Our Team

Dave: Manager, Web Sales and Customer Service

Dave's interest in the outdoors was sparked by his dad, who took the family camping, bushwalking, rockclimbing and skiing throughout childhood. His first overnight bushwalk was down to Sealers Cove at the Prom.

Dave completed an engineering degree, but has given that away for the time being to become the Bogong webstore aficionado.

Bushwalking and cycle touring are Dave's key areas of interest. He cites his most memorable trip as Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi (Vietnam) by bike, after which he ditched the bike continued overland to Latvia, by train, bus and foot.

Courtney: Assistant Manager

Courtney was born and raised in the country town of Mildura, in Victoria's arid north-west. After finishing school, Courtney travelled to Canada, where she lived for two years in the heart of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. There, she worked at an outdoor gear store and as a ski technician, and developed a taste for hiking. After returning to Australia, Courtney moved home for a few months before doing a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation starting in mid-2016. Nowadays, she works at Bogong Equipment and enjoys hiking and climbing. In June 2019, Courtney travelled to Iceland and climbed Eyjafjallajökull, an active volcano. Waking at 4am, she and former Bogong staff member Thorstein summited at 10.45am and celebrated with Barbecue Shapes at the top.

HP: Height Safety Manager

Hans-Peter (aka 'HP') grew up in a scouting family, north of the border in NSW. At school, he earned a gold-level Duke of Edinburgh Award. After leaving school, HP did a traineeship in outdoor recreation, where he learned to climb. Over the next six years he worked and furthered his studies in the outdoor industry; working as a group leader, climbing instructor and a trainer and assessor.

At some point, he met and married his equal. Together, they took off on a two-year honeymoon in Europe, where HP learned how to climb mountains (in the European Alps!) and kick ice. It was during winters in London that he fell into retail, working for a leading outdoor retailer in the UK.

In 2011, HP joined Bogong. Five years later, he took a brief hiatus to work as a rope access technician, gaining practical experience in the rope access industry before returning to our hallowed halls. He is back in-store as part of the management team, personally overseeing the expansion of the industrial rope access side of the business too.

Sal: Customer Service and Admin

Sal was born in Singapore but grew up in Western Australia. He completed a degree in biotechnology after which he found work in a lab for a while before deciding to run his own photography business. He then worked for Paddy Pallin in Perth, eventually becoming a manager.

Sal is a self-confessed gear junky. His primary interest is in climbing and has climbed in New Zealand, Thailand and of course the Grampians and Arapiles. Sal's other outdoor interests include scuba diving and mountain biking. Some of his escapades include riding Mammoth Mountain, walking the Huayhuash with British Mountaineer Simon Yates, completing his Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) in NZ and learning how to skydive.

Francisca: Customer Service and Admin

Originally from Chile, Francisca (Fran) loves nature and the outdoors. She began skiing when she was three years old, and worked for 10 years as an alpine ski instructor in Chile and the US, and became a telemark skiing addict.

Fran then decided to work as a trekking guide in Chilean Patagonia. Her guiding experience in Patagonia helped her decide to pursue a Masters Degree in Biodiversity Conservation, which changed her life forever.

Today Fran is devoted to biodiversity conservation and the outdoors. She came to Australia first to complete a Master of Environment and has remained living in Melbourne since then. She loves the Victorian weather and biogeography. She says it is quite similar to the South of Chile, where she has always dreamt of living.

Fran loves rock climbing, camping, trekking and birdwatching around Australia’s national parks. She loves working at Bogong as she is able to share her passion for meaningful tourism every day. If you need a hot tip on travelling around South America, and Patagonia in particular, Fran is always willing to help.

Anna: Customer Service

Anna has always loved the outdoors, having grown up on a property outside of Melbourne, riding horses and building tree houses. She still rides competitively and takes on the odd challenge like the Oxfam Trailwalker and the Gran Fondo.

Anna's outdoor achievements have been rather serendipitous. Having stumbled into mountaineering on a solo trip across Ladakh in 2009, she swore that her foray up to 6000 metres would never be repeated. Fortunately for us, she has conveniently forgotten that resolution on countless occasions and has now climbed many peaks in Nepal, New Zealand, Europe and Alaska.

Anna joined Bogong 2014; she loves helping people get the best gear to realise their intrepid travel plans.

Anja: Customer Service

Anja was born in Norway and caught the travel bug at a young age. Her father was in the Norwegian merchant fleet, taking her to South America, South Korea, Germany and many other countries. Upon finishing school, she travelled to the high Arctic and Svalbard Archipelago where she spent a winter working, skiing, sled-dog minding, as well as exploring by boat, kayak and snowmobile.

