Shaun backpacking in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness at over 10,000ft
In the summer of 2018 Alpen Fuel Founder Shaun Durkee was preparing for a weeklong backpacking trip in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. He wanted to try some healthy new food options from new backcountry brands. But since there wasn't an online resource where he could efficiently get everything at once, Shaun once again settled for whatever the local stores had on hand. Does this sound familiar? We figured there had to be a better way to quickly and economically purchase all of the food products needed for a backcountry trip.
Shaun and his wife Emily started Alpen Fuel in the fall of 2018, and began stocking their online store with many different quality food products from smaller brands. Alpen Fuel began as a small side business while Shaun pursued his engineering career with a laser optics manufacturing company. All Alpen Fuel profits were put towards growing the business. In June of 2020, Shaun was laid off from his job as a result of the economic downturn surrounding COVID-19. After being laid off, Shaun and his wife Emily decided to pursue their passion - grow Alpen Fuel into a full time business. Currently, they are working to develop new backcountry food products and launch them under the Alpen Fuel brand!
Our mission is simple - to be the best food resource for your backcountry adventures. By stocking high quality backcountry fuel products from a wide variety of small companies, as well as creating our own top tier products - we are one stop shop for all of your adventure food!
Shaun and Emily backpacking in SW Montana
Alpen Fuel was founded in September 2018 by Shaun Durkee of Bozeman, Montana. Shaun is a lifelong outdoorsman who spends his free time backpacking, fishing, and hunting throughout Montana. He started backpacking in high school and carried Hot Pockets and t-bone steaks on his first trip.
Shaun's wife Emily Durkee is the Alpen Fuel Store Manager. Emily is originally from Wyoming and enjoys camping, hiking, and fly-fishing small streams with her husband and two young children.