If you’ve been out to Reveille Peak Ranch on a weekend lately, you’ve probably met James Faerber, Sean McNally or Angie Elgin of Outpost Wilderness Adventure (OWA). And if you haven’t, come on out and meet them!
Outpost Wilderness Adventure is primarily an adventure guide service that takes individuals and groups on a variety of trips for rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, and mountain biking.
During the winter and spring, OWA guides will be onsite at Reveille Peak Ranch to check in visitors to mountain bike, trail run, scuba dive or camp and provide information about RPR’s trails and facilities. OWA will also help with trail maintenance and has several mountain bikes available for daily rental.
Meet the OWA guides at RPR:
Originally from Lander, Wyoming James grew up cross country skiing and backpacking with his parents in the Wind River Mountain range. He was considered an Olympic hopeful in mountain biking as a teen and then James discovered mountain climbing. Today, James and his family enjoy the mild winters of the Texas Hill Country that allow year round climbing, mountain biking and kayaking.
James is a certified AMGA Single Pitch and Climbing Wall Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, a Cat 1 (Expert) mountain bike racer and accomplished mountaineer. He is also the climbing coach at a private school in Texas during the winter months. James is a member of Access Fund and American Mountain Guide Association. He assists with bike races that raise scholarship money for Trips for Kids. James enjoys helping others discover their inner strengths. Read James’s RPR Profile here
Sean was born and raised in Austin. He started as a camper at OWA when he was 10 and worked his way up through its advanced camps, expanding his skillset, proficiency, and passion for the outdoors. Now, Sean has made the outdoors both his personal and professional life pursuit. He is finishing his master’s degree in recreation at Texas State University, and spends his free time doggedly exploring his love for the mountains, completing impressive climbing feats each year!
Angie Elgin comes to OWA from Virginia. She got her start in the Appalachian Mountains learning how to climb trees and scramble over rocks at a very young age. She found a passion for all things outdoors including backpacking, adventure racing, rock climbing, skiing, and especially paddling sports. She has spent the last 4 years perfecting her paddling strokes as a raft guide, canoe instructor, and SUP leader for various companies on the East Coast. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and registered EMT. Angie has committed herself to an outdoor lifestyle and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in recreation management at Texas State University. Along with guiding for OWA, she works for Texas State as the outdoor program graduate assistant.
James Faerber is the owner/executive director of Outpost Wilderness Adventure, an adventure guide service onsite every weekend (until summer) at Reveille Peak Ranch to help visitors check in, give trail guidance, rent bikes and help with trail maintenance.
Originally from Lander, Wyoming, James grew up cross-country skiing and backpacking with his parents in the Wind River Mountain range. He was considered an Olympic hopeful in mountain biking as a teen, and then he discovered mountain climbing. He has been climbing since he was 14, and his curiosity and passion for the sport have taken him across North America.
James and his family enjoy the mild winters of the Texas Hill Country that allow year round climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. James is a certified AMGA Single Pitch and Climbing Wall Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, a Cat 1 (Expert) mountain bike racer and accomplished mountaineer. He is also the climbing coach at a private school in Texas during the winter months. James is a member of Access Fund and American Mountain Guide Association. He assists with bike races that raise scholarship money for Trips for Kids. James enjoys helping others discover their inner strengths, and had the privilege of providing a weekend of adaptive climbing for soldiers from The Center for the Intrepid who sustained injuries serving our country.
Name: James Faerber
Home: Lander, Wyoming
Occupation: Adventure Guide
Started mountain biking/running: 1992
What I like best about Reveille Peak Ranch: The diversity of trails and the views!
Favorite equipment: First Ascent Bat hang hoodie
One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: Do a century on a mountain bike in less than 12 hours!
It was a banner year for Reveille Peak Ranch, one in which people took advantage of all that RPR has to offer, including mountain bike/running trails, SCUBA diving, camping, training, group programs and events.
We had so many highlights in 2013 that we couldn’t limit it to 10. Here are our top picks!
Whether you’ve been out to RPR for an event or some solitude on the trails, we hope you’ll come back soon, bring your friends, and have an adventure-filled 2014!
Home: For longer than I would have ever imagined, I’ve called Irving, TX my home, but I was born and raised in El Paso, TX.
Occupation: For nearly the past seven years I have been a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness with my husband Carlos. We are both certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specializations in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, as well as Fitness Nutrition.
Started mountain biking: Carlos and I bought our first set of mountain bikes in the summer of 2009….I was TERRIBLE!!! He was SO patient with me! In fact, I really have no idea how he could still be married to me after going through such a tough learning process! There were lots of bumps and bruised involved. It’s crazy for me to think those days were all so recent. Since the beginning of 2012 I’ve had a UCI Pro Mountain Bike License and strive to work my way up the competitive ladder on a National Level. Cycling has changed our lives completely and this journey has been amazing!
What I like best about Reveille Peak Ranch: So much to say here! The trails at RPR are like no other that we’ve experienced here in Texas. The variation is awesome with so many technical features to work on skills, a flow track for speed, a pump track for free speed, along with the miles and miles of flowy singletrack with breathtaking views! The attention to detail throughout the entire ranch really makes this place so unique. It’s definitely camping with style!
Favorite equipment: I have two favorites…the first is most definitely my SRAM XX1 drivetrain! This is simplicity at its finest with so many of what I call “happy gears!” Never say never, but I don’t see myself ever going back to a two ring setup. The second is my SportCrafters OverDrive Pro Rollers. During the really hot Texas summers, and the recent icy winter days, I do the bulk of my training inside. Where I live there is a lot of traffic and the roads are not very safe. My OverDrive Pro Rollers keep me on point with stabilization on the bike and are perfect to train hard with the progressive resistance in the rear drum. There’s really no way to be lazy on these things, so they constantly keep me in check and help me to stay focused when training indoors.
One thing I’d like to challenge myself to do: There is one thing that I constantly challenge myself to do, and that is to stay true to myself, and true to God. In the world we live in, this at times can be a very difficult task. I believe if I can stay faithful to this challenge it will give me the opportunity to inspire others to do the same, in hopes of more people living an active and healthy lifestyle.
by Kathy Hudson, Terra Firma Racing
In only its 3rd year, The Reveille Peak 100k will go down in the record books as truly EPIC! This year’s race was scheduled for November in order to miss the grueling heat experienced on the granite rock slabs from past Septembers (2 years ago the temperature was 107 degrees). We can now say that Terra Firma has had their hottest and coldest races at Reveille Peak Ranch. With winter storm advisories in effect, temperatures in the mid 30s, and wind gusts to 22, the racers had their work cut out for them. It was not only survival of the fittest, but also of the most cold-tolerant. In these conditions, a few of the racers found out that falling in the creek was NOT an option. The race had over 6,000 feet of climbing for the day, just over 1,500 per 25K loop. With only 70 riders showing up in these kind of conditions, Terra Firma kicked in some extra to make the cash payout the biggest in the 3-year history of the race ~ $800 for men and $400 for women. 32% of the field did not complete the full 100k (32%), while 48 riders proved they had the GRIT to go the distance. 14 solo riders (40%) out of 35 were able to complete the course in under 8-hours and received the Reveille Peak 100 embroidered hat.
Name: Ally Davidson
Home: Austin, Texas
Occupation: President & Co-Founder of Camp Gladiator, an adult, outdoor, fitness boot camp recently recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the nation.