She has now moved to Australia to work and travel and has become fascinated with australian bush, desert and indigenous culture. Her continued hobbies are rockclimbing, hiking, cycling and camping. And, she has now completed a degree in natural systems management and is currently undertaking research honours in palaeoecology.

Peter: Customer Service

Hailing from Melbourne, Pete's defining outdoor experience was as a 15-year-old, setting off with a school friend on a multi-day hiking trip over and around Mt Bogong, Victoria. This trip taught Pete a lot about self-reliance and sparked his passion for solo multi-day hiking in remote wilderness. At school, Pete studied art and design, completing a Bachelor of Design and then worked as a graphic designer. Currently, Pete is a contemporary art photographer, in addition to working at Bogong Equipment. In outdoor retail, Pete has over 18 years experience.

He has been venturing out into the wilderness for over 35 years. He's hiked and rock climbed in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Scotland; trekked in the Everest/Gokyo Lakes and Annapurna regions of Nepal; skied in Australia, Japan and the United States; done a mountaineering/ice climbing course…. As you can see, Pete is a well-rounded individual. He enjoys passing his knowledge and experience on to our customers.

Sam: Customer Service

Sam was born in rural Far North Queensland, in a town called Atherton. Growing up, Sam was a competitive swimmer: competing at local events, state and even national championships. These days, Sam is predominantly a trail runner and has run a good number of hills in Tassie (nearly all '60 great short walks')! Recently he's become curious about the world of fastpacking, and also is keen to tick off some trail events now that he's back running after injury. When Sam isn't on the trails, you'll often find him sitting with a book somewhere – he's really into philosophy. Sam has also been pretty seriously involved in the Melbourne avant-garde music scene for many years. Sam is working on a PhD at Monash University that engages with philosophy of music.

Will: Customer Service

Will was born in England, in a town called Ipswich. He moved over to Australia when he was 9, to the Mornington Peninsula where his family has lived since. Like most of the staff here at Bogong, Will enjoys walking in beautiful places. However, he is mostly a climber: he boulders, as well as climbs sport and trad. He's climbed in the Blue Mountains, various spots in NSW (on a road trip), and of course the Grampians and Arapiles. He cites Red Parrot Chasm (an Araps classic) as one of his most hilarious experiences climbing. Will loves talking about climbing gear, so working at Bogong sure scratches an itch for him. Will is also a bit of a music geek. Before working at Bogong, for three years Will was a barista. It's where he developed his caffeine addiction.

Tom: Customer Service

Tom started his life in regional Victoria where his parents quickly introduced him to skiing and the High Country. Early adventures in mountains and camping in valleys sparked his passion for the outdoors.

Since then, Tom has dabbled in rock climbing and kayaking, competed in several trail running events and completed a solo trail marathon, hiked around the Buller-Howitt region, Bogong High Plains, Main Range, Wilsons Prom and parts of British Columbia (Canada). During winter he has delved into Telemark and AT skiing, making backcountry trips to Mt Bogong, the Main Range and Mt Stirling, in addition to spending a season at Whistler and two at Mt Buller.

When he isn’t outside, Tom is studying environmental science and international studies at Monash University.

Shannon: Customer Service

Shannon, originally from Canada, moved to Melbourne in 2007. She's had various careers before finally deciding to follow her passion for the outdoors and complete her Diploma in Outdoor Leadership.
Shannon has had a love of the outdoors since a young age but she didn't get into long multi-day hikes until moving to Australia. Places she has hiked in include Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Gammon Ranges, The Alpine National Park, Wilsons Prom and The Overland Track. She's also spent 30 days walking in all Tasmania’s favourite hiking spots with her 5yr old daughter.

Shannon started her foray into trail running by signing up for a NYE 50km race thinking it was a hike! She ended up finishing as first place female and the addiction was born. Shannon has since completed 19 ultras including the 2020 Tarawera NZ 102km. She's very excited to share what she's learned to help you prepare for your next trail race!

Lockie: Customer Service

Lockie grew up in outer eastern Melbourne and was introduced to a love of the outdoors on yearly trips to Wilsons Prom and throughout the Yarra Ranges. Since then, Lockie has hiked thousands of kilometres on trails throughout Australia while working within the adventure retail industry sharing his passion for gear and nature.

