Jake hails from the great wet north of the Olympic Penninsula where he grew up exploring rivers for fish. As soon as he set foot in a hardshell kayak, the fish obsession soon changed into a paddling obsession that has ended up taking him all over the west coast of North America seeking whitewater.
That obsession landed him at his alma mater, Gonzaga University, in Spokane, which he chose in large part due to the river that runs right through campus. At Gonzaga, Jake worked heavily with the the outdoor program as a guide and behind the scenes staff, leading trips ranging from skiing to, you guessed it, kayaking! The outdoor program is where Jake fell in love with teaching paddling and it allowed for him to pursue American Canoe Association Instructor Certifications. The obsession with rivers went beyond the outdoor program however and influenced much of Jake’s education. Last year, he was busy conducting research on the Spokane River looking at microplastics pollution in river ecosystems for the Spokane Riverkeeper. If you don’t see Jake on the river, he’s probably riding his bike or otherwise getting lost in the wilderness.
Jake’s last several summer seasons were spent in Montana guiding on the Clark Fork River or guiding climbing and sea kayaking in his hometown of Olympia, WA. Jake is a Wilderness First Responder, ACA LVL 4 Kayak Instructor and trained in Swiftwater Rescue.