As a climbing gear historian one of my biggest dreams was to be inside the Chouinard tin shed in Ventura CA. In Gods miraculous ways one thing suddenly lead to another and next thing you know I am the honored guest standing in the building of where the “Big Bang” of American climbing gear all began. Yes Ventura California at the original Chouinard Equipment tin shed, Great Pacific Iron Works, Patagonia Clothing company.
Terri Laine and Val Franco with the Patagonia Archives put together a incredible three day dream trip for me. On top of being wined and dined, I got the complete tour of every building on the Patagonia clothing property. My first impression of the many people I met during the tour is that everybody was genuinely happy and it was very noticeable! I want to someday work at the Patagonia Clothing Company so I can walk around smiling all of the time! Terri showed me all of the amazing displays she has put together for Patagonia over the years. She is quite talented! It really made me psyched to create more displays for my museum. Between the Patagonia Corporate tour and the tour of the Patagonia Archives and the dozens of hands I shook and the constant history all around me, I was totally spinning by the end of the night! And that was just the first six hours of my three days with them!