In their entirety Lockie has walked the Bibbulmun Track, Alpine Walking Track, Heysen Trail, Larapinta Track, Great Ocean Walk, Great South West Walk and much more. If you are planning on hiking one of Australia's longest distance trails, Lockie is happy to share his experience and give you some great advice!

Jon: Customer Service

Jon is often referred to being a gentle giant , he is a seriously big fellow.  He found a passion for the outdoors at an early age, white water kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing as a teenager.  He also accompanied his father on climate research field trips into the high country throughout Australia.

Later he found a passion for backcountry snowboarding. In 2007 he headed off to New Zealand spending a few weeks back-country snowboarding in the majestic New Zealand alps.

Jon is a passionate hiker. He has hiked include the Cathedral Ranges, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Gammon Ranges, Alpine national Park, and Wilsons Prom and more. Over the years Jon has worked as a surf coach, and snorkelling instructor.  He has also spent time working in remote villages in Timor East and looks forward to further overseas adventures.  One of his dreams is to paddle some of the rivers that run off the Himalayan Ranges in India and Pakistan.

Recently his passion for the outdoors has led him to complete his Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Guide.

Dáire: Customer Service

Dáire (pronounced Da-ra) was born and reared in Dublin, Ireland where he made the most out of the famously constant rain by taking up whitewater kayaking and indoor bouldering during his teenage years. It wasn’t until he was studying his physics degree at university that he joined their rock climbing club and was indoctrinated into the hardcore traditional (trad) climbing ethic so prevalent in Irish climbing culture.

After moving to Melbourne in 2017, Dáire decided to pursue the outdoors fulltime. He worked for a number of outdoor education providers around Victoria as a climbing, paddling, and hiking leader while studying a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation. While most of the world was in lockdown, Dáire was lucky enough to escape to the Northern Territory to work as a hiking guide on the Larapinta for two straight years.

Dáire is now undertaking a Master’s in Sustainability at RMIT. When he’s not studying or in the store, Dáire can be found poring over river maps planning his next whitewater descent in the Victorian High Country or putting his trad climbing roots to use at the Arapiles.

Nick E: Customer Service

Nick has joined the Bogong team off the back of a five year stint in New Zealand, spending a large amount of that time living out of a van between various mountain adventures. A Melbourne local who grew up a footy lover, Nick’s passion for the outdoors was found later in life.

Since high school, Nick has been on the move.  He explored places like Nepal, Peru, Cambodia and America (just to name a few). As Nick saw the world, he explored not just the landscapes, but the activities within. He became a keen hiker, from the Grand Canyon and solo trips in the Himalayas, to completing “Te Araoa,” a thru-hike that cuts all the way through New Zealand. He got into bike packing, taking a notable 1200km trip through New Zealand’s south island, with over 18 000m elevation. Nothing is off limits; he even recently began rock climbing.

But for Nick, the number one is trail running. When he is not out on trails or training with his coach, he is filling his days listening to trail running podcasts and searching up gear. He has completed two ultra-marathons, taking home the gold medal in his second outing.

Looking ahead, Nick is looking forward to maintaining a structure to his training and obsessing over trail running with customers and fellow staff.

Net: Customer Service

Net grew up in Melbourne, where from a young age was taught bush skills by his dad. With a background in the military, Net’s dad taught him survival skills in adventurous environments all across Australia. From Warrandyte to the Yarra Valley, Net learnt to start a fire, handle a knife and even get his bearings by reading the stars.

After graduating high school in 2018, Net took the skills he had learnt over the years and put them into action, beginning a career in outdoor education. For a year, in Victorian town Marysville, Net trained high schoolers in varying outdoor programs.

It was just a matter of time before Net’s passion for the outdoors evolved into a passion for climbing. Net can be found sport climbing and bouldering in the gym and outdoors.  He regularly visits local crags just outside Melbourne as well as the icons of Australian climbing, like the Grampians and Blue Mountains. If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over the technical side of climbing equipment and best places to climb, Net would love to chat!

Gerhard: Customer Service

Gerhard has a Prussian heritage that may explain his love of winter landscapes, frozen lakes, tarns and snow-covered mountains.

You may find him backcountry skiing on some of Victoria’s most iconic peaks. His favourites include the store’s namesake, Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop and tours from Falls Creek to Hotham, Stirling to Buller and over the Baw Baw Plateau.

Overseas, while working in Switzerland, memorable climbs and descents were had behind Davos and Potrecina. A recent trip to Utah has given Gerhard an appreciation for canyoning, though skiing among Aspens in Little Cottonwood and Mill Creek Canyons remain his highlights.

