Columbia searched through thousands of candidates to find two people who embody toughness. They had to be mentally tough, physically tested, and great storytellers. But more than anything, they had to be up for an unknown adventure. And we’ve found the perfect people to do just that. Let us introduce you to Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, Lauren Steele and Zach Doleac.
Lauren Steele is a Midwestern farm girl turned migrant. She is a writer who knows that the unknowns in life make for the best stories – and for the most amazing adventures. Her career began writing and editing for publications such as Outside, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine. Chasing those stories from Chile to Switzerland have prepared her to become Columbia Sportswear’s Director of Toughness.
Zach Doleac is an adventure and sports photographer born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After college, he teamed up with K2 Skis as the company's Global Team Manager and Photographer. Recently, Zach accepted the position of Director of Toughness at Columbia Sportswear to travel the globe putting our gear to the test!