My joy for the outdoors started at a young age somewhere between the mountains and rivers of Teton Valley, Idaho and northern New Mexico. I started mountain biking in the third grade on a trail right behind my house in Los Alamos, NM with a pretty blue bike that had custom tassels coming off the handle bars. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to explore a lot of trails throughout the rocky mountains (and a couple in New Zealand!)
In 8th grade, while touring Montana State University with my brother, I learned that Bridger Bowl Ski Area was a 20 minute drive from campus and I could get on the mountain bike trails from my dorm room so I decided that MSU was the school for me. I somehow managed to graduate with a degree in Microbiology and Animal Science from MSU while skiing or biking almost every day of college.
Now, I am a substitute teacher in Bozeman and the executive director of Backcountry Squatters Nonprofit. Since graduating, I have realized that I thrive on a passion to share my greatest outdoor experiences with others and my future lies within educating others. With that, I am addicted to following the latest gear advancements and sharing my knowledge with anyone who will listen.