Owner at North Shore Expeditions
- Duluth, Minnesota Area
Bryan Hansel's Overview
- Owner at North Shore Expeditions
- Owner at Bryan Hansel Photography
- Activities Director at Lutsen Resort
- Assistant Manager, Camping Line Leader at Scheels All Sports
- Park Security, Forestry Aid, Maintenance Worker at City of Iowa City
- Trail Crew Leader at Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Bryan Hansel's Summary
Bryan Hansel’s goal in life is to grow outdoor recreation participation. He’s worked most of his life in the outdoor field in jobs that range from trail building in Iowa’s State Park system, park law enforcement, forestry, leading the camping/paddling/climbing lines in one of the world’s 10 largest sporting good chains, as an outdoor photographer, as a writer, as an ACA kayaking instructor and as a guide. Among personal achievements, he counts thru-hiking the entire 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, climbing Devil’s Tower, paddling the American shorelines of Lake Superior and Lake Huron and solo paddling the old Voyager Route as his favorites. He’s paddled, climbed, and backpacked throughout the US.
Bryan’s photographs and writings have appeared in magazines and newspapers, including Ocean Paddler, Sea Kayaker Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Superior Outdoors, Backpacker, Paddler, Frogpond, Ladies’ Home Journal, North Star Port, Cook County Star, Cook County New Herald, Northern Wilds, Wine Spectator, Minnesota Monthly and Minnesota Today. His images appear on websites, including MPR's Minnesota Today and National Geographic, in brochures, in print advertisements and in commercial publications.
You can see more of his work at www.bryanhansel.com.
Specialties: Outdoor, outdoor portraits and adventure photography, photography instruction, kayak instruction, retail sales and management, program management, purchasing, employee development, nonfiction and creative thinking.
Bryan Hansel's Experience
North Shore Expeditions
2012 – Present (2 years) Grand Marais, Minnesota
Owner of a kayak guiding company devoted to helping customers explore Lake Superior’s north shore by kayak. Developed and successfully executed business plan with stiff competition in the area. Developed risk management plans. Lived the dream.
May 2004 – Present (10 years 5 months)
Fine art landscape, stock, portrait and commercial photographer. Photography instructor for North House Folk School and run photography workshops through area resorts.
Assistant Manager, Camping Line Leader
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Retail industry
December 1997 – March 2004 (6 years 4 months)
Assistant Manager in a 105,000 square foot, $22 million dollar a year store responsible for an average of $1.5 million in yearly store sales. Lead the $7 million camping, climbing, and paddlesport lines across the 22 store chain. Negotiated with all camping, climbing, and paddlesport vendors. Awarded the corporate "E" for Excellence in management award in 1999 and 2001. Developed new leaders through an Assistant Manager training program.
Park Security, Forestry Aid, Maintenance Worker
Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry
April 1993 – November 1997 (4 years 8 months)
Trimmed, planted, and removed trees in parks and right-of-ways. Enforced laws and city ordinances in city parks and public areas. Maintained parks.
Bryan Hansel's Publications
CanoerootsAuthors: Bryan Hansel
Bryan Hansel's Skills & Expertise
- Kayak Instructor
- Digital Photography
- Portrait Photography
- Outdoor Recreation
- Risk Management
- Program Management
- Social Media
- Landscape Photography
- Customer Satisfaction
- Customer Service