MEET THE K2 TEAM

OUR PASSIONATE TEAM OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERTS

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

Winton Flesser OWNER

After running family camping shops in the early 1980s, towards the close of the decade Winton opened the first installment of his K2 trajectory. Along with business partners with similar passions, Winton created K2 Base Camp, a specialist outdoor, rock-climbing and adventure gear store. Soon after, Winton took over the reins of K2 Base Camp in a solo capacity and has since taken the enterprise from strength to strength. K2 Base Camp is an expression not only of Winton’s deep love for nature and the outdoors, but also his need for adventure. Though never unfulfilled in his past years in business, Winton stays motivated (in his words, “keeps his brain balanced”) by returning to nature as often as possible to feed his soul, for balance and well-being.

Lisle

Lisle Balea GENERAL MANAGER

Lisle enjoys hiking the glasshouse mountains, bushwalks, chasing waterfalls and leaping into rockpools every chance she gets. Her love for travel kicked in at a young age and she’s now journeyed across more than 60 countries with plenty more to come. She lives a calm lifestyle but has an ‘adrenalin junkie’ side to her that’s pushed her to do canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding, hang-gliding, skydiving, quad biking, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and anything that sounds adventurist and exciting.

What is your dream travel destination? Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

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Sean Kennedy STORE MANAGER

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY THRU HIKING

Sean spent most of his adult life thru-hiking in the Himalayas of Nepal and India, The Peruvian, Chilean, and Argentinian Andes, and the high plateaus of Tasmania. He has also tramped and climbed in New Zealand. When it is too hot to walk, you will usually find him on a longboard at Noosa National Park.

Joseph

Joseph Law CLIMBING MANAGER

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY ADVENTURE CLIMBING

With a wealth of experience, Joseph is our all-around climbing brain trust. With a huge sense of adventure, Joseph has climbed and traveled all over the world.

What is your dream adventure? La Fiesta Del Los Biceps, Spain

Phoebe

Phoebe Appleby E-COMMERCE MANAGER

Phoebe first discovered her love for adventure as a five-year-old on an ambitious family adventure of Carnarvon Gorge. She came to K2 from an ethical fashion background and has a passion for sustainable gear and outdoor adventure wear. You will often find Phoebe hanging on a cliff photographing someone's epic adventure.

Favourite adventure movie? Into The Wild

kEVIN

Kevin Reilly FLOOR MANAGER

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY MULTI DAY BUSHWALKING

Kevin considers himself a wanderer having lived in 4 different countries by the age of 10 (6 and counting!) His current goal is to complete a multi-day bushwalk in every State and Territory in Australia. When not planning bushwalks to Tassie and Japan he's adding more to his bucket list. Check out Kevin's Trip Reports on our Blog!

Favourite trail snack? A cup of tea

Manny

Manny More MARKETING & COMMUNITY

Manny’s passion for climbing sparked when he went on a date to the local climbing gym and forgot he went there with someone and instead continued climbing for the rest of the day. He’s passionate about the sport and you can find him climbing at the popular crags around SE Queensland. 

Must have on an adventure? A beer, I always take 1 beer

Nadine

Nadine Green INVENTORY MANAGER

Nadine's love for the snow found her living and working in Thredbo, then following the snow overseas to America and Canada for over 10 years. Now calling Brisbane home, Nadine is enjoying exploring SEQ. 

Must have when travelling? A versatile jacket

Miranda

Miranda Fittock GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY MULTI-DAY ADVENTURES

Miranda discovered the world of hiking and rock climbing through the outdoor club at her University. She has now lost count of the number of multi-day hikes she has ticked off, but is always planning for the next one. Climbing is also a big part of her life, her next goal is to get into mountaineering so she can take her adventures to the next level and combine her love of hiking and climbing.

What is your dream adventure? Faroe Islands, Iceland

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Jai Mataira GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY SPORT CLIMBING

Borne in Christchurch, Jai developed an interest in adventure sports, which grew into a passion for technical adventure gear and industrial design along with an obsession for sport climbing.

Dawson

Matthew Dawson GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY SPORT CLIMBING

If you are looking for Matt, check Coolum Cave. Matt is an avid cave climber and indoor boulderer while occasionally taking a break from climbing to study. 

Favourite crag snack? Coffee

Mat Young

Mat Young GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY TRAD CLIMBING

Mat is a passionate (obsessed) climber. His experience has evolved over the last decade from indoor climbing to trad adventure routes all around the country. Mat is pushing his climbing further all the time and hopes to reach bigger and bigger mountain objectives. 

Caitlyn

Caitlyn Larkin GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY MOUNTAIN SCRAMBLING

Mt. Barney born and bred, Caitlyn grew up at the base of the 4th highest mountain in Queensland into a family of adventurers. Caitlyn is at home scrambling big mountains, has a huge knowledge of the trails around South East Queensland and the gear to get you there. 

Pasang

Pasang Sherpa GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY RETIRED SHERPA

Pasang spent many years guiding treks throughout Nepal and is the second longest-standing staff member at K2 of 16 years. 

Must have on an adventure? A good pair of hiking boots with ankle support

Ainsley

Ainsley Badman WAREHOUSE

Ainsley is K2's snack queen, when the team is looking for new trail/ crag snack options Ainsley is their go-to gal.  

Carter

Carter Heading GEAR EXPERT

ADVENTURE SPECIALTY TRAIL RUNNING

Carter loves mixing his love for fitness with the outdoors, often seen in and around Mt Coot-tha. He loves nothing more than exploring new places, wildernesses and new trails to run.

Must have on an adventure? Jelly Beans

Brendan Bowden WAREHOUSE

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