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Mountain to Sound Outfitters West Seattle Owner Greg Whitaker       


Greg Whittaker is the owner and founder of Mountain to Sound Outfitters and Alki Kayak Tours in West Seattle. He has been working in the ski industry since high school, and began guiding sea kayak tours in 1999 in the San Juan Islands. After a 5-year stint as a project manager working on environmental monitoring and cleanup projects, Greg took the leap to provide the first saltwater-based sea kayak touring operation in the Seattle. Greg started Alki Kayak Tours in 2005 and went back to work ski shops in the winters. In 2007, Greg began the Seattle Ski Shuttle to provide an option for those needing a ride to our local ski areas. In 2009, working with local West Seattle cronies, he found a location and began Mountain to Sound Outfitters in November 2009. Greg has sat as the tourism representative for the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council and was involved in the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program. Greg currently sits on the Washington State Boater Safety Council as well as the Northwest Marine Trade Association Paddlesports Committee.

Providing top-notch gear and advice for people is a passion that continues as he develops additional sustainable tourism opportunities and raises his 2 sons Keller and Elwood with his wife and partner Kara. Mountain to Sound Outfitters is an active member of the West Seattle Business community and supports local and regional programs focusing on kids and environmental issues.


Mountain to Sound Outfitters West Seattle General Manager Heather Woodhams       

HEATHER WOODHAMS - General Manager

Heather started paddling at age 7 in her home state of Maine.  After college, she got serious about kayaking and because a Registered Maine State Guide and led commercial tours.  When she moved to Washington, she brought her passion and experience with her.  She enjoys other sports including SCUBA diving, fishing as well as skiing and snowshoeing.


Mountain to Sound Outfitters West Seattle Sales Associate Richard Laplace       

RICHARD LAPLACE - Sales Associate

Born and raised in the Caribbean, Richard has had a love for marine life for all his life. After pursuing a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology he decided to take a break from higher education and joined us at Mountain to Sound last year as a sales associate and rental staff member, while experiencing snow like the Pacific Northwest intended. This is his second season with us and he looks forward to sharing his love for the water and new found love for snow with anyone who stops by.



Mountain to Sound Outfitters West Seattle Sales Associate Lena Shafer       

LENA SHAFER - Sales Associate

Growing up paddling the Great Lakes of the Midwest, Lena moved to Washington to study Environmental Policy while playing in the ocean and mountains. She has been leading commercial tours since age 18, instructing sea kayaking at the Community Boating Center in Bellingham and guiding multi-day sea kayaking trips with Western's Outdoor Center and Orkila Teen Expeditions. This past winter she lived and worked at Crystal Mountain as a ski technician and is looking forward to another season of chasing powder with pals.


Mountain to Sound Outfitters West Seattle Sales Associate Adam Heintz       

ADAM HEINTZ - Sales Associate

Adam is a Seattle native with a visceral connection to the mountains and sound. Teaching youth snowboarding and living at Snoqualmie Pass during college had a profound impact on his life and inspired him to break into the outdoor industry. He’s been standing sideways as long as he can remember and has worked in the industry since 2011. When he’s not rippin’ around on his longboard, snowboard or SUP you can find him rooting passionately for the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders. He finds freedom and creativity in the mountains; among the trees. One of his goals is to promote the longevity of the sports we sell so that future generations can enjoy the sanctity of spending time outside. He’ll be stoked to see you in the shop and offer his expertise while sharing a laugh or two.


Mountain to Sound Outfitters sales staff member Kendell Tylee       

KENDELL TYLEE - Sales Associate

Kendell grew up in south Seattle, and after roughly 12 years away working across the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia, is thrilled to be back in her hometown. She grew up learning how to snowboard in Snoqualmie and kayak in the San Juans. She is fortunate to have snowboarded in Argentina and trekked through Patagonia. Kendell first worked in the outdoor industry in 2011 in Southern California and loves teaching and community engagement.



POSEIDON - Marketing

Poseidon has been at Mountain to Sound Outfitters since December of 2015.  He is usually found in the middle of the walkway or on the top step to the office.  Like his sister Hera, he enjoys lounging around the shop and saying hi to people stopping by.  His favorite food is peanut butter and he enjoys laying beneath the maple tree at home.   



HERA - Receiving

Hera came to Mountain to Sound Outfitters in January of 2018 from Southern California.  She enjoys spending time with her brother Poseidon and her friend Otis.  She spends her day lounging around the shop and always enjoys saying hi to new friends who come in the store.  Be sure to say hi to her when she is in the shop!