Meet the Madre Adventurers

Meet our team of thrill-seeking, wander-lusting, no-trail-left-untrekked explorers. The folks who always take the road less travelled and never regret it! Luckily for us, this band of adventurers is willing to test our gear in some of the most unforgiving environments- and live to tell the tale. If you would like to join the ranks of fearless SMrAdventurers check out how here!

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Erik Barstow

Erik Barstow, Veteran, Small business Owner, Thru Hiking Hammock camping legend!

"Guardian of the Vortex"

Madre Adventurer, hiker, backpacker, Marine Corps Veteran, photographer, survivor

Erik discovered the healing power of hiking the Appalachian Trail after battling a debilitating case of Lyme's Disease, which had left him bedridden and wheelchair-bound. Now, Erik enjoys hiking and photographing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he works at White Mountains Lodge and Hostel- a sanctuary for through-hikers, located right off the Appalachian Trail.

Check out his Epic Adventures!

Chronically Resilient: Overcoming Lyme's Disease on the Appalachian Trail

Fit for the Rugged Trail: The Nubé Stratos Hammock Shelter on the AT

Chad Haynes 

Chad Haynes thru hiker, adventurer, and world traveler!


Madre Adventurer, hiker, backpacker, snowboarder, mountain biker, Jeeper and artist- designer, inventor, photographer and woodworker

Not a stranger to the outdoors, Chad was the first person to through-hike the entire Appalachian Trail using SMr hammock-camping equipment and a mean pair of Reebok ATV 19's. You can find him working in his woodshop or designing a new hiking stick @hikingstick2.0 in his neck of the woods-West Virginia.

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SMr Hammock Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

SMr Hammock Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Part II

Soner Kubat

Enthusiastic Gear Junkie that Loves Sharing the world with people!

Madre Adventurer, Hair Stylist, hiker, backpacker, outdoor enthusiast, traveller and paintballer 

Originally from Turkey, Soner has made Long Island, New York his home. He's been cutting hair since he was 9 and turned this passion into a successful business with his brothers at the Kubat Barber Shop in New York. With his free time, and access to the majestic Northeast, he enjoys everything outdoors from hiking and backpacking to paint-balling. 

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Lycian Way: A Tale of Two Brothers Hammock-Camping in Turkey

Tom Evertsson

World Traveler extraordinaire! A hammock camping Swis that loves exploring!

"Swedish Tom"

Madre Adventurer, Paramedic/Trauma Nurse, hiker, champion mountain-biker, camper, bushcrafter, snowboarder, skier and traveller 

Living in Jönköping, Sweden, Tom has access to the incredible beauty of Europe and has visited more continents than most have dreamed (all but Africa and South America)! Combining his love for anything outdoors with an insatiable desire for adventure, Tom's passport has stamps from Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and Kauai! 

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Swedes on Kauai: An Epic Day Hammocking in Hawaii!

Ariel Miranda

Ariel loves traveling and exploring only slightly more than studying reptiles or preparing to become a medical doctor!


Madre Adventurer, mother, biologist, runner, hiker, backpacker, and trail "doc"

Raised at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, Ariel spent as much time as possible exploring the woods, streams, lakes and mountains. As a student, she would put these skills to use hiking, backpacking and researching amphibians and reptiles in the rainforests of Borneo. 

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Borneo: Rainforest, Ridges and Reptile Research

Don Stephens Jr.

Don Stephens Jr. Sierra Madre Adventurer

"D.B. Cooper"

Madre Adventurer, Firefighter, backpacker, hiker, hockey player, lover of cold weather, coffee and spending quality time with his family!

Don was born and raised in a small town in NE Pennsylvania, surrounded by the Endless Mountains, literally! After a childhood filled with running through the woods, fishing at his grandfather’s lake house, and mountain biking, he began a family with his high school sweetheart in a house he renovated one room at a time. Four years ago, he began his love affair with hammocking. Since then, he has learned to appreciate the physically-challenging, soul searching adventures that backpacking and hiking brings!

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Connor Patterson

Connor Patterson an up and coming photographer that loves adventure!

Madre Adventurer, Photographer, hiker, runner, biker, traveller and blogger

Born in the wilderness of Canada, but raised in the Pacific Northwest, Connor is no stranger to the outdoors. He travels as frequently as possible all over the western United States and Canada, searching for the most amazing shots and adventures! When he’s not out in the wilderness, taking pictures, you could find him working as a surgery tech at a hospital or going to school to become a journalist!

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