Before joining the Bogong team, Gerhard worked with disengaged youth for over 20 years. He understands the importance of ‘nature therapy’ at grass roots level in education and for mental health. Gerhard also led an annual outdoor pursuit program visiting coastal hinterland forests, snow covered plateaus, building igloos and snow kitchens, entering rogaining competitions and traversing the Overland Track.

Tenzin: Customer Service

Born and raised in Melbourne, Tenzin first started climbing at the age of five at some of Melbourne's local Crags. You can find Tenzin enjoying climbs in his favourite spots including the You Yangs, Mount Macedon and the Cathedral ranges.

He developed an avid love for hiking after spending 10 years involved in scouting, where he attended the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree, an 11 day scouting crash courses, in Maryborough, Queensland. Today, a favourite hike of Tenzin’s is the Great Ocean Walk, along Victoria’s south west coast.

An engineer by both training and at heart, Tenzin often finds himself more interested in fiddling with climbing gear than actual climbing, a quality that has made him feel right at home at Bogong. He loves to chat about the technical side of climbing equipment and industrial rope access gear, plus hiking and climbing hot spots around Victoria.

Nick: Warranties and Customer Service

In the late 1960s, Nick's parents helped build a ski lodge. So, at the tender age of two, Nick started skiing. Having skiied from an early age, he developed a deep respect for the mountains. In later years, this transformed into a love of long-distance bushwalking, telemark skiing, ski-touring and rockclimbing.

But, Nick's main interest is long hikes. Getting away from it all, getting into the rhythm of walking in remote landscapes, is peaceful and reflective, he says. Over the years, he's walked all over Victoria, and been on countless trips to New Zealand, Tasmania and other parts of Australia.

Now that Nick has two young children, he says the 'rules of engagement' have changed a little: these days, his walks are a lot shorter and less steep. But, he enjoys having new eyes through which to see the world.

When Nick's not in the bush or helping with warranties at Bogong Equipment, Nick can be found tending to his garden.

Murphy:Digital Content and Marketing

Murphy is a born and bred Melbournian, but the calls of the great outdoors has meant his relationship with the city has been strained. Adventure was always apart of Murphy’s life, from camping trips when he was young all the way through the four consecutive Great Victorian Bike Rides throughout high school.

After school, he travelled Europe on a gap year, and then studied Professional Communications at RMIT, where he was perfectly passable student. He would consistently return to his high school, where he would supervise Outdoor Ed overnight camping/hiking excursions. When not working or studying, he would be running, training for marathons he completed in 2017 and 2021.  

His most recent love is climbing. After viewing the holy trinity of climbing docos (Valley Uprising, Dawn Wall, Free Solo, in that order), he was completely hooked. Like many, Covid meant his climbing passion was threatened, but this didn’t deter him from the outdoors, finding trail running while camper-vanning up the east coast of Australia throughout 2021.

Murphy looks forward to being able to continue his passion for writing and adventures at Bogong Equipment. Whether you see him at your local crag, trail, in Bogong’s upstairs office or in his van Betty White, wave him down and say hello.

Merv: Gear Guru and Ski Legend

Merv joined us in 2005. He no longer works at Bogong day-to-day but continues to be involved by running in-store training sessions. He has had a long and illustrious association with many facets of the Outdoor Industry. For several decades he worked as a teacher for the Education Department training outdoor educators and developing curriculum. Following this Merv went on to run his own retail businesses. Over the past 40 years he has also been heavily involved with Bushwalking Victoria’s Bush Search and Rescue Unit, initially as a Searcher, then as a Field Organiser. Now he holds the role of Police Liaison Officer within the unit

At one time Merv was a cross country ski instructor with the Australian Ski Federation, which later merged into the APSI. Cross country skiing really has been one of Merv's lifelong passions. In recent years he has skied the 15 long distance races in various countries around the world required to earn the Global Loppet Master Award. Merv was the 137th recipient of this award which is highly prized on the international circuit. In addition he skied two sets of ten international races to achieve two Gold Loppet Masters. Of the 20 Hoppets held at Falls Creek over the years Merv has participated in all but one of them - missing out due to illness. Merv's other interests include rogaining, mountain running and cycle touring. He has cycled south to north across Australia, through the Flinders Ranges and the Birdsville Track, as well as overseas. He has AT skied the Haute Route in Europe and walked the Australian Alpine Walking Track end to end.

