Gear Storage 202 | Wenatchee Outdoors


Gear Storage 202 — words and pictures by Molly Steere

Donni and Adam Vognild — outside freaks or neat freaks?

I consistently hear “you ought to speak to so-an-so about…[whatever their gear storage solution is],” when I chat with outside enthusiasts about gear storage. My husband and I are obtaining prepared to make a huge barn, so I decided to use journalism as my excuse to poke about people’s garages, see how they deal with gear storage and choose their brains for new suggestions. Right here are various prominent Wenatchee location outside enthusiasts, their existing gear storage options and what they would like to do if they had their druthers.

The Players

Donni and Adam Vognild. These two are fixtures in the climbing/skiing culture of Wenatchee. Nearly each weekend, a single or each of them are heading off on some epic adventure that tends to make the rest of us appear like slackers.

Freeman Keller. You can not go anyplace without the need of seeing former bicycle road racer and existing Renaissance man, Freeman Keller, out on his bike. He also spends a good deal of time on the rock, trail, and water and he has the gear to prove it.

Andy Dappen. It is not a surprise that our intrepid creator and content material editor of, Andy Dappen, has a couple of bits of gear lying about his residence. Outside adventures are, just after all, his livelihood.

The Game

Guidebook heaven.

I discovered that storage is at after each universal and individual. The universal guidelines of gear storage are efficiency, and maximized utilization of space. “Gear expands to fill the space,” Freeman mentioned, “so you will need lots of space.” As we discovered from Mark Shipman, that space demands to be utilized to match your unique demands. And if you are not constructing from scratch, you have to just perform with what you have.

The Vognilds’ garage has character. Posters and images cover the walls and music is constantly playing. At the back of the garage they have a workbench for waxing skis, the requisite shelves of labeled bins of gear lining a single interior walls and racks that hang skis and bikes lining the other wall. The closets of their spare bedroom residence sleeping bags, outerwear, boots and anything else that demands to dry just after a trip. Bonus Points: Like some persons gather snow globes, the Vognilds gather climbing guides from fascinating locales. Their clever option for storing these guides was to place them in wire racks hanging in their front hall. They’re quick to grab on the way out the door, and quick on the eyes.

When asked about her dream residence, Donni says she’s been designing it due to the fact she was a young girl. She desires an oversized garage with a living space above it. The garage would be larger than the living space “because that is exactly where we hang out most of the time,” she mentioned. “I want to have a stroll-in closet from the garage. There you can hang your sleeping bags, all your ski gear, climbing gear and anything is organized and locked off from the garage, so you seal off all the dust and dirt. When you come back from your trip you unpack all the bins from your automobile, and go into the closet and hang your gear out to dry.”

I paid a stop by to Freeman subsequent. His 3-automobile garage looked virtually empty to me in comparison to the other garages I’d toured not too long ago, till I mentally cataloged anything that was in there. As if Freeman anticipated this initial reaction, he handed me a list, “I wrote down most of the stuff that is in here”. It study like a want list: 4 automobiles, a motorcycle, a scooter, 5 kayaks, sevens sets of skis (far more in the attic), 3 bikes, toolboxes, air compressors, a perform bench and a desk. And it nevertheless looked clean and open! His important is to get anything off the ground by using racks on the walls. Bonus Points: Freeman makes use of a wood drafter’s cabinet to shop his maps. It appears good in the residence workplace, but far more importantly, you can really uncover the map you will need.

A garage for all seasons…and activities.

As for Freeman’s dream storage scenario, he’s virtually living it. Seven years ago, he and his wife moved a couple of blocks and downsized their residence by 1000 square feet and doubled the size of the garage. “My wife likes to say I purchased the garage and the residence was thrown in for absolutely free,” he mentioned. There was also mention of needing a workshop just before he can possibly think about retirement.

Andy’s was the final residence I visited, and I was not disappointed. As a multi-sport virtuoso and gear tester, Andy has an enviable quantity of cool stuff. He keeps a lot of it in his separate garage, with the soft gear (bags, tents, clothes, boots) becoming stored in his basement in what he referred to as “Andy’s Globe.” Camping meals is kept in the downstairs canning kitchen, and shelves lining his lair preserve anything quick to access. Bonus Points: A contemporary addition to his storage is an location designated solely for charging the electronics we have come to rely on: iPods, phones, transceivers, cameras, GPS units, and flashlights. 

Even the old junk is organized — unused skis in the rafters of Dappen’s garage.

“In an perfect planet, I would have all the gear collectively in a single location,” Andy mentioned. “When you reside in a location like this and you can get to items actually fast, your transition time is vital. If it requires 20 minutes to get prepared for an hour lengthy outing, it is as well a great deal time,” he mentioned. Andy also thinks a mud space would be good with a couple of cubbies for footwear exactly where they can dry out. Proper now he ordinarily has at least a single pair of footwear on the front porch airing out, a great deal to his wife’s chagrin.

The Wildcard

There are unique desires and inventive whims that would make a storage area yours – or just darn cool. For Donni Vognild, the atmosphere of her storage location is vital it can not all be about gear. Her gear space also demands an location set aside to perform on her art. A good sound program is perfect, “and of course it has to be heated and have a kegerator,” Donnie added with a grin.

Constantly considering of efficiency and ease, Andy half seriously jokes about a program comparable to a drycleaner’s rack. “You’d have your ice climbing gear on a single hook and your kayaking gear on one more hook…you just push the kayak button and out would come the stuff. Grab and go,” he explained.

As for me, I’m typing this out of my workplace/gear space/spare bedroom/garage.  I do not have grand plans I’d just like to pack for an adventure without the need of unstacking a wall of bins, digging by way of piles and blindly reaching into the dark corners of closets.  So, I place the query to my husband, what would make his storage location perfect?  Without the need of a great deal believed he replied, “A designated mechanic.”  Arguably a handy addition, but it wouldn’t assistance our storage concern. Exactly where would we preserve the mechanic?

Click here to study Molly’s initial short article about dream properties and gear storage.

This post was initially published on 10/eight/2008.


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