Growing up near the lakes and forests of Minnesota I discovered the beauty of nature in the early years of my life. As a snowboarder in my youth, I spent all my unstructured time experiencing the elements of the outdoors hiking up and down the local hills of my midwestern community.
It wasn’t until I moved to the mountains of Colorado to pursue a passionate career in snowboarding and photography that I discovered my personal meaning of nature, that the true essence of nature was everything around me, everything that was real: the mountains, the rivers, the plants, the wildlife, the people. Realizing this gave me clarity and made me feel alive, it was a release from the everyday clutter of life, and I was able to focus on what was important to me. What mattered most to me was hiking around the mountains with my camera, my pack, and my snowboard on my back.
This is a unique year for the Fjällräven Classic. Why take part?
It’s an honor to keep the Fjallraven Classic tradition alive and to continue to spread Fjällräven’s mission of inspiring people to get out in nature in a sustainable way and to especially be with nature during this historical time, even if it’s virtually. I'll do whatever I can to help others experience the spirit that lies within ourselves, just as being outside on the trail does.
I’ve never been on this trail before, I'm excited to see what's around the bend, crossing mountain streams, seeing the seasons change & spending time with my team. I also prepared for and recognize there will be challenges ahead, being in nature in a smaller group then past Fjallraven Classics. I might not be talking much or sharing the sights with friends, instead, this will be a time to re-connect with nature during a very unique point in our lives. I’m looking forward to what messages nature will give me and to those watching on TV.