The NATIVE team consists of a wide range of talented individuals who embody our mantra of Roam Free to their core. Like us, they believe there are no limits to who you can be and no end to learning about the world around you. Without further ado, meet Thomas “The Real Hiking Viking” Gatham.


Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Current Location:

Current Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What are some of your favorite places?

Sierra Nevada Mountains California // Wind River Range // The Tetons in Wyoming // San Juan Mountains in Colorado

What’s your favorite jam?

Basically anything by Cherub

I eat a lot of…


If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Too many places! Norway, Patagonia, New Zealand, or Africa.

Fun fact about you?

Served in the US Marine Corps Infantry. Two combat tours in Iraq.

Who sponsors you?

Native Eyewear, Altra, Point6, Princeton Tec, Vargo Titanium

What branch did you serve in?

The United States Marine Corps

What’s your favorite Veterans organization?

My favorite veterans organization is Warrior Expeditions.

What’s your favorite pair of NATIVE shades?

My favorite pair of NATIVE sunglasses are the Eldo Wood with Green Reflex, but I also love the Griz, Sightcaster, and El Jefe, too.

What’s your favorite part about being in the outdoors?

My favorite part of being in the outdoors is that it’s all on you. Nobody out there judging you, watching you. Only the great outdoors to serve you up that slice of humble pie to let you know your place on this big rock hurling through the universe.

Follow along with The Real Hiking Viking’s adventures on INSTAGRAM. (@therealhikingviking)