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THE TEAM AT K2

K2 Base Camp in Fortitude Valley beats with the collective heart and soul of its founder Winton Flesser and well-informed team, as they help like-minded adventurers on their merry way. Founded on the basis of a genuine love for adventure and the outdoors, K2 is structured around the catch cry “Let all of your challenges come from the adventures you undertake and not from the gear you have chosen”.

The locally owned and run K2 Base Camp has been helping adventurers experience, explore and succeed for 20 years now with a passionate team and top quality climbing gear. The K2 team are only genuine outdoor enthusiasts – people “who live it, breathe it, talk it, and know it inside out”. From its faithful perch on Fortitude Valley’s Wickham Street, K2 has become a Brisbane institution for those at home in the outdoors, local adventure-seekers and a myriad of backpackers and explorers alike.


 

Winton Flesser - Owner

Winton-Flesser

After running family camping shops in the early 1980s, towards the close of the decade Winton opened the first instalment 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 28 years in business, Winton stays motivated (in his words, “keeps his brain balanced”) by returning to nature on a regular basis.

Photo: Machu Picchu, Peru

Daniel Laing - General Manager

Daniel-Laing

Daniel started climbing on the Scottish sea cliffs with his Dad and a school friend as a teenager and has been hooked ever since. He has climbed extensively in the UK, Spain and Australia, with some shorter trips to other destinations thrown in as well. He enjoys climbing both trad and sport equally and has been known to do some winter climbing and DWS too. When not climbing he spends his time getting into nature in other ways, such as, hiking and running.  

Photo: Climbing in the Grampians, Vic, Australia

Jack Mattinson - Assistant Manager

Jack believes that the heart of climbing lies in your first climbing experience: You start at the bottom and as you commence your vertical journey, the world around you collapses and there is nothing left but the climbing. You will find Jack seeking out 'type two fun' at Frog buttress, plodding up snow capped peaks in New Zealand or jamming splitter cracks in Indian Creek. Jack has made some of his closest friendships whilst tied into the sharp end. He is always up for a chat no matter your next adventure.

Photo: Celebrating a successful ascent at the summit of Mt Cook, New Zealand.

Chris Green - Marketing and Web

Chris can usually be found swinging from a rope in the mountains with his friends. He started his climbing adventures over a decade ago and since then he has developed a joy for slacklining & minimalist camping. To top off his adventures he enjoys a fresh cup of coffee on the summit.

Photo: Climbing Dinosaur at our very own Kangaroo Point right here in Brisbane, Australia.

Kevin Reilly - Customer Service and Warranties

By age 10 Kevin had lived in 4 different countries (currently 6 and counting!). He considers himself to be a wanderer and when not planning bushwalks to Tassie or Japan he’s adding more to his bucket list. His current goal is to do a multi-day bushwalk in every state and territory in Australia. True to his nature he believes doctors should prescribe ‘outdoors’ instead of drugs!

Justin Wallis - Climbing Manager

Growing up in Brisbane with a thirst for learning and challenging himself, first through gymnastics and acrobatics, then martial arts and after years of skating he competed at the first extreme games in Australia in the late 1990’s. Not long after this he injured his back, and this led me into more body and mind awareness through more physical movement to manage the injury. He found and loved rock climbing to be an intensive focus of mind, the moment, and self-expression. He now enjoys teaching climbing and stretching and motivates many others toward their journey. He also enjoys slack lining and teaching at Splendor in the grass each year. He is currently an active member of the Brisbane rock climbing club and the Australian climbing association of QLD (ACAQ).

Todd Herriott - Team Member

Whether it’s out in the mountains, clinging to rocks or delving into salt water, Todd finds himself exploring South East Queensland in a variety of ways. Todd has spent a vast amount of time from an early age discovering and interacting with the outdoors both around Australia and across the globe. With his energy and passion devoted to rock climbing, mountaineering, trail running, diving and surfing, a new adventure, experience or piece of gear is never afar for Todd.He is always looking to expand his knowledge and skills for tackling the outdoors.

Photo: Packrafting down the picturesque Eglinton River, Firodland, New Zealand.

Pasang Sherpa- Team Member

Claire George - Team Member

Claire is passionate about nature and loves any activity that gives her the opportunity to get out and play in it.  She has travelled extensively both within Australia and abroad seeking out adventure of all varieties - from hiking in Bavaria, mountain biking in Nepal, to bouldering in font, or just having a swim at enoggera dam, she is happiest when she’s outdoors...if there is a dog around too, that helps. 

Miranda Fittock - Team Member

Miranda discovered the world of hiking and rock climbing only recently in the last few years through the outdoor club at her University. After just a small taste of it she was addicted, and has been jumping from one adventure to the next. Becoming the hiking leader for her club gave her greater opportunities to explore and expand her skills. She has lost count of the number of multi day hikes she has ticked off now, but is always planning for the next one. Climbing is also a big part of her life, especially after recently discovering the puress and adventure of trad climbing, and so frequents the local crag Frog Buttress, a crack climbers dream, when she can. 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.

David Thorpe- Team Member

Our team member David is a Brisbane climber who enjoys the finer things in, life like the short and powerful battles of bouldering. Dave has spent his last few years studying but has managed to climb, ski, and hike in Australia, Canada and Europe. He gets inspired by high-quality overhung climbing and runs on 100% pure stoke as a K2 team member to help others achieve their climbing goals.

Photo: Dave cranking hard up 'The Nevin Rule' in the Grampians National Park, Victoria.

Paul Bucher - Team Member

It's all about the moment for Paul. Always keen for adventure and good times.Loves, rock climbing, surfing, camping, hiking and everything that involves fun nature activities.Originally from Mexico, came to Australia in search of the remote and unexplored.

Manny More - Marketing and Web

Multimedia and Animation professional with skills in marketing, design, videography and administration. 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 or playing computer games on his days off.

Photo: Soloing up the caves route of Mount Tibrogargin on the Sunshine Coast.

Casey Holding - Administration 

Amanda Munro - Warehouse Team