Show Notes for Podcast #97
The Wedge Camper Revolution
Matt Swartz and Scott Brady talk wedge campers and habitats with the team from Super Pacific.
Spencer T. Houser
Learning metal working from a young age, Spencer grew up on a farm in upstate New York where his father was a blacksmith and his mother was an Art Teacher. His formative years were spent skiing, rock climbing and off-roading. As an adult he migrated west, in search of new opportunities and the wilderness of the west coast. For a decade he ran his own design and machine shop HouserWorks, and Ducati Motorcycle aftermarket parts brand SpeedyMoto. Exhibiting his talents as a multi-disciplinary designer and serial tinkerer Spencer forged a career in product design, operations, and manufacturing in both motorsports & aerospace industries.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Peter spent nearly 5 years as an innovation designer in Nike’s legendary ‘Space Kitchen’ before co-founding Super Pacific. From the ages of 10-14 he and his family circumnavigated the globe on a sailboat, instilling a life-long appreciation of adventure that fuels him to this day. His adventurous spirit continued when he attended college in Colorado, where he was a raft guide and ski instructor. He began his product design career learning to sew bags at Mystery Ranch in Bozeman, MT and later established his own line of soft goods.
Super Pacific represents the fusion of his passion for great product design and adventurous pursuits. Father to a 6-year-old son, he is committed to fostering an adventurous lifestyle and love of the outdoors to the next generation.
Super Pacific manufactures the Switchback X1, the most complete lightweight wedge-style truck bed camper anywhere.
My name is Matt Swartz and I owe my love of the outdoors to my Grandfather, a PHD Ecologist, and photographer who was years ahead of his time. Every visit to his house was filled with hiking adventures where we’d collect and identify insects, or trips to a nearby creek to fish and look for water snakes. We’d also regularly sit on the couch together, pouring over the latest National Geographic while my Grandfather provided additional commentary, always getting deeper into the science. His knowledge was endless.
With those early childhood experiences in nature, it feels fitting that I’ve built a life full of adventurous outdoor sports, travel, photography, and writing. From my first camping experiences on the East coast to bigger adventures, like exploring the West coast of South America, or hiking from the border of Mexico to Mammoth, California, I find that time spent outdoors gives me an incredible sense of well-being.One of my biggest pieces of advice to the aspiring adventurer: passionately pursue your dreams, and don’t let society convince you that a high net-worth is more valuable than a life full of rich experiences. @m.b.swartz
Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal and is often credited with popularizing overlanding in North America. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and includes three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar expeditions include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. @scott.a.brady
Full show notes available at Overland Journal
This episode sponsored in part by Black Series Trailers
Images from Alu-Cab https://www.alu-cab.com/