Find us at these Events!

March 20th, 2019
Wilderness Wednesday #2! - Tick Prevention by UOU Outdoors
Location: High Tor - 1717 Allied St
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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April 9th, 2019
Paddling Film Festival
Location: Random Row Brewing
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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April 13th, 2019
Rocky Top Rumble - Climbing Competition
Location: RockTop - 1729 Allied St
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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April 17th, 2019
Wilderness Wednesday #3! - Camping Essentials 101 UOU Outdoors
Location: High Tor - 1717 Allied St
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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May 15th, 2019
Wilderness Wednesday #4! - Map Reading UOU Outdoors
Location: High Tor - 1717 Allied St
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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RESCHEDULED to February 27, 2019
*An evening of celebration of and introduction to UOU Outdoors
Location: High Tor - 1717 Allied St
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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March 1, 2019
*Close to Home, an environmental art show!
Location: High Tor - 1717 Allied St
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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November 1, 2018
*An evening of Free Workshops Hosted by Outdoors At UVa
Location: 1717 Allied St
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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October 11, 2018
*Gallery reception with adventure photographer Kenton Steryous* 
Hosted by Kenton Steryous & High Tor Gear Exchange
Location: 1717 Allied St
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Sept 26, 2018
*It's a Free Party at High Tor!* 
Hosted by Yelp & High Tor Gear Exchange
Location: 1717 Allied St
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Aug 3-5, 2018
*Tax Free Weekend and Summer Clearance Sale!* 
Hosted by High Tor Gear Exchange & Rethreads
Location: 1717 Allied St
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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June 3, 2018
*Kids & Nature Festival* 
Hosted by Little Planets 
Location: IX Art Park
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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June 10, 2018
*CUDO's Mad Hatter Tournament* 
hosted by Charlottesville Ultimate Disc Organization
Location: Pleasant Grove Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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June 23, 2018
hosted by DC UL Backpacking 
Location: Elizabeth Furnace Group Campsite in the George Washington National Forest
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April 28 + 29, 2018
*Battle In Blue Ridge - Disc Golf Tournment* 
hosted by Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club
Location: Wallnut Creek Park
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April 25, 2018
*Wild & Scenic Film Festival*
hosted by Wild Virginia
Location: Violet Crown Cinema
Time: 7:00p.m.
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April 20, 2018
*UVA Earth Week Clothing Swap* 
hosted by Sustainability UVA
Location: IX Art Park
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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March 24 + 25 2018
*High To Gear Exchange Grand Opening Weekend* 
hosted by High Tor Gear Exchange
Location: 1717 Allied St
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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January 16, 2018
*Entrepreneurs and Espresso* 
hosted by The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, Community Investment Collaborative, CvilleTrep LLC, i.Lab at UVA, Charlottesville Virginia Small Business Development Center
Location: i.Lab at UVA
Time: 8:00 a.m.
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Workshops hosted by High Tor

History & Evolution of the Mountain Bike hosted by Ken Margolius
Join curator Ken Margolius for an evening discussing the history and evolution of the mountain bike. The featured exhibit, on display at High Tor Gear Exchange, traces the origins and evolutions of the mountain bike, from its earliest roots in the 1930's, through the beginnings of the industry in the1980's. The seven artfully displayed bicycles stand alongside an historical timeline including dates and detailed descriptions of the bikes and the events that collectively defined the sport of mountain biking as we know it. 

Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail hosted by Emily Herman & Marissa Kubinyak
If the idea of continuously charging up and down mountains for a couple thousand miles through sun, snow, and everything in between sounds like your cup of ramen, this workshop is for you!

Cooking In The Backcountry hosted by Andrew Eaton
From how to choose the right stove for your needs, to building the basics of your backcountry kitchen, this workshop will light a fire under your next camping and cooking adventure! We will cover basic meal planning and preparation, in addition to cold camping and minor stove repair.  

Bicycle Maintenance hosted by Kyle Rodland
Learn how to get your bike from the dusty corner of the garage out onto the streets or trail. We’ll go over basic bike maintenance and safety, and will cover things that anyone can do at home or out in the wild.  

Trip Preparation hosted by Darius Nabors & Emily Herman
Want to head out on an adventure but feel overwhelmed by the logistics and possible challenges you’ll face? In this workshop we’ll share a few of our favorite trip planning tips and tricks to hopefully make your next journey seem less daunting and more doable.

