Business in Boardshorts Podcast
EP19 – Nathan Ackerman and Austin Gongos


Release Date: March 31, 2021

Location: Hancock, MI

Guest Name: Nathan and Austin

Business Name: Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear

Business Website:

Overview: Engineers by training, Trampers by trade.

Trampers = a person who travels by foot for exercise or pleasure

Nathan and Austin met during their first year of college, studying Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech, and have gone on many adventures together since. They hiked the PCT with their first homemade backpacks after graduating in 2018 and decided they had something to offer the Ultralight community. Nathan and Austin put their degrees to use by making gear that rides the line between lightweight and durable. Since starting the business with fanny packs and backpacks, they have grown to make fully framed packs, day packs, wallets, camera bags, and other accessories for the hiking enthusiast.

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