Our Staff
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our team

Mac

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Mac has been a regular at The Pines since before he finished school. Mac was among the first ever ACIA-qualified multipitch guides and worked at The Mill climbing gym in its heyday. A qualified geologist, Mac has spent most of his life around rocks in one form or another. His other passions are paddling, bouldering and birdwatching.

 

 

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andy

Andy comes to The Wilderness Shop with years of ski experience. Skiing, and ski gear, is his real passion and forte. During the winter months, you’ll find him up in the snow weekends - at Hotham, Buller, Stirling... or even on Lake Mountain’s black runs. Before he came to The Wilderness Shop, Andy managed another outdoor retail store and as such, has fantastic product knowledge. He’s a jolly fellow - say hi when you see him in store!

 

 

Glenn

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Glenn was part of the New Wave of climbers who, back in the early 80’s, swapped comfortable spring mattresses (or friend’s couches), for a life ‘living in the dirt’ at Arapiles. Dangling from ropes for hours on end, Glenn’s photographs defined the birth of modern climbing in Australia. Apart from his skill behind the camera, and encyclopaedic knowlege of climbing equipment, Glenn is one the the wittiest people you are ever likely to meet.

 

 

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Bernadette grew up in Gippsland. As a child, Wilsons Prom  was (and still is) a favourite place to visit. Her favourite walk there is along the beaches through beautiful woodlands, ferny gullies and other array of fauna and flora to the lighthouse. However, the mountains usually win over coastal walks. Inspired by Arlene Blum’s first female Annupurna ascent, Bernadette spent 28 days trekking over Throng La pass at 5486m around the Annupurna circuit. Bernadette is also a self-confessed foodie, so, of course, what's on the menu is the most important part of planning a trip.

 

 

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tamika

For as long as she can remember, Tamika has always had a passion for nature and the outdoors. Having recently completed Year 12, she is excited thinking of the trips she’ll go on in the coming years. Since she was nine years old, Tamika has been involved in Scouting, which allowed her to foster a love for camping and hiking. Her favourite place to explore is Mt Bogong and the surrounding high plains. Since hiking there for the first time when she was 15, the area has been close to her heart, and she enjoys returning there with family and friends.

 

 

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The Wilderness Shop stocks Melbourne’s best range of cross-country skis, boots, binding and poles. Whether you are looking for a pair of daytrip trail skis, skis for week-long ski-touring, or skis for off-piste and resort telemarking, our friendly and experienced staff can find the right setup for your needs. The Wilderness Shop also stocks a wide range of MSR snowshoes, as well as a full range of ski accessories such as waxes, skins, ski goggles and ski glasses.

The Wilderness Shop has been servicing the needs of bushwalkers, hikers,  rock climbers and cross-country skiers in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne for over 30 years. The Wilderness Shop has a wide range of hiking gear and climbing equipment including hiking boots, tents (one man and two man), climbing equipment, sleeping bags and LED headlamps. We also specialise in outdoor footwear: hiking shoes mens and womens, leather and Gore-Tex® hiking boots. We stock quality canvas hiking packs, bushwalking rucksacks, lightweight trekking packs and quality daypacks. The Wilderness Shop have the best sleeping mats, such as Exped DownMats and self-inflating mats, and hiking sleeping bags, as well as ultralight sleeping bags. Not to mention our range of walking maps for Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. The Wilderness Shop is Melbourne's best rock climbing store, stocking a wide range of rock climbing harnesses, shoes and other rock climbing gear.