Our very first DOGSQUAD was launched in December 2022. The DOGSQUAD is a bunch of legends who are coffee fiends, obsessed with the outdoors and are happy to share their adventures online in order to inspire more people to get outdoors!
Each DOGSQUAD member is hand selected based on their love for the brew, their adventurous life and their willingness to promote the outdoors and inspire their audience to get out and live life! They all receive free coffee and merch every month for 3 months in exchange for sharing their adventures with the coffee on their social media platforms.
Applications for the DOGSQUAD open in February, May, August & November
Madi Cate lives in FNQ and is a survival skills instructor in the RAAF. Madi grew up with an outdoorsy family and spent most of her weekends and school holidays out bush, perfectly equipping her for solo travel in her Jimny & teardrop trailer.
Greatest outdoors memory: Travelling through Cape York in her Suzuki Jimny, she did all of the challenges including Gunshot!
Most important gear: Her teardrop trailer! Luxury for some but after 8 years in the military, the trailer is so worth it, also a Thermocell to repel biting bugs.
Luke Vandenberg lives in VIC and is an all rounder, working on farms, freelance videography and youth work. He's no stranger to the outdoors, growing up camping with his parents evolved into hitch hiking across Australia & living remotely in the bush in his 20s. Now a family man, Luke enjoys wild camping with his 3 kids, passing on the love for the outdoors to them.
Greatest outdoors memory: Living completely off the land on a remote far north QLD beach for two weeks and getting rained out in a cyclone. Also climbing some of the snow capped mountains in East Africa where he lived for 10 years!
Most important gear: A pipe and a fresh batch of cherry vanilla tobbacco :)
Brett Meldrum lives in NSW and is a Farm Manager. Brett has been working on the land from an early age and got to experience fishing, hunting and camping with his grandfather and now will be passing on these experiences with his kids.
Greatest outdoors memory: A bowhunting accomplishment. Taking his first animal with a bow. A good billy goat that he hunted all day in hard steep gorge country.
Most important gear: His bow!
Kelli Willmer lives in NSW and is the Head of Commercial Office for a tech company. Kelli grew up in the mid north of South Australia & roamed around a lot because her father was a shearer. Her travel gang includes her partner Gursu (a two hatted chef) and her 12yr old Mini Dachshund & 11yr old English Staffy.
Greatest outdoors memory: All of those created on long road trips with hardly any time constraints, where they can really explore a place and simply be away from their hectic city lives.
Most important gear: Knowing the recovery gear is on board is a big relief! And also the porta loo!
Jason Menzies lives in QLD and is a Geologist working in the mines. Originally from NZ, Jason was introduced to the outdoors by his dad and now really enjoys solo missions to reset his body & mind.
Greatest outdoors memory: Quitting his job back in 2011 and spending 6 months hunting the length of New Zealand with a great mate. Six months of hunting all seven species of deer in New Zealand as well as Tahr, Chamois, pigs and goats
Most important gear: A camera. Never missing the opportunity to capture adventures in photo and video form.
Joe Jackson lives in QLD and is an Account Manager for a tech company. Joe enjoys going on adventures with his fiance and their two French Bulldogs. The outdoors is the perfect antidote for his busy life in the city.
Greatest outdoors memory: His most recent visit to K'gari - Fraser Island. He planned the trip as a surprise to propose to his now fiancé, Bianca.
Most important gear: The Oz Braai from Camp Braai. Perfect for simple cooking on the fire. It's super versatile, compact and fits in the dish washer when you get home.
Lachlan Wallace lives in QLD and works in construction. Lachlan grew up holidaying in the outdoors with his family and now focuses on chasing adventures with his girlfriend Em and his dog, RIP.
Greatest outdoors memory: Would have to be chasing Barra in the NT during the run off. They caught 9 Barra in about 3-4 hours! 1 x 1m, 3x 90cm, 3x 80cm & 2x 70cm. It was an insane session!
Most important gear: Matches, can’t go without a good fire
Aaron Whitaker lives in SA and is a Heavy Diesel Mechanic and keen hunter who has been exploring the outdoors since he was a kid. For the most part Aaron embarks on solo hunts but can't say no to a good camp with his family & friends.
Greatest outdoors memory: Taking his partner and newborn baby into Arnhem land on their first family holiday hunting buffalo and spending time with amazing people! The craziest memory is when a mate invited him on an African hunting trip.. with 1.5 months notice! Thought about it for 3 days & decided it had to be done.
Most important gear: Some form of navigation (especially in new areas) and some form of medical supplies for the solo/remote adventures.
Elsa Hsieh lives in QLD and is in Marketing & Customer Care. Elsa, her partner Roy and their Border Collie Ruby stepped into the outdoors 3 years ago with their first ever camp with friends and haven't looked back. Finding plenty of great pet friendly camps to go on and creating epic content to share their adventures.
Greatest outdoors memory: A hilarious memory that's probably easier to laugh at now, was on their first ever camp, they forgot to bring a towel to wipe down Ruby after a splash in mud so they ended up with a new tent full of mud!
Most important gear: A camera for capturing videos and photos while travelling & camping.