Andi founded Exped 30 years ago together with his wife Heidi after coming back from their 2 year trip mostly in the Canadian wilderness and a short stint at an outdoor retailer in Zurich. As a gear and computer freak with a keen eye for detail, he is responsible for all things around innovation and production, especially for his own gear categories like mats, hammocks, bivy bags and ponchos. And together with Betti takes care of all things digital and our IT systems. He is an avid outdoor professional and has now added kite surfing on water and snow to his outdoor activities of choice.
Rumor has it that Heidi, Andis wife, is the Exped mama. Truth is, it’s true. As longterm General Manager all issues big and small flew through her hands. She spent months in the Canadian wilderness and later on an uninhabited island in the Great Barrier Reef together with her husband before founding Exped. Nowadays she and Andi disappear off to Asia in the winter months to supervise production of the Exped products. In between productions they head for Vietnam and the neighboring countries with their canoe and hammocks.
She started off in sales at an outdoor retailer, than worked as a rep. and in-house for Wild Roses, one of the first women’s only outdoor brand. She went then on to sharpened her skills in various communications and marketing departments.
Her numerous intrepid tandem trips to far corners of the world took place a while back, but now she enjoys time with her family in Scandinavia and Central Europe. She also climbs, in the gym for workout and outdoors for pleasure.
Hubi is our travel expert and has probably been to most places in the world either on foot or on the back of some truck, bus or boat. He seems to like the more exotic destinations like Tajikistan, unusual locomotion like a rubber dinghy or cooks on a „super-fast“ stove à la Hubi: a candle. So sometimes it takes a bit longer for him to turn up again, as his longest non-stop trip took a mere 3 years.
He grew up in different countries but always went to American schools so we use him as translator.
As father of two, rock and snow junkie and mountain biker he’s always out to find the right work and life balance. If his not out chasing the powder in winter and leaving chalk trails in the rocks during summer Marc develops our backpacks and drybags. Marc joined Exped back in 1992 as buyer and then became product developer in 2001.
Eicke was infected early on with the outdoor virus. Thanks to his extensive hands-on experience and his previous career in outdoor retail, he definitely knows what good outdoor gear is all about. His travels led and still lead him to exciting places. Always with his camera with reach, but above all the openness and curiosity to experience foreign cultures. Countless nights on his travels were spent in a warm sleeping bag, the longest of which lasted 4 months in a row.
Like many other Exped employees, Eicke's method of choice for his daily commute to work is his bicycle.
With his design background and industrial design degree, Jakob has the technical expertise and enjoys to tinker with everything that has to do with the outdoors. Ideas come or mature preferably during multi-day hikes or a run down a trail in his backyard forest. He loves to be outdoors, be it on skis, bikes, on foot, on all fours, climbing or bouldering. Wherever possible, his family is part of the adventure. That's why he knows everything about big and heavily loaded backpacks.
As an avid outdoor enthusiast and mountainbiker Lukas enjoys and spends a lot of time outdoors. Loves to spend nights out in tents, test new products and adapt them himself to his needs. Lukas is an industrial designer by trade and a natural born tinkerer.
Mat found his way to Exped after working as a scientist testing and developing performance clothing and technical textiles. He enjoys rolling or sliding down mountains in both summer and winter whether by skis, snowboard or mountain bike. If there is really no option to use a lift he has also been known to climb or ski tour up them, too. When the snow is melting and the trails are too wet, he can also be found on, in, and sometimes under the water – be it with white water kayak, kite board or fishing waders.
During her studies as an industrial designer she started climbing, mountaineering and ski touring intensively. This led to her positive monkey-index (arm reach longer than body height). In the meantime, as mother of two kids, her priorities have shifted to more mundane things like camping, damming creeks and building fires. Her expertise in backpacks comes from personal use and years of professional experience as a pack designer.
Be it hiking while enjoying flora and fauna, endurance trekking in Nordic environments or ambitious climbs: her main goal is to be outdoors - on foot, by bike, in a canoe or sailing boat. Together with her husband she sailed in a Mini-Transat from Germany to the Arctic Circle. She also has a lot of nature in her backyard: She spends every spare minute with her family in their large garden which includes her flock of chicken - and this preferably barefooted.
Customer Service / Repairs
Bea is a Canada and Scandinavia fan and enjoys her relaxing holidays up in the north and its nature, people and language. Since going on dog sledge tours in Finland and Sweden through the beautiful snowy landscapes she has a fascination for huskies and wolves. In winter you will find indoors playing curling and in the summer outdoors possibly with her saxophone.
True to the motto "It tastes best outdoors", there must always be some space left in your backpack for culinary surprises. The menus prepared over a fire are refined with little treasures nature supplies that the alpine vegetation ecologist finds during her ascent. She finds her flow not only on her treks but also regularly in yoga.
Marketing / Backoffice
In our marketing team Angi is responsible for Exped's social media presence, takes care of the website and videos. That is here trade and thanks to her passion for nature, her travel experiences and bubbling ideas she fits perfectly into the Exped-Team.
