ACCESSIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY, COMMUNITY
Ever heard that saying “work to live, rather than live to work”? Those simple words were the driving force behind the opening of our business back in 2015. After almost 12 years into a career in Architectural & Engineering Consulting, FAR OUT Gear Rentals President Phil Gorman decided it was time to step back from things. Soon after, following the birth of his second daughter and a year away from the professional rat race, Phil and his wife Jenn decided that having their own business and a small community lifestyle would be the best fit for their young family and a great way for their daughters to grow up.
Over a few of visiting the Columbia Valley recreationally, Phil & Family fell in love with the area. The abundant year-round recreational opportunities, pace of life and sense of community were just some of the things that made it feel like a place to call home. So, after a mad scramble to get open for a quickly approaching summer season, on July 1st of 2015 FAR OUT Gear Rentals opened its doors right in the heart of Radium Hot Springs, BC!
The concept of a one-stop full service recreation outfitters came from reflection on what opportunity would benefit people and community. There hasn’t been a person who walked through our door who didn’t say “what a great idea”, and our standard response is “we sure hope so” since no one seems to have tried this idea in this area before.
We aim to provide easy access to outdoor recreation, offer affordable options for all types of people, organize activities and events that foster community to our customers including tourists, recreational owners and residents of the Columbia Valley alike.
Over our first couple years we’ve continued to add gear, add services and other offerings as they make sense to our clientele and community. It all started with grab & go gear rentals for biking, paddling, hiking, camping, golf & games and has since evolved for more rentals, shuttle & delivery service, tech service, sales and more. We appreciate our repeat customers; be they visitors, recreational owners or residents, but enjoy most of all meeting new people from all over the world who’ve come to unwind in the East Kootenays.
See you soon!