Give us a little background info about you – like how you picked Bozeman as your mountain adventures hometown, what you do for work, and what your average day is like?
I moved to Bozeman in 1996 with my parents. My dad often jokes about how I’m not grateful enough that he brought us here instead of some city. I grew up snowboarding, hiking and fishing. Now my main outdoor activities are trail running, backpacking and foraging for mushrooms, berries and whatever else I can find.
I own Roots Kitchen & Cannery which is a small batch cannery focused on using local produce and fruit. My day involves sourcing produce, coming up with fun new recipes, sales calls, jamming, canning and whatever else comes up.
What brought you to The Mountain Project for your first training session, class, or event?
My kitchen has been located at 507 Bond St for 4 years now and I was so fortunate to have Mike Wolfe purchase the building and move in next door. It has been incredibly motivating and inspiring to have him and his crew as neighbors. They invited me over to train on their opening day and I’ve been consistently working out there since. It has been incredible to say the least.
What motivates you to keep coming back and doing the work? Are there specific events/races you’re training for? Or are you just looking to kick a@# whenever adventures come along?
I have a few races that I’m training for including a 50k, but mostly I just want to be in the best shape that I can be so I can run around in the woods like an animal. The training at the Mountain Project has made me more sure footed and increased my endurance to a level I didn’t think I would achieve especially in such a short amount of time.
Give us the top 3 words that come to mind when you think about the community of coaches and athletes at The Mountain Project
Compassionate, inspiring, and FUN!
What is the post-adventure or workout indulgence of choice that keeps you going when you need some extra motivation to get it done?
When I get back from a backpacking trip or a long run I usually crave Snickers and Doritos, which I rarely eat on my day to day.