Seattle, WA, U.S.
Roger had the good fortune of growing up in Denver, Colorado. He grew up skiing and scrambling up the high peaks of the Rockies, fueling his deep passion for being in the mountains. Towards the end of high school, he stumbled into a commercial salmon fishing job in Alaska that turned into a 20-year-career. Eventually, he became a highlighted Captain of the F/V Saga on the first season of the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. His attraction to vertical adventure in adverse conditions, especially winter, replaced the harsh and burly conditions that were dealt to him when he was working in the Bering Sea. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Merridy and daughter, Maya. Located right at the gateway to the huge Cascade Mountain Range, he and his family have access to multiple lifetimes of climbing, skiing and kitesurfing adventures. In the Spring of 2011, Roger and four friends were caught off-guard skiing in the backcountry. They were swept down the mountain in an avalanche, resulting in both of his lower legs being destroyed. Three and a half months in a wheelchair and three surgeries later, Roger was blessed with an incredibly fast recovery, thanks to an amazing surgeon and physical therapy team. He was back on skis, climbing, running, and kitesurfing 10 months later, nearly as strong as before the avalanche. He feels humbly blessed to have many first ascents and descents throughout Alaska, Canada, U.S., and Mexico, and attributes any of his successes in the mountains to patience, a thirst for suffering, and the relationships with his family and friends.
Dawn Patrol, 3:30 AM: there's nothing more rewarding than experiencing the untracked paths of winter, immersed in the dark stillness of the mountains.
Trusted by Roger Strong
The Ridge Shell 2.0 Jacket is one of my two favorite Freeride Jackets; it's burly but supple Helly Tech fabric. I combine this with the Ridge Shell Pant which has a great pocket configuration for resort and side country skiing. I'm also a big fan of the Elevation Shell 2.0 Jacket. It may be the burliest jacket on the planet and one I trust maching through old growth trees. The Sogn Shell Jacket is the one I go to for touring. It's the lightest and most versatile jacket in the Ullr line, with a removable snow skirt you lighten it to sub 500 grams. The Lifa Active 1/2 Zip is my base layer for non-stop aerobic missions, and the Lifa Merino 3/4 Boot Top PA 3/4 boot cut is my primary knee-high compression sock that I use for all ski mountaineering, ice, mixed and alpine climbing. The Odin Stretch Insultator has been a daily driver a fantastic stand-alone piece and mid layer when it's really cold. The stretch Primaloft has a breathability rating of 35 CFM and can wear all day when moving through colder temps. For 2019, I've been loving the Odin line, using various combinations of the Shell Jacket, Shell Bib Pant, Softshell Jacket, Softshell Pant, as well as the Lifaloft Hooded Stretch Insulator Jacket, depending on the conditions and activity.