About Prepare for the Wild

Prepare for the Wild was founded in the Summer of 2018 with the goal of helping you have the best possible experience in the wild.

No matter if you are skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, having the right gear is essential. We try to help you understand what to look for and we handpick our favorite products based on extensive research and feedback from both experts in the field and after considering what the average customer like and dislike about the products. We try to cover every angle so you get the ultimate guide to finding the right gear for the wild.

When you are in the wild, being prepared is often the thing that’ll make or break your adventure. With our guides, you’ll have the right gear and the right knowledge to make the wild truly awesome.

My Story

I’m Mark and I’m the founder and chief editor of Prepare for the wild and I’m thrilled that you’re here!

I was born in Wyoming near Yellowstone so nature has always been just around the corner. When I was growing up, my family spent as much time as we could out in the wild, camping hiking and exploring nature. On the winters I learned to ski and has been an avid skier ever since.

I love trying new outdoor gear and have a passion for comparing and researching new exciting products.

I know from personal experience and stories from friends that the wrong gear can ruin a day in the wild. I am always on the lookout for the small things that might be overlooked but can make all the difference.

My goal with this website is to help other hikers and skier picking the right gear and share some hidden nuggets I picked up over the years they can enjoy the wild to the fullest.

Our Team

Mark Owens

Mark is the founder and editor in chief of prepare for the wild.
He is responsible for writing most of our guides and makes sure all articles maintain the high quality we strive for. When he’s not on the sites, helping users in the comments or writing the next guide, he spends time with his family. He preferably does it on a nice hike or skiing on the slopes of Jackson Hole.

Alexander Björkenhall

Alexander is the guy that takes care of all the technical and administrative work of the website. He is 23 years old and when he’s not working on website management he enjoys skiing all over Scandinavia. He is a fan of the Dota 2 team Virtus Pro and enjoys energy drinks, working out and snow.