Hello there! We’re Thomas and Samantha Briley, the owners and founders of Gear Up!
When we’re not out delivering adventure to your front door, you can find us rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, or just enjoying all of the outdoor adventure opportunities North Carolina has to offer!
Gear Up's Story
The idea for Gear Up came from a pretty unfortunate event that happened to us in mid-2016. While moving across the country to California for jobs, we had our U-Haul stolen from us only on our second day at our destination. Not only did we lose priceless mementos from our life together, but we also lost every piece of our outdoor gear collection.
Every adventurer knows that your gear collection can take years to accumulate and you spend thousands of dollars in doing so. Also imagine moving to California, with adventure literally in your backyard, and we didn't have the means to enjoy the vast majority of it! We knew buying everything outright would be out of the question, and our friends didn't have enough extra equipment to lend out. If only there were some place we could rent high quality gear to go on the adventures that fill our hearts.
And, so, the idea of Gear Up was born...
While working in the outdoor industry, we’ve seen time and time again people and families wanting to get outside but can’t afford all the gear necessary; especially high quality gear that will withstand rain, wind, and other outdoor elements. Gear Up is the solution for many who want to get outside and enjoy the natural world.
We’re here for you and your wanderlust for adventure. We aim to make the outdoors accessible and sustainable for all by bringing the outdoors, to your door!
We have everything you need to get out camping and backpacking wherever your heart desires; whether it’s deep in the backcountry or in your own backyard. We’re looking at growing in three phases:
- Phase 01: Our Grand Opening! We have essential camping and backpacking gear.
- Phase 02: We will offer paddling gear, such as kayaks, SUP boards, PFDs, dry bags, etc.
- Phase 03: We will launch with mountain bikes and climbing accessories!
More About Thomas and Sam
Adventurous at heart, we met at our university's climbing wall back in 2010 in Greenville, North Carolina. Sam worked at their outdoor program center and Thomas was just an everyday regular guest. As our passion for outdoor adventures grew, so did our love for each other. Now married for almost 4 years, our family has expanded to two adventure dogs and one adventure baby.
We have a combined 15 years of experience in the outdoor industry holding various roles including upper management, directors, and guide positions. We’ve led individuals and large groups on backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, paddling, mountain bike trips, and much more.