A look into Jacob's awesome life

As much as Jacob likes to focus on his two passions, web development and hiking, there are other things that happen in his life. A marriage, some big moves, occasional job changes… these experiences push Jacob around in new and exciting directions on this crazy journey called life. Here are a few stories of some of these big changes.

Jake and Katie at Lower Silver Falls

Getting into CAMRA (Search and Rescue)

Being part of a search and rescue group is something that I've been thinking about over the last few years. There are a lot of reasons why it makes sense, why I think volunteering for a group would be a good fit, though I think it all comes down to how difficult I found Arizona hiking to be. Chris…

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  • Posted November 8, 2017
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Basic Rock Climbing Class

Last month I took a two-