Shoe Whisperer & Footwear Buyer
Brennan has had the blessing and privilege to be a part of the Seattle outdoor retail scene for 20 years
now. Fortune threw him into the footwear department at the Seattle REI and he was able to work alongside
some master class tutelage via OG GOAT Pete Smith for almost 5 years. After some time at The North Face he
stumbled across Second Ascent in 2008 and is quickly approaching his 14th year at the business (now Ascent
Outdoors) in August 2022.
Brennan has been the Footwear buyer at the shop since 2015 and has enjoyed the wild ride of the quest for a
next-level footwear selection in the northwest. It has been his absolute pleasure to help assist all
visitors to Ascent Outdoors with their foot health and footwear needs.
Brennan enjoys off-trail backpacking, looking for wildlife, swimming in lakes, crawling into tree holes,
wading through coastal sea caves and, most recently, plundering trails with his two small children. He has
had the sincere pleasure of extensive backpacking in SE Alaska, Denali National Park, and many, many areas
across WA state.
Brennan can share many fun stories involving flying squirrels, huge elk skulls, cougar growls, the Marmot
Underground, wacky bear glissades, 3am Alaska summer rope swing with Humpback Whales, Sasquatch theory,
thirsty Mountain goats with hiking kilts, those 2 times at Burning Man, and, most importantly, Ice Weasels.