Who We Are
We are a team of outdoor adventurers and experts who have been united by our shared love of hunting, travel, and hiking. We have come together to help you with your own outdoor adventures.
Each of us is well-versed and experienced in a different branch of outdoor activities, and we’ve united to make this platform possible where we can share all our knowledge and expertise with you.
About Our Author
You may be wondering, who writes all of the articles you can see on this website? While our team of experts are tasked with finding all the right products and information article topics, the articles themselves are all written by just one person: Ethan Howard.
Ethan is, to put it mildly, an outdoor enthusiast. Having grown up in Montana, Ethan was brought up in close contact with the wild outdoors. Some of his earliest memories involve hiking in the Rocky Mountains. From a very young age, therefore, Ethan has known what it means to be an adventurer.
He began traveling the world in earnest when he was just out of college, in his mid-20s, with a degree in environmental science. “My decision to study environmental science honestly came very easily,” Howard says. “Nothing is more important to me than conserving the sacred beauty of our home planet.”
And he is passionate about sharing that knowledge. That’s what has led him to adopt part-time faculty positions at various universities all around the world. Yep; the most avid backpacker we know daylights as a professor!
Meanwhile, Ethan’s network of outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers, hunters, and hikers grew organically as he aged and traveled. He noticed that despite the collective expertise and knowledge that exists about the subject, new backpackers, hunters, hikers, and campers all struggle with very basic ideas when they’re just starting out.
That’s when he decided to put his network to greater use. He contacted some of his most knowledgeable hiking and hunting associates and proposed the idea of starting up a website geared exclusively towards lovers of the great outdoors. Unsurprisingly, the answer was a resounding yes—and here we are.
Ethan Howard has always been, and always will be, driven by the need to be out in the wild open. “For me, there’s simply no point to existing unless I’m out discovering more of this beautiful planet that we live on,” he says. “And those who share the same mindset deserve to be extended every bit of guidance they can find.”
So you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. We hope you enjoy your stay on Geeky Picks, compliments of Ethan Howard.
What Do We Do?
Before you clicked on the About page of this website, you must have by now noticed the titles of a few articles on the front page or elsewhere. You may have noticed that our job is to curate articles on a wide and varied range of topics related to hunting, hiking, and backpacking.
The most important concern we have is ensuring that you have the right gear for your outdoor excursions. Accordingly, our main aim here is to connect you to the products we think are most worth your consideration. Therefore, you will see a good number of product reviews.
However, the right gear isn’t all there is to the perfect camping/hiking/hunting experience; there is a lot to learn about the great outdoors itself. On that note, you will also find tutorials, trip guides, and helpful articles on our blog.
Why Do We Do It?
The great outdoors is compelling and life-affirming, but at the same time, it can be hugely daunting. It’s important to not only use the right gear but also to arm yourself with knowledge about possible dangers and issues.
However, backpackers can sometimes experience issues with misinformation and product selection. That’s where we come in. Our primary goal here at Geeky Picks is to share the ways in which backpacking can be safer, easier, and most importantly, more enjoyable.
That’s why our dedicated team puts so much effort into finding you the right products and imparting the right information.
How Do We Select the Products?
Our ultimate goal is to make outdoor activities safer, more convenient, and most importantly, much more fun. At the same time, we know that each backpacker has unique needs and preferences.
Our diverse team of employees can use their knowledge to cater to specific interests, and therefore help to research and curate every single product review on this website.
Generally, our product suggestions come in lists of 5, 10, or sometimes more. We select the stand-out value and budget products because we know most of our readers are looking for those; we also suggest high-end premium products for those who are willing to spend more.
But most importantly, we always have a top pick product—one that is suitable for all groups in terms of quality, durability, price, and efficiency.
How Do We Update Our Posts?
With new and increased technological developments, the market for good hiking, backpacking, and hunting gear is always changing. It’s totally common for a new product to emerge which will be superior in terms of quality or other factors.
In such cases, we first wait and monitor the reaction of the consumer group to the products. If the response is positive, we update our product lists to include the newer, better product.
How Do We Make Money?
GeekyPicks participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which allows websites like ours to make money through advertising fees. Those, in turn, are generated when you click on our links to Amazon.
So if you buy products we suggest through the links we provide, we receive a small commission.
However, this doesn’t stop us from being 100% honest and unbiased about the products we recommend. Don’t hold any doubts in your mind about our integrity, because we’re backpackers like you who just want you to have a good time!