Employee Spotlight: Nate Wheeler

Your Name & Store:

Nate Wheeler: Trailblazer Branford (but spent many years at the Mohegan Sun location)


Preston, CT

How do you spend your days?

Teaching Latin to high schoolers inGroton,CT, catching daylight whenever possible and coaching Lacrosse

What are your hobbies?

White water kayaking, skiing, surfing, cycling, and photography

The best meal I’ve ever had was?

Oyster shooters with linguine in clam sauce

What superhero power do you wish you had?


Piece of gear that you couldn’t live without?

(Sheepishly) Sperry Topsiders

If you could be any animal what would you be?

A Sea Lion because I love being in the water and they seem like they have a lot of fun

Dream vacation?

New Zealand because it is a place where you can ski and surf in the same day

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would the title be?

The Life and Times of Nate Wheeler: You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea


Denali and Trailblazer have formed a family of independent outdoor stores located in New Haven, Trumbull, Branford, CT, at Mohegan Sun and in Wakefield, RI. Our stores feature clothing, footwear and gear from The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Horny Toad, Woolrich, UGG, Merrell, New Balance and more. We strive to fulfill all the outdoor needs of our customers with premier product selections as well as offering vast knowledge of the industry. Visit Trailblazer or Denali today and find everything you need for your adventures.

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