Angi loves to explore the world on foot and with her backpack. To walk as far as her feet will take her. It means freedom and challenge to her at the same time. She discovered her love for long-distance hiking years ago on the West Highland Way in Scotland. Be it Loch Lomond, Isle of Skye or Ben Nevis, Angi is still fascinated by the region and has experienced her share of adventures there.
Our accounts are in her firm hands and all aspects of our finances under her sharp eyes. Here a little taste: as Hubi went off on his vacations to Tajikistan she told him loud and clearly that she would not pay ransom – no matter what!
It’s more than a hobby when she spends her time off travelling around with her three cycle road racing sons supporting them wherever she can.
She loves nature and her playground are the mountains, above all the mighty Pilatus (but affectionately called "Pili" by her). For her work for Exped, Deborah moved from Lucerne to the urban jungle of Zurich. But she can perfectly compensate the concrete and commuter traffic in her free time. Mountain bike, racing bike, splitboard in winter or simply her own feet - her means of transport could not be more different. But the goal is always the same: to reach the summit and enjoy the freedom. Deborah has already experienced many adventurous highlights, but she remembers one in particular with particular fondness: her participation in the Trans NewZealand 2020 - a 5-day MTB enduro race. However, Deborah is not only a fierce athlete. With her bachelor's degree in visual communication and further education in branding and online communication, she perfectly complements the Exped marketing team and ensures the right digital presence with her skills.
Kurt has his roots in alpine sports activities: be it the high peaks in our Swiss Alps, or some in South America and Asia, Kurt has climbed many and trekked and ski toured to countless others. But he also seems to enjoy the lower altitudes of the Far East, since he met his German wife in Thailand. He may not be as active anymore in the vertical world but still enjoys getting out there and engaging in all kinds of outdoor activities.
As a professional graphic designer Petra is responsible for the design of our printed media, edits images, creates illustrations, our sales tools and packaging. And she definitely knows how to organise her time off: She loves hiking, cycling, travelling, playing her guitar and juggling.
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Originally from southern California, Alex is enjoying the Seattle area and, like his Exped USA team members, he's an all-around outdoor enthusiast. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, cycling and skiing are certainly on his list of endeavors. And he plays a mean game of ping pong! The rest of the team is looking forward to introducing Alex to the legendary Seattle rain.
Born and raised in Washington, Allison loves to explore every wild corner of her home state. She is an avid rock and alpine climber, and also enjoys backpacking, snowshoeing, camping, and kayaking. When she’s not scaling cliffs or trudging up glaciers she can be found tending to her garden or writing poetry and short stories.
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Annica immigrated to Washington at age 16. She was an active member of Girl Guides of Canada for ten years until her move, at which time she started volunteering with Washington Search and Rescue. After years of sleeping in the snow, she one day discovered the DownMat, and her life has never been the same. She loves to backpack, hike, snowshoe, cycle and kayak on her PNW adventures -- in a skirt where possible.
Dave is hard to keep up with at work and at play. As a year-round cyclist in Seattle, Dave pedals many miles in the rain - and likes it! He's also a backpacker, paddler, skier, and he's a big fan of the Exped Chair Kit.
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Eric is the quintessential family man and can often be found chasing his kids around in the outdoors. He's a backpacker, hiker, Nordic and AT skier, photographer, trail runner and paddler. These days his favorite piece of Exped gear might very well be the cathedral-like Ursa VI tent - one room for kids, the other for parents!
Josh is Mr. Bike right now: road bike, mountain bike, touring bike, tandem. Bikes. But that doesn't stop him from skiing and backpacking when he's out of the saddle. Josh can also be found (or not found) traveling the world on a regular basis .
When she's not busy building an awesome online shopping experience or tracking inventory, Kayla enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and off-roading throughout the Pacific Northwest. On days when the great INdoors beckon, Kayla loves curling up with a good book, listening to true crime podcasts, and tending to her many houseplants.
Working as our Finance Analyst, Kevin makes sure that people are happy (HR) and accounted (accounting) for. He has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 20 years, and has seen teal blue colors go out of style and come back again. When out of the office, Kevin and his family hike throughout the Cascades.
Nick is our Sales Coordinator and brings a wealth of outdoor experiences to the job. Snowboarding, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, fishing, and rock climbing are among his favorite things, so he's a great fit with the rest of the Exped team. As a Seattle area native he's a great source of many secret spots in our nearby wild country.
Ted is a family man, chicken farmer, boat builder, skier, hiker, and a lifelong paddler. And don’t forget about his fondness for debating the nuances of outdoor gear! His relationship with Exped goes back many years and he’s committed to converting the world to sleeping in Dreamwalker sleeping bags.
Born and raised in Virginia, Tracy brings over 20 years of outdoor industry experience to the Exped team. He’s passionate about getting others active in the outdoors and making sure they have the right gear along with them. When not working, Tracy enjoys skiing, hiking, mountaineering, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and camping. He spends his free time chasing his two kids down the ski hills and when the snow melts chasing them up mountain trails.