Jakob's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Santa Cruz, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 11

JAKOB LAGGNER

Co-founder
Treks and Tracks

“A lot of times people will feel like, 'I really want to do this but I can't because I don't have the money.' And that can be very valid. At the same time, there are ways to plan. I've literally put spreadsheets together for a dream.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Planning Desire Hobbies & Pastimes Choices Courage Doubt Opportunity Risk Exploration Transitions Goals

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

adventure, backpacking, call center, career, cool stories, dead broke, dreams, growing up, guiding, Harry Potter, nature, oatmeal, outdoors, planning, rock climbing, spreadsheets, telemarketing, Washington, worst case scenario, you're not young

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was 18, he was really getting "the itch" for nature.
  • Recruited his brother and a friend to go backpacking in the winter in Washington; "we did everything wrong."
  • On that first trip, he says, "We got really, really wet, really, really cold, really, really tired, but something woke up in us."
  • Started traveling the world; says they weren't just going through the motions of an adventure, they were doing what it took to survive along the way.
  • Got nervous about not having a "real job" so he conformed, got a job that he hated for a while.
  • Made a mock-up business called "Treks and Tracks" on the side for fun; suddenly, people were signing up for his hikes.
  • Was caught off-guard by first sign-ups, had to hand those clients off to another friend, but now he knew people were interested.
  • Says guiding is his new passion; says it's taught him that some fears are valid, but most can be overcome through planning.

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