Where We Have Been
Covid-19 and its Impact:
2020 has been quite the year, as small businesses everywhere fight to stay alive. Certain industries were affected worse than others, and during the first phase of the outbreak, outdoor recreation companies, in particular, were hit hard. Slowly the industry is coming back, as we learn how to safely coexist and return to our active and adventurous lifestyles. As we get back into the swing of things, we are working to develop and add new products to our store, including a line of limited-edition wildlife masks which we are very excited about!
7 years ago, I, Nate Heegaard, and Chief Outdoors Officer at Gaard One had bi-lateral surgery on my hips that went very south, resulting in permanent nerve damage and severe chronic pain which I still deal with on a daily basis. Since then, I have had many ups and downs, and more surgeries and operations than I can count, in an attempt to relieve my pain and reverse the nerve damage. This past year was particularly challenging due to both the number of days I spent in the hospital and 2 operations in specific that kept me away from working on and building Gaard One. But now I'm back and excited as ever to continue working on building a company and brand I am so fortunate to be a part of.