Henry "Ted" Kernan member of Team Spontaneous Khanbustion racing in the 2014 Mongol Rally, and Mountainsmith Brand Ambassador is pictured wearing the Mountainsmith Scream backpack over looking a river gorge.

Occupation or Project Title:

– Geologist, currently doing the Mongol Rally

Description of project:

– We will be driving from London to the capital of Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar! The event is called the Mongol Rally and was conceived by two students in 2004, who tried and failed to drive to Mongolia in their cheap (to be polite) car. They failed, but ever since teams have taken up the challenge. The point is not to get to Mongolia first, or go as fast as possible. Rather, as The Adventurists put it “As more and more of the world gets scanned, bar coded and shoved into a device we once used for talking to other humans, we thought it was time to fight back against the forces of boredom…

It’s time to take radical action. It’s time to draw a line in the Gobi desert sand and shout f*** you health and safety, f*** you modernity.”


– Quito, Ecuador (Yes, from birth through High School)


– October 23, 1986

What inspires you?

– Possibilities. I hate to think that something is impossible, and I make it a point to prove that point.

What is your go to Mountainsmith product?

– Ghost backpack. Small enough to pack in a suitcase, but it can carry everything I need when I need it.

What activities do you participate in?  (ie, hiking, mountain biking, yoga, photography, climbing)

– I think geology should be in that list. I also bike and I program. That doesn’t sound like an active activity, but it actually requires a lot of creativity and world know-how.

Do you own a dog?

– At my parent’s house, yes. He is a wired-haired dachshund. His name is Tuco

Favorite adventure?

– Traveling around the world during spring break. Chris St. Cyr and I drove across the United States, flew to China, took the Trans Siberian Railroad the Moscow, took another train to Lithuania, a ferry to Germany, and hitchhiked to Amsterdam. Finally we flew back through London to New York. You can read about it here http://williamsrecord.com/2007/04/11/ephs-travel-around-the-world-in-16-days/

Go to destination?

– Papua New Guinea. It’s the only country I chose to go back to because it was so interesting. I haven’t been there in a few years though, so I would also say my home country of Ecuador. There is always more to discover!

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