I love being outside, especially with my Chacos on. I grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains backpacking, paddling, and exploring its caves. I have lived in the greater Knoxville area all my life with the exception of going to Berea College in Kentucky for my bachelors degree.

I love working with people and have found a love in sharing the outdoors with others. I teach kayaking, outdoor activities, wilderness leadership and outdoor instructorship at Carson-Newman University where I have been for 6 years. I manage a zip line as well as a high and low ropes course in the Knoxville area where I get to work with teens and introduce them to the outdoors as part of my BOLD (Basics of Leadership Development) program. This program also includes excursions in which kayaking and overnight camping is a big part.

I seek adventure locally and abroad and take every chance I can to travel and experience the world as much as I can. I am always up for a challenge and I believe that the right team can do anything they put their mind to.  I am very excited to be a part of the Chaco Ambassador team and to see where this journey takes me.


About Tommy Clapp: An avid kayaker, ropes course instructor, and lover of the outdoors, Tommy lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle. Working as an outdoor educator he gets the opportunity to use the world as his classroom and his well-worn Chacos are with him every step of the way.



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