Name: Jake Freedman
Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
Where I’ve Been: I have explored all over the amazing state of Montana. Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest are my home, and it's where I grew up exploring with my family. More recently I've hiked 500 miles southbound on the Continental Divide Trail including Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Scapegoat Wilderness. Also, every spring I hike hundreds of miles of wilderness in search of shed antler. Thanks to my dad and friends from college I've also had the privilege to raft thousands of miles of rivers including the Salmon, Snake, Gallatin, Madison, Green, Yampa, and the Yellowstone.
Why I Hike: Mainly it's to see the untouched beauty of the outdoors. Hiking from dusk till dawn, off trail, while hunting for shed antler is one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. It stimulates my mind and body on so many levels—navigational problem solving, intense physical demand, slow meditative searching, and so much more. On-trail hiking is an almost completely different experience. That's when I get to bond with my dog, friends, and girlfriend as we hike to some lake or peak high in the mountains.
Lead The Way: Starting off in the Spring of 2019 I plan to get out and find as many shed antler as I can. It's an obsession of mine that increases year after year. Also in the spring I try to get do some backcountry snowboarding in the Bridger Range and my friends and I are also two years into an annual Beartooth Highway opener trip, so hopefully we squeeze that in as well. This summer I plan to backpack some new-to-me places including the Wind River range in Wyoming and the Crazy Mountains outside Livingston, MT. There are other places I hope/plan to hit. And of course: fly fishing and rafting.
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