Since moving to Northern Arizona in 2006, Jake's love for the Grand Canyon and Western US has only grown. Born in Portland Oregon, Jake moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University. After graduating in 2009 with a B.S in Global and Environmental Change, Jake's life trajectory took a major turn after his first rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. He went from being a classroom teacher to a full fledged outdoor educator. Seven years later and he works as a backpacking guide as well as an outdoor educator for school groups who come to explore the area. He believes that the potential power of outdoor experiential education cannot be matched in any other form. The Western US has become his classroom and he would not have it any other way.