I studied Kinesiology and Health in college and found that I wanted to make a longer lasting impact on peoples lives through inspiring people to get out there, set goals and achieve them. Before starting Pingora Outdoors I was a student for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School), worked as an operations intern at the NOLS Teton Valley Branch while focusing my time in the issue room and I also guided trips for the ISU Outdoor Recreation Program throughout my 4 years in college. I love going on trips and testing out gear. But, ultimately I am passionate about changing peoples lives in a positive way through outdoor adventures, gear and a total lifestyle change.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking, car camping, climbing and biking!!
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors:North wales in a town called Morfa Nefyn. I spent my summers vacationing here as a kid.
FUN FACT! I am a dual citizen with England and the U.S.
Outdoor Retail Specialist
I grew up in Concord, California, then went on to play basketball at Lehigh University. After I graduated, I moved out to Iowa with my fiance, and started working at Pingora Outdoors. I have a heart for helping others and connecting within the community. My favorite part of my job is hearing about all of the amazing adventures people have been on and helping them prepare for even bigger and better ones. It is so rewarding to help people of all ages go on incredible adventures and help them to see why I love the outdoors and everything it has to offer!
Favorite Outdoor Activity: I love to run and hike anywhere that I can (and I love to drag my fiance along with me on those crazy long hikes and runs!). Camping is also my favorite way to vacation. Yes, I would rather sleep on the ground than in a 5-star hotel!
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors:Silver Falls State Park in Oregon
FUN FACT! I am a HUGE nerd and love to read about as much as I love to be outside!
Outdoor Retail Specialist
I grew up in the Iowa City area, then went on to Storm Lake, Iowa to go to college and play baseball at Buena Vista University. Although I am no longer playing or coaching baseball I am still a huge fan of Yankees baseball and Hawkeye football! I moved to Des Moines about 3 years ago and now live in Ankeny with my girlfriend Emily and 2 year old beagle, Gary.
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors: Probably a toss up between being in the mountains or by the ocean.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Golfing and hiking
FUN FACT! I have been fully certified as an open water scuba diver for 10 years.
Julia Richards Krapfl
Outdoor Retail Specialist
First and foremost, I am a mom to two teenage daughters and step-mom to one daughter, age 25. In addition to working at Pingora, I also work in the Center for Advocacy and Outreach at Blank Children’s Hospital where I coordinate All Kids Healthy, a healthy lifestyle outreach program, and am the coordinator and wellness coach for the Healthy Kids Program, a pediatric weight management clinic. I am co-leader of my daughters’ 4-H club and can equally scoop horse poop and apply dance make-up to a small child. I am a part-time associate at Pingora helping customers with decisions and purchase of outdoor clothing and gear.
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors: I love running on trails through the woods or on Iowa’s gravel roads past corn and bean fields. I also feel a deep connection to Northwest Ontario and the Lac Suel area where my family has fished for years.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: My preferred activity is trail running, but doing almost anything outdoors is great! Coming from a farming background, I spent a large part of growing up outside running around or helping in the field. I enjoy all seasons and all kinds of activities!
FUN FACT! I am a 4-year alumni of the Hawkeye Marching Band at the University of Iowa where I met my husband. Go Hawks!
I grew up in rural Iowa exploring the outdoors, going on canoe trips to boundary water, skiing and backpacking. I am a gear enthusiast, always improving my kits and trying new ideas. I began rock climbing in the year 2000 then went all in; Rock, Ice, Mountains and Alpine. Some areas of note that I have explored are; Mt. Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Rainier, Moab and Indian creek, Devils tower, and the Grand Tetons. I started as a climbing guiding in 2005, currently I am certified by the AMGA as a Single Pitch Instructor, NOLS Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace. Instructing, leading trips and mentoring others in the outdoor pursuits are a real passion and joy to me.
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors: Hundreds of feet up a cliff face sitting on a ledge enjoying the view.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Climbing in all of its forms, from sport climbing in Iowa to high peaks all over the world.
FUN FACT! I have brewed beer and also root beer.
I am a native Iowan. I am a former teacher and elementary/middle school counselor. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: I have hiked and camped at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the top of a mountain in Crested Butte, Colorado and completed week long bicycle rides in Iowa, Colorado and Canada. I am a part-time sales associate at the Jester Park and Ankeny Pingora Outdoors locations.
Favorite Place to Be Outdoors: Anywhere as long as I am on my bike!
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Riding my bicycle with family and friends
FUN FACT! I compete in Cyclocross races!
If you’ve ever visited Pingora Outdoors, then you’ve most likely been greeted by Percy, the shop dog. Percy is a European Golden Retriever who loves a good adventure or just lounging around soaking up the sun.