Originally from Minnesota, Jake spent much of his childhood trying to ski, and play outside as much as possible. Jake first came to Alaska to attend Alaska Pacific University. While in college Jake developed a love for ice climbing and backcountry skiing. During the winter, when not working for the Alaska Avalanche School, Jake works at his alma mater Alaska Pacific University teaching winter travel skills. In the summer, you can find Jake exploring different parts of the Alaska Range, leading courses and guiding on Denali. When Jake’s not in the mountains he lives in Chickaloon, and spends his time fly fishing and packrafting.