Jake grew up in the mountains of Colorado, in a little town called Conifer. He grew up camping and hiking in the Rockies and dreaming of getting into bigger adventures. His path to the outdoors was the Scouts, completing many winter trips, a 10-day backpacking trip in New Mexico, 8 days canoeing in the Boundary Waters, and camping on an uninhabited island in the Florida Keys on the path to Eagle Scout. At this point, he was sold on adventure and moved to Utah to try some new mountains.
The 4 years at the University of Utah solidified Jake’s 3 biggest passions: Cameras, Backpacking, and Climbing. From the first time in a climbing gym, he fell in love with the freeing feeling of movement on the wall. This desire to improve led to 4 years of frequent bouldering, while learning ice, trad, and multi-pitch climbing – culminating in his first 5.12 and V7.
Unfortunately, he found out college isn’t only about climbing, no matter how hard he tried. Classwork also became a priority when he switched degrees to study film and media arts, with an emphasis on documentary. His extracurriculars led him to trip lead backpacking and climbing trips all over Utah, and Film with the USA Climbing Olympic team.
If you’re on a trip with Jake, enjoy a high-energy day. Jake is personable, talkative, and passionate about a little bit of everything. The Wrangells seem to be the perfect playground for exploration, and he can’t wait to share his spirit of adventure with you. Be sure to say hi if you see him running past with his camera or climbing pack on a day off, he’s always excited to get lost in a conversation.
- Hometown: Conifer, CO
- Education: Bachelors of Art in Film and Media Arts, University of Utah
- Certifications: Wilderness First Responder
- Favorite Wrangell Adventure: The Goat Trail
- Best Wrangell Memory: Following behind a lynx while it’s hunting.