What makes Adventure Bound the ideal supplier for your backcountry / outdoor / stand up paddle / kayaking needs? We can sum it up in one word – Authenticity! For us, the outdoor retail industry is more than a business. It’s at the core of who we are.
Adventure Bound brings 40 years of outdoor expertise to Ellicottville. Owner, John Rounds, grew up in Adventure Bound in the 1970’s when his parents owned the store. He broadened his industry knowledge by working first as a manufacturer’s representative for many market-leading outdoor companies, later in senior sales management, and finally as a master distributor in North and South America.
In 1997, John met his wife, Christy at the Outdoor Retailer convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Christy was working in the outdoor industry as the product manager for PUR drinking water systems.
John and Christy spent their honeymoon hiking the Inca Trial in Peru. In the early years of their marriage, they opted to spend their money on international adventures as opposed to living room furniture.
In 2000, the couple had the opportunity to summit Aconcogua, the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. Upon reaching the summit, it is rumored that Christy said, “I’m going to have babies so I don’t have to do this high altitude stuff anymore.” The following year, Gracie was born!
As the Rounds family expanded with the addition of Callie and Christopher, John and Christy continued to share their passion for adventure with their kids through trips to Mexico, Italy, Spain, Dubai, and Thailand.
The opening of Adventure Bound is a natural evolution for the Rounds family as they continue to surround themselves with like-minded adventure-loving staff and customers. We hope you will visit our store and become a part of the Adventure Bound family!