Our Staff

We want to be more than just an outdoor gear shop, we want to be a place you trust for honest advice from people who are passionate about being outside and know the gear they are talking about. From properly fitted boots and packs to technical outerwear to the best “secret” hike or climb, we are here to answer your questions and help you enjoy outdoor adventure as much as we do.

Any day you walk in the shop one of these four great people — plus a variety of other helpful staff members — will be available to answer your questions. Employees at Babbitts want you to enjoy your time in Flagstaff as much as they love living here!

Keith Harris

Owner of Babbitts Backcountry.

Keith started at the shop as a manager in 1995 and then bought the shop from Jim Babbitt in 2011. As a local, born and raised in Flagstaff, he can answer any question you can throw at him about the region and activities to do. Keith is always out adventuring with his family like kayaking on Lake Powell, fly fishing, hunting and backpacking. This is a family that plays in the outdoors.

Matt Gentile

Manager- Climber extraordinaire.

Matt can help you get whatever product you need and answer all your questions about great local spots. If he’s not in the shop, he is out bouldering probably in his favorite spot, the Hinterlands. Matt is sponsored by Hippy Tree, VLine Crash pads as well as being featured in many magazines and websites. Check out his own blog, rooftownbouldering.blogspot.com.

David West

Grew up in Western Colorado and began hiking, camping and snowboarding at a very young age. He has a true love of outdoor adventure. Now with a wife and two kids, experiences have taken on a different look, but he can answer questions about the best gear for hiking in the San Jan mountains in Colorado, day hikes with kids on the San Francisco peaks or what you need for climbing and skiing in the region. Dave wants to share his knowledge.

Mercedes Friend

A great local girl who has not only a huge passion for the outdoors but for music as well. She is involved with so with our community and making Flagstaff a better place. Because she has her hands in many places this feeling translates into her love of the outdoors and she is a jack of all trades. Ask her about climbing gear, where to hike, where to bike or where to get a great cup of coffee.

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