Hpw - Adjunct
Outdoor Ed and Leadership
Jason grew up in Dolores, Colorado, and began running rivers and chasing outdoor adventure
at a young age. His interest in broadening his horizons led to a Congress-Bundestag
Youth Exchange Program scholarship to Germany as a member of the Future Farmers of
America. After his first year in college, Jason stumbled upon a job as a professional
guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado. This redirected him to becoming an outdoor
leader at the campus outdoor program, Wilderness Pursuits at Western State College.
Jason was mentored and surrounded by outstanding outdoor leaders and enjoys sharing
what he has learned.
As well as being a river enthusiast, guide, and instructor for nearly 30 years, Jason is experienced in many other outdoor disciplines. He has worked for the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and river ranger and at the Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch, Germany, where he taught skiing, snowboarding, kayaking & rock climbing. Jason has also been involved with high school outdoor experiential education, leading and instructing 8th-12th grade students in California, Utah, and Hong Kong.
During the winters, Jason has worked as a ski patroller and snow safety professional. Currently, he is the snow safety director at Park City Powder Cats. Jason teaches whitewater kayaking and the river-based portion of the semester outdoors.
Areas of Expertise
Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting Instruction, Multi-day River Adventures, River Navigation, Hydrology, River Rescue, Place Based Experiences