The KAC Pack Pulse

The KAC Pack Pulse

The "KAC Pack" -- all pulsating togethe!

The “KAC Pack” — all pulsating together!

By Staffer Connor Eckhout

We work together, we live together, we eat together, we adventure together.

We work together, we live together, we eat together, we adventure together. Since day one our adventure company has thrived on the foundation of community. There’s no “I” in Keweenaw Adventure Company (KAC), but there sure is a “we”. The idea of togetherness is something we take pride in protecting and emphasizing here at KAC, because frankly, not a single one of us could run this business ourselves (well, perhaps exceptions to Sam). The nature of a kayak, cycling and hiking guide service can be rough and tumble, even on a good day. Throw in an outfitting and retail shop, a shuttle service and a handful of bike mechanics and some might say we have the recipe for an organizational nightmare. Luckily for us we don’t run our business quite like the rest.

Each day at the adventure company brings its own unique trials for the “KAC Pack.” With fourteen highly trained staffers the practice of “strategic improvisation” has become the number one skill in each of our tool boxes. Adapting to the ever changing demand for tour groups, weather conditions, holidays, and even at times emergencies, keeps each of us on our toes and is a huge part of what make our jobs both so exciting and rewarding.

Flexibility and commitment are the lifeforce of our operation.

Flexibility and commitment are the lifeforce of our operation. Our communal lifestyle allows us to better understand our personalities and how to play off one another’s unique strengths. Whenever something unexpected comes our way the KAC Pack excels with dividing and conquering. The end result is a highly efficient, highly adaptable working machine.

Our goal at KAC is to ensure safety and efficiency in all our adventures and business endeavors.

Our goal at KAC is to ensure safety and efficiency in all our adventures and business endeavors. To function as a unit and provide support for not only ourselves, but to our customers. We do this through our commitment to each other. At KAC communal care comes in many bizarre flavors. Sometimes it’s a simple reminder to drink water on a hot day. Other times it’s muscling the employee who was too busy for lunch out of the shop for a break. It’s covering shifts, working late hours, and doing each other’s grocery shopping. Here at the shop our family has a pulse, a vibe. We do it together because it’s the only way we know. At the Keweenaw Adventure Company we call it the “KAC Pack Pulse” — and we are all in tune.

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