Rocking Converse with images of the Joker, Batman, and Catwoman adorned on the sides, Banffite Randy Scriber walks or rides his bike to work — year round. (He switches to a pair of brown leather Converse in the winter.) His philosophy is that people should be outside as much as possible, which is why he uses his two feet as his preferred mode of transportation to get to The North Face, where he’s been the store manager since it opened in 2010.
Originally from Brampton, Ontario, his love for mountain sports brought him to Banff 16 years ago. In the early days, he worked as a breakfast server and as a hotel night manager as to leave plenty of time for adventuring during the day. So much so, that he can recommend his favourite hike, bike, and ski off the top of his head to tourists and locals looking for information at the shop. Lucky for us, he let us in on the list too: hike Cory Pass to the top of Mt. Edith, bike the Highline in Canmore, and ski the Wapta Traverse. Nowadays though, his absolute favourite way to explore is riding his cruiser bike with his wife, Peggy, and their three-year-old son, Liam.
“Humans are meant to love the outdoors and are meant to be roaming outside doing activities that make them feel alive,” Randy says. “That’s why I love living in Banff and why I’m in awe of the mountains every day when I walk or bike to work.”
Connecting to the community through sport, The North Face in Banff promotes getting outside and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by organizing group runs and group bike rides, initiatives Randy is proud the store offers. He’s also proud of how The North Face donates proceeds of their custom t-shirts to the Banff Canmore Community Foundation and how staff help out at the Banff Mountain Film Fest’s climbing events.
“I would describe Randy as a passionately welcoming person who strives to make every relationship count,” The North Face in Banff owner Cam Wilson says. “Whether you’ve known him for years or are meeting Randy for the first time, his deeply genuine desire to be a blessing to others is hard to ignore. That’s the Randy I know and love!”