Welcome to Journey Outdoors. Taylor Mathis and Heath Wharton co-founded JO during the spring of 2019. We both live in the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado, and are outdoor enthusiasts. We enjoy everything this beautiful location offers, including hiking, climbing, rafting, fly fishing, skiing, snowboarding, ATVs and amazing sunsets. We both believe that mountain environments are where we learn about ourselves, challenge ourselves, and grow beyond our limits.
The idea of Journey Outdoors was born out of the desire for affordable, lightweight tech fabrics that support outdoor adventures, and encourage the spirit of exploration and personal challenge. We believe that technical, high-quality clothing should be affordable, durable, lightweight, highly compressible, and effective in modern layering systems.
We also know that pushing the limits in the back country or exploring lost trails can pose personal risks and we want to "give back to those who have our backs". Heath is the training director for our local Search and Rescue unit, where a group of unheralded heroes put themselves in danger every day in the mountains, on the rivers, and in the back country. They risk their lives to save others in the worst of circumstances, without pay or recognition. With that in mind, we have committed to donating 10% of all Journey Outdoors profits to SAR units around the world. Join us, as we Journey Outdoors, climbing higher mountains and giving back to those who give so much.