James Retty

As the owner of The Escape Route my story is the least important.  Our staff make us.

Growing up in Ottawa and travelling many weekends to our family farm I gained an appreciation for the outdoors early on.   Working as a raft guide and ski patroller introduced me to many like minded adventurers. I then moved to Switzerland for 5 years and firmly rooted my interests in ski touring, climbing and sailing.  Returning to Canada and moving to Whistler seemed like the right thing to do and that is when my relationship with the Canadian outdoor industry started.  As a sales rep for Sierra Designs, the North American Sales manager for ARC’TERYX and the sale director for a snow sports distributor called ROI,  I was introduced to many outdoor shops across our continent.   I was fortunate enough to bring the best of these shops back to the Escape Route in Whistler.  We grew our business to be a multiple shop operation based in Whistler and Squamish.   Over the last 25 years we have established great relationships with our key brands and with thousands of back country travellers and adventurers.

This great lifestyle has allowed Donna and I to raise 4 amazing children in this atmosphere and cement connections and friendships in the Coast Mountains.  How lucky am I!