Timpanogos Wilderness
  • La Sal Mountains
  • Manti Mountains
  • Abajo Mountains
  • Bears Ears
  • San Rafael Reef
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Capital Reef Natural Park
  • Arches National Park

Arizona

  • Gila Box National Riparian Area
  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument

New Mexico

  • Aldo Leupold Wilderness
  • Gila Wilderness
  • Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Capitan Mountains Wilderness
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings NP
  • Carlsbad Caverns NP

Texas

  • Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness
  • Palo Duro Canyon SP
  • Davis Mountains
  • Big Bend NP
  • Rio Grande - Boquillas Canyon
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lost Maples SP
  • Enchanted Rock SP
  • Padre Island National Sea Shore
Kevin McDowell | Operations Manager

Kevin McDowell

Kevin was raised in the Mojave Desert of Arizona and joined the Marines shortly after high school. During his time in the Marines, Kevin's duties included deployment to Iraq as a Combat Advisor conducting patrols and raids with the Iraqi Police, loading bombs on FA/18 aircraft on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, and Forward Observer in the Marine Corps Reserves.

After getting out of active duty, Kevin worked as a Range Safety Officer at a shooting range while attending school for forestry. After his studies, Kevin worked for the US Forest Service doing fuels mitigation, timber sale operations, and wildland firefighting -- including a season as a crew member on the San Juan Hotshots.

Arizona
  • Havasu Wilderness
  • Granite Mountain Wilderness
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Havasupai
California
  • Dead Mountains Wilderness
  • Kelso Dunes Wilderness
  • Mojave Wilderness
  • San Gabriel Wilderness
  • San Jacinto Wilderness
  • Sheep Mountain Wilderness
  • Sheephole Valley Wilderness
  • Yosemite Wilderness
  • Joshua Tree Wilderness
  • Lassen National Park
  • Sespe Wilderness
  • Redwood National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
Oregon
  • Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
  • Opal Creek Wilderness
Minnesota
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Nevada
  • Mt. Charelston Wilderness
  • Spirit Mountain Wilderness
  • Bridge Canyon Wilderness
Utah
  • Dark Canyon Wilderness
  • Paria Canyon Wilderness
  • Zion NP
  • Arches NP
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Capitol Reef NP
  • Bryce Canyon NP
Colorado
  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Lizard Head Wilderness
  • South San Juan Wilderness
  • Weminuche Wilderness
  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
  • Mesa Verde NP
Nick Boyle | Product Specialist

Nick Boyle

Nick is a Wisconsin native. Listening to his father's stories of backpacking across the Grand Canyon sparked his passion for the outdoors. He began his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Law Enforcement Ranger and currently works as a police officer in the Milwaukee area. Nick serves as a Patrol Officer and Firearms Instructor. He has training in a wide variety of law enforcement topics to include SWAT, active shooter response and marine law enforcement. In addition to his day job as a patrol officer, he teaches both shooting and wilderness skills for In Extremis Consulting. Nick is a WWII OSS and SOE history buff and active HAM radio operator. His keen eye for product function, solid grounding in backcountry skills, and monumental level of patience led us to recruit him for his part time role with us as a Product Specialist.

Brooke Edwards  During her tenure with Hill People Gear, Brooke saw her responsibilities and time commitment grow to the point that her family was often getting the short end of the stick. Finally it got to be too much and she decided to fully clear the way for someone fresh to take over her responsibilities and help grow the company. Brooke is doing well and still very much a friend of HPG. You can follow her photography on https://www.facebook.com/BEdwardsphotography.