Piggyback Rider Pro Team – JoePro Ambassadors


The Piggyback Rider® Pro Team JoePro’s are a mix of professionals that are fathers (Pros) and everyday dads (Joes) that serve as Ambassadors for the Piggyback Rider – an innovative child carrier that promotes active outdoors transport for parents with toddlers.  “Our aim is to create a select pro team of dads who embrace the mission of sharing their outdoor experiences with their children,” said Wayne Lifshitz, co-inventor of the Piggyback Rider®.

The Piggyback Rider® is a mutually enjoyable, effortless way to carry a child (2½+ years) on your back. It functions like a backpack, utilizing a shoulder-mounted foot-bar to distribute the child’s weight at your core, enabling a more natural and upright walking posture. The child stands safely on the wide textured foot-bar, holding integrated shoulder handles and secured to the adult by a safety harness.  Built from industry leading climbing components and over-engineered for safety, the Piggyback Rider® is unlike any kid carrier you’ve ever seen.

Erica | Todd | Jake | Buzz | Bill | JB




Erica Lineberry (aka Cragmama)

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Home base Charlotte, NC
Brief bio Steve and Erica Lineberry are avid rock climbers who spend the majority of their weekends scaling cliffs by day and sleeping under the stars by night.  They are both firm believers that starting a family does not mean the end to an active, adventurous lifestyle.  From hiking to biking to climbing to camping, the Lineberrys see life as a series of adventures big and small…sometimes it’s a hard-fought-after summit, and other times it’s enjoying a romp in the leaves with their 3 year old son in the backyard.
Website https://cragmama.com
Facebook Handle https://www.facebook.com/Cragmama
Favorite childhood memory Growing up together, Steve and Erica could be described as childhood sweethearts!  Both have very fond memories of summers spent at youth group camp.
Favorite place New River Gorge, WV
Favorite toy/game Rocks and a puddle of water
Most used piece of gear Climbing harness
Least used piece of gear that you should use more often Skis/snowboard
What’s your basic philosophy? Live, laugh, love.
What do you do for fun? Climb, bike, hike, run, yoga, camp, explore.
Chunky or smooth (peanut butter)? Smooth
What would be your chosen superpower? Spidey sense
Why I applied for the JoePro Team? We think the Piggyback Rider is the perfect tool for that difficult transitional period between the kid-carrier and kid-hiker stages.  Our 3 year old loves to hike, but when he’s done…he’s DONE! The piggyback rider allows for maximal enjoyment AND comfort – which means minimal complaining from everyone!

Todd Hoffard





Home base Lancaster, PA
Brief bio GK Coach – NY Red Bulls.  Former 8 year pro player.  National Director – ONE on ONE Soccer
Website www.ONEonONEsoccer.com
Facebook Handle www.facebook.com/oneononesoccer
Favorite childhood memory Playing sports
Favorite place Charleston, SC
Favorite toy/game My ipad
Most used piece of gear My car (does that qualify?)
Least used piece of gear that you should use more often My bike…
What’s your basic philosophy? Treat others the way that you would like to be treated.
What do you do for fun? Play in the backyard with my kids!
Chunky or smooth (peanut butter)? Neither…my kids are allergic to nuts
What would be your chosen superpower? Invisibility
Why I applied for the JoePro Team? Loved the product and it gives me the opportunity to do things with my kids…and keep my back healthy while doing it!

 Jake Norton

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Jake Norton’s life has revolved around the mountains. His first real climb- Mount Rainier – in 1986 when he was 12, taught Jake that the mountains were his calling. Since then, he has worked as a professional mountain guide and photographer, taking clients up peaks around the world and creating images for top publications.  Jake’s expeditions have taken him to the summits of five of the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson).

