For decades SCARPA has been making products for athletes who reach extremes in the world of mountain adventure. But that’s not all they do, and many of the people who are a part of the international SCARPA family avoid extremes, and focus more on balance, body and a healthy way of life. So is the case for Gina Pedrett, SCARPA’s production designer, who is a central character in the company’s everyday goings on. The active wife, mother of two, and engaged outsdoorswoman has her own goals and her own rewards, which are every bit as valuable to the fabric of the SCARPA lifestyle. Let’s hear what she has to say.
You’ve been in the outdoor industry for a while. Did you always think you’d end up in this kind of work? I moved here from Missouri a week after college graduation, and first and foremost, I needed a way to support myself. After several stints and layoffs with “dot com” start-ups, I began my search for a different industry. I found an ad from Backcountry Access, and got my foot in the door there. I wouldn’t say I sought out this industry in the beginning, but now that I’m here, I’m a bit spoiled and can’t imagine going back to high-tech. It’s definitely more suitable to my lifestyle and attitude.