Sarah Larcombe: Bogong Sponsored Athlete

Arriving at climbing later in life, Sarah has been on a meteoric rise, going from a beginner to an Australian Paraclimbing athlete in the space of two years. A discussion over an Ikea ice-cream with a friend has led Sarah down the path of competitive climbing, where she has been recognised as one of Australia’s brightest climbers.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Sarah admits her disability (right leg below knee amputee) was initially a barrier between dreaming about rock climbing and getting into the gym. Although once overcoming this, plus a broken ankle and incessant Covid-19 lockdowns, Sarah never looked back.

It was with the help of Adaptive Climbing Victoria (ACV) that Sarah was able to explore the wonders of rock climbing safely. Now a sitting board member, Sarah commends ACV Founder Katie Kaminsky for pushing her into paraclimbing competitions. Sarah has taken home wins in the Victorian and NSW/ACT state titles and was the top-performing athlete in the national Paraclimbing Team Selection event, now going to compete in the Paraclimbing World Cup.

You can join Bogong in supporting Sarah get to and compete in the World Cup here.

Read about Sarah's full story on the Bogong Blog.

Matt Crehan: Bogong Sponsored Athlete

Matt Crehan started running relatively late in the game. Not an overly sporty kid, in high school Matt used to swim on and off, and was a volunteer surf life-saver. Through his 20s, Matt continued swimming sporadically, and in 2015 during a spell of swimming every day, Matt went on a field trip to New Zealand for university and I couldn’t swim each morning. Instead he started running around the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Soon he was hooked.

With a new-found love for running and a background in swimming, triathlon was an obvious next step. Matt dabbled with the long distance format – completing a bunch of halves and one full Ironman – but eventually realised triathlons are more about cycling. Matt enjoyed the variety in training, but preferred to spend long days out on the trail rather than on a road bike. Eventually his focus shifted from doing triathlons in the summer and trail running in the winter to only competing in trail races year-round. Starting with relatively short distances, Matt progressed to ultras and found his sweet spot in events 50–100km long.

In 2019, Matt competed in 14 events, at distances ranging from a marathon to 100 miles. He was fortunate enough to do a couple of events in early 2020 before coronavirus wreaked havoc to the race calendar and was grateful to get back on the start line for Surf Coast Century in December 2020.

Top Recent Results

  • 2021 Brisbane Trail Ultra 100 miler – 1st (CR)
  • 2021 Ultra Trail Australia 100k – 4th
  • 2021 Alpine Challenge 100 miler – 1st
  • 2021 Cradle Mountain Run 80k – 1st
  • 2020 Surf Coast Century 100k – 2nd
  • 2020 Razorback Run 64k – 1st
  • 2019 Marysville Marathon – 1st

Follow Matt on Instagram@mattcrehan

Ashlee Hendy: Bogong Sponsored Athlete

Ashlee became a ‘climber’ when she was 12 years old, visiting indoor facilities in Melbourne multiple times per week and entering in climbing competitions throughout her high-school years. Over the next 20 years, her interest quickly turned into an obsession and eventually a lifestyle. She now lives in Natimuk (Western Victoria) where she finally feels at home, just 10 mins from the base of the world-famous Mount Arapiles and within day trip distance of all the best crags in the Grampians.

Slow and steady progress has been the key to Ashlee’s ongoing success and love for climbing. She likes to challenge herself physically and mentally on the Wimmera’s finest hard sport and trad routes, but also enjoys a social day at the crag with lifelong climbing buddies just as much as sending a long-term project. Ashlee works at Deakin University and has a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and a PhD in Neurophysiology, a career that provides her with training knowledge that helps her progress and avoid injury.

In late 2021, Ashlee began a new journey. She is currently learning the challenges of climbing throughout pregnancy, and is looking forward to family crag days with partner Chris and their next-generation crusher due in June 2022.

Over the years, Ashlee has built up an impressive tick list including some of the countries best routes, as well as a handful of respectable achievements while travelling the USA in 2019:

The Grampians: Serpentine (29), Eye of the Tiger (29), Anaconda (28), Touchstone pictures (28), Venom (28), Monkey Puzzle (28), Not Too Bad (28), Desert Crack (27)

Arapiles: Slinkin’ Leopard (28), India (28), The Great Escape (28), Required (28, climbed at 12 weeks pregnant), Mind Arthritis (27)

USA: Fight Club (30), Disposable Heroes (30), Paradise Lost (29), Snooker (28 – flash), and many more!

Follow Ashlee on Instagram@ashleehendy