The History Channel's Mountain Men Series has been running many seasons. In 2018, a couple of the people who put the show together ordered Anoraks. They didn't tell me anything about themselves, and I had no idea until early 2020, when we were contacted by people who appear on the show -- the "Mountain Men".
It turns out that the off-screen people, who are out in the weather as much as the on-screen Mountain Men, are very happy with our wool, and others took notice.
Check out Mountain Men on Thursday Nights ... Joshua Kirk of Lander, Wyoming, wears our All-Around Jacket in Duff Color while protecting a herd of bison from predators, including wolves.
On August 4, 2020, Debby, Denali and I spent several hours with Joshua at his ranch. It was a fascinating afternoon and we learned a lot. Josh has lived his whole life in a self-sufficient way that was common in centuries past, but quite rare today.
Debby snapped the photo below. In August of 2020, Debby and I visited with Dr Anika Ward and Mountain Man Jake Herak at the sheep ranch of Anika's parents, Cal and Julie. On the show, Jake and his hounds can be seen chasing mountain lions and bears up into the hills and away from the ranches in the valley, where they may prey on livestock. Anika is a veterinarian who cares for all manner of livestock and pets ... and for Jake's very hard-working Walker-Bluetick hounds. Anika is also frequently seen on the show. We hope they will wear their WeatherWool for Season 10, which starts filming soon.
We had a wonderful dinner with Anika's parents, and the time sort of got away from us ... we should have taken the picture sooner ... the day was fading away but we did get a few pics in.
MANY THANKS to Julie, Cal, Anika and Jake for such a fine dinner and great hospitality, and for putting up with all my yakking ...
In the photo below, Jake is wearing a MidWeight Shirt in Lynx Pattern while making some Black Bear Sausages with Anika. This sequence made it into the show, but the Shirt was bigger than Jake liked, and we replaced it with an Anorak. This Shirt was given to Advisor Bill McConnell the next day, when we visited with him in Bozeman, Montana.
In early 2020, I heard from Mountain Man Mike Horstman, who lives a solitary, subsistence lifestyle on Alaska's crazy Kodiak Island. Mike is a very friendly guy, and someday I hope to visit him on Kodiak and rustle up some super seafood and venison. I actually had to contact customers and buy back an Anorak for Mike!
The photo above was taken in January of 2020, shortly after I sent Mike the Anorak and shortly before filming of Mountain Men was suspended due to the virus.
I think this photo was taken before Mike received the Anorak from us. The other gent in the photo is a friend of Mike's who also lives on Kodiak and is wearing a WarriorWool-Program Anorak. It's a sweet coincidence that Mike's friend and Mike's camera crew wear WeatherWool!
For the new (starting June 2021) Season of Mountain Men, Mike is using an outrageous amphibious boat that is a life-changer for him, where getting around on the water is so important.
21 June 2021