Packing A Pack hosted by George Mackaronis
Learn how to properly and effectively organize and pack your backpack, both for overnights and day trips. Save weight, maximize your comfort, and stay organized!

Map Reading hosted by George Mackaronis
One of the most essential skills for any outdoor adventurer who spends time in the backcountry! Learn how to get the most out of your maps and stay safe in the wilderness!

Gear Maintenance & Repair - hosted by Marissa Kubinyak
Learn preventative cleaning and storage care to improve the longevity of your gear, and cover basic differences between glues, tapes, and stitching techniques for common minor repairs.

Waterproofing & Material Care - hosted by Marissa Kubinyak
Learn the differences between common outdoor industry fabrics, how best to wash and maintain them, and when to use different types of waterproofing to restore their water resistant properties. 

What to look for when buying a used bike hosted by Ken Margolius
Learn the basics of how to evaluate the working condition of a used bike, and how to determine its appropriateness for your use. Common problems and things to steer clear of will be covered. Bring your questions and/or bikes.

Hosted by


Ken Margolius

Ken credits a childhood spent immersed in gardens, old fields, meadows, and woods for leading him to his later studies and work in the fields of horticulture, agriculture and landscape design. 

More often than not however, he can be found immersed in projects having to do with old bikes or old boats. Ken has a recent past as a bike shop owner/mechanic, teaches a class on theory and practice for aspiring bike mechanics, is a resident old bike enthusiast, and is active in the rescue and restoration of fine vintage bicycles. Among Ken's favorite places to bike are the dirt backroads of Central Virginia or Northern Vermont. 

An avid, although now landlocked, sailor, Ken spent 4 years working aboard a 1906 sloop on Lake Champlain, during which time he also volunteered with the local maritime museum to build and launch an 88' schooner, and traveled the New England coast researching old workboats. He gets his open water fix these days most often in and around the Chesapeake Bay.             

Ken is perhaps best known around town for being the 'keeper' of the decade ride. 


Emily Herman

Emily spent the first twenty years of her life in the beautiful rolling hills of New York’s Finger Lakes region, but knew she’d end up in Charlottesville one day after marking the city with the X of a cross-country cycling trip and an AT thru-hike. She’s spent the past seven summers working as a naturalist/guide in Alaska, and the past seven winters exploring some truly beautiful places. Her weapons of choice are SmartWool and her Brooks Cascadias, and she has used them to tackle trails all over the world - most recently Spain’s Camino de Santiago. She is stoked to be part of the High Tor team and is currently enjoying paying rent for the first time in eight years while deciding on her next adventure.


Andrew Eaton 

Andrew is a lead guide and co-owner of Greenstone Adventures. He is from Chesapeake, Virginia and has been living and exploring in central Virginia for 8 years. Andrew has experience backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering in our country's most beautiful mountain ranges. He spent two seasons as a backpacking instructor and counselor for the historic Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colorado, where he led high school age boys on 3 and 5-day backpacking trips into Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Marissa Kubinyak

A class of 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Marissa has continued to explore and backpack the eastern United States as a weekend warrior. She is currently a merchandising professional at Great Outdoor Provision Company, and volunteering her time to repair gear at High Tor Gear Exchange in an effort to prevent the gear that helps us experience nature from ending up in landfills.


George Mackaronis

George is the founder and co-owner of Greenstone Adventures, as well as a lead guide. He is from Mclean, Virginia where he grew up camping and exploring Great Falls Park and Catoctin Mountain Park with his family. He has been an avid backpacker and climber for over 10 years, and he has taught those skills in various guide and teaching positions since 2011.

George moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2012 and is currently in his fourth year teaching at Free Union Country School. George teaches pre-K through 5th grade Physical and Environmental Education at Free Union, and helps lead the Free Union nature and sports camps. 


Darius Nabors

In 2015 Darius Nabors planned a 59 week trip to visit all 59 National Parks and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. He created the itinerary using Google Docs and Google Maps. Come to this talk to learn about the benefits of color coded excel sheets and how to plan out a structure that will allow you both be planned and be spontaneous at the same time.

Kyle Rodland is an amazing person, explorer, and teacher. The site will be updated with his bios and photo later this week.