Here on the App Gear Co team, we practice what we preach: our employees love to work hard, but play harder...and love to rock our All-Paca Performance apparel while doing so. Because we love getting to know our customers, from hearing their stories to following along on their adventures, we wanted to give our customers a chance to get to know us: the exuberant, passionate, adventurous people who make the App Gear Co machine run. So...here’s a peek into the life of Jake, our AppGearCo Alpinist.
Jake turned his whole world around, or maybe more appropriately right side up, when he left the flat and frigged northern Minnesota and moved to Colorado. With a hockey future in the rear view mirror, he discovered the world of vertical ice and snow and hasn’t looked back since. A “home” is a complicated part of his vocabulary. Jake now juggles a spontaneous lifestyle of wildland firefighting and trying to climb as much as he can, much of this done on the road. We’re thrilled to have Jake on the team!
What is your favorite piece of outdoor gear?
Helmet for sure. I tend to hit my head on the regular.
When has App Gear Co apparel saved the day for you?
I would say my All-Paca Fleece Hoodie saves my day every time I’m sitting at a cold/wet belay. Instead of shivering I can focus more on my partner’s safety.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Considering the size and awesomeness of the planet, that question is really hard to answer. Maybe I’d flip a coin between Chamonix and El Chalten.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I turn into a Werewolf every full moon.
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
I would say climbing, but dropping hazard trees on the fireline is just too much fun.
Worst outdoor experience?
When I dropped a tree on myself.
Favorite camping spot?
If you were to only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Savory oats. You cook steel cut oats in vegetable broth and top it with a poached egg, green onion, and your hot sauce of choice.
What are you reading?
What are you watching?
I’m watching to see if either ice is freezing or avalanche conditions are safe.
What are you listening to?
I listen to pretty much everything; I’m not picky.
Drink of choice?
Call me French, but I like carbonated water. If you’re talking about booze, it’s vodka, neat, ideally Tito’s.
Best gift you’ve ever gotten?
My life. Thanks, mom and dad.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Drive fast, take chances, safety third.
Favorite Instagram account?
I ghosted all social media a while back. I’m much happier.
Who is your outdoor idol?
Fred Beckey. If you don’t know who he is, I suggest looking him up.
Top hack, outdoor or otherwise?
If you have enough Alpinist magazines you can turn any toilet into a squatty potty.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What can’t you live without?
My magic wand so I can apparate off the island. Yes, that is a “Harry Potter” reference.
What’s one thing you do EVERY day, without fail?
This question stumped me for too long. I’m just going to say breathing...
Being over 6’ tall.