Ben Young Bio


Benjamin Young - Sales Associate

Ben Young was raised in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts, and grew up loving to play in the outdoors. After he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Journalism, he sought to combine his love for the outdoors with his love for good stories. Before coming to SNEWS, Young worked for six years in the outdoor retail industry, first at Eastern Mountain Sports in Massachusetts and then at Alpine Shop in Columbia, Missouri.

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In his free time, Young plays guitar and ukulele, hikes, runs, and tries to fill his day with time spent outside. Young has recently relocated to Boulder and is excited to begin exploring the Rockies and all the outdoor beauty that Colorado has to provide.

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David Clucas Bio

David Clucas - Deputy Editor Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. and later Cincinnati, Ohio, Clucas is a graduate of DePauw University. He began his career in journalism early, printing his first in-house family newspaper at 6 years old, and working for both his high school and more

Mike Mooers Bio

A long time outdoor industry vet, Mike’s worked on the retail floor and in the corporate trenches. He joined the SNEWS® team in 2007. As founder and past president of OllyDog, , Mike built one of the most highly regarded brands in the world of dog gear. Prior to more

Backcountry Experience sold to Ben Rockis

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Michael Hodgson Bio

Recognized nationally for his poignant writing style, humor and knowledge of outdoor equipment, award-winning journalist and author Michael Hodgson is constantly "seeking out the wilder side of a mountain..." in search of a good story or a ridiculously tough place to test gear. more

Elizabeth Averbeck

Elizabeth Averbeck Bio

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Rivera wears his TREAD, the popular wearable multitool that he designed, every day.

The C-Spot | Leatherman's Ben Rivera

Like Coke is to soda and Kleenex is to tissue, “Leatherman” has virtually become synonymous with “multitool.” The Portland, Oregon-based company makes just over $100 million a year selling its suite of tools, and part of its success might be that the president is still deeply more

Jim Moss Bio

Jim Moss is a risk management consultant and attorney whose clients range from manufactures and importers to independent representatives and retailers as well as outfitters and federal concessionaires. He currently represents a variety of outdoor industry organizations and more