Buzz Bishop

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Home Base Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Website BroadcasterGuinness World Record HolderBloggerI’m a Dad. Broadcaster. Writer. Media Disruptor.  My real job is radio host on a classic hits station. I’ve been in radio 22 years. My other job is blogging about tech stuff for Future Shop and Dad’s stuff for Babble.  My kids are Zacharie and Charlie, and I spend every weekend getting out and chasing it with them.
Twitter Handle www.dadcamp.ca
Facebook Handle @dadcamp and @buzzbishop
Other social media handle www.Facebook.com/dadcamp
Brief bio www.buzzbishop.com/blog
Favorite childhood memory Watching my first hockey game with my grandpa at the Montreal Forum in January 1979
Favorite place Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC
Favorite toy/game iPhone
Most used piece of gear iPhone
Least used piece of gear that you should use more often Least used piece of gear: tent
What’s your basic philosophy? Philosophy: dont break the kid.
What do you do for fun? I run for fun, play poker, or I spend time with my boys.
Chunky or smooth (peanut butter)? Smooth peanut butter.
What would be your chosen superpower? Invisibility so I can eavesdrop on people
Why I applied for the JoePro Team? I wanted to involve Charlie in our Dadventures more. He’s younger and can’t keep up, this will get him on pace with everyone else.

Bill Mayer

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Home Base Gardiner, MT
Website www.talesofamountainmama.com
Twitter Handle @mtnmamatales
Facebook Handle https://www.facebook.com/mtnmamatales?ref=tn_tnmn
Other social media handle www.Pinterest.com/mtnmamatales
Brief bio I am a man dedicated to my wife and two boys and the outdoor life we live and love. I work for   Yellowstone National Park in the Wildland Fire department, and ride my bike   everywhere I can. I wish I had more time in the day to explore and spend time   with my family, but take advantage of every moment.  My bucket list is long and diverse.  Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite.
Favorite childhood memory Tons of great memories of   Boy Scout Trips, especially Philmont
Favorite place Jackson, WY
Favorite toy/game A ball (nothing fancy   needed!)
Most used piece of gear My bike
Least used piece of gear   that you should use more often My backcountry skis   aren’t getting as MUCH use as they did before kids, so wish it were more, but   they are still used!
What’s your basic   philosophy? Work hard, play hard,   laugh a lot.
What do you do for fun? Hike, Run, Bike, Ski, and   Camp/travel.
Chunky or smooth (peanut   butter)? Smooth
What would be your chosen   superpower? Able to multiply time…
Why I applied for the JoePro Team? I love being active with my kids and I think the Piggyback Rider can help bridge the gap between kid   in a backpack and kid hiking long distances on their own. Wanted to be able   to show it off!


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Home Base Maple Valley, WA
Website www.ManvDadhood.com
Twitter Handle @ManvDadhood
Facebook Handle www.Facebook.com/manvdad
Brief bio I am a father of 2 (5 and 2.5), and I teach Special Education outside of Seattle. 
Favorite childhood memory I have memories of being young and playing in the dirt, in the field, and on our bikes with my best friend from Sun-up to Sun-down.
Favorite place next to my wife.  I know its cheesy-sunding, but I enjoy knowing that wherever WE are, is home. 
Favorite toy/game Xbox Kinect.  Itis one of the few times I can play with my kids and i dont have to try to let them win. 
Most used piece of gear we use our bike trailer/double stroller most often when tooling around town or going down to Starbucks.
Least used piece of gear that you should use more ooftentimes warmer Wipes warmer and bike seat.
What’s your basic philosophy Talk is cheap.  My challenge to parents, and to myself, is not to teach my kids about the kind of person I hope them to become one day, but to become that person today. 
What do you do for fun? Sleep… Seriously though, I have the most fun wwhen’s have a chance to play with my kids, but I can be so tired that I fall asleep while wrestling them. 
Chunky or smooth (peanut butter)? Chunky
What would be your chosen superpower? Telepathy – Professor X was confined to a wheelchair, but was still one of the most powerful individuals in comics. 
Why I applied for the JoePro Team? My wife loves outdoor activities, and I do to, but I did this so I could be the one to initiate family outings, which I know she will appreciate.