| 19th July 2019
The Escape Route was founded in 1990 by Tom Duguid and Jayson Faulkner who shared a love of outdoor sports and established their original store in Whistler. where it is still located today. Over the years the company has grown and now with James Retty at the wheel, you can find Escape Route in three locations throughout the Sea to Sky, two in Whistler, BC and one in Squamish, BC. We catch up to hear more about their stores…
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Q & A WITH the escape route
COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE LOCATION OF THE STORE?
Escape Route Whistler is located in Whistler’s Marketplace and with our Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre, conveniently located just behind the pedestrianized Village Stroll, customers can drive right up to the door and load their inflatable SUP straight into their vehicles.
Do you have a particular speciality as a store?
The activities vary hugely depending on the season with a distinct summer and winter focus. In the summer the team specialise in stand-up paddle boarding, trail running, hiking and camping. In the winter, the focus leans more towards the backcountry with skiing, splitboarding and snowshoeing leading the way. If you fancy taking on the elements, we also specialise and offer some great winter camping gear!
do you offer rentals or somewhere you can try the boards?
You can rent Red Paddle Co Boards at both the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre and the Squamish store. The team are experts on every aspect of the Red Paddle Co range and we’ll help you find the right board for your paddling needs. Each of our locations can be easily accessed with a vehicle and with an abundance of beautiful lakes situated very close to both stores, go hit the water and give paddle boarding a try!
“We want adventures to be memorable for all the right reasons which is why we have expert staff on hand to help choose the right gear, and regular events to educate the community and help people play safe in the wilderness.”
Tell us more about your teams at The Escape Route?
The teams come from all over the world, united by a love for the outdoors they are clearly passionate about what they do. Between them you’ll find experts on skiing, snowboarding, SUP racing, ultrarunning, rock climbing, mountain biking, nature photography, action sports photography and skydiving- they are a passionate bunch!
Is there a store philosophy, What do you believe in?
The philosophy of every store is to equip people with the gear and knowledge to experience what nature has to offer, as Shaun Leahy, Manager of the Squamish store puts it;
“We want adventures to be memorable for all the right reasons which is why we have expert staff on hand to help choose the right gear, and regular events to educate the community and help people to play safe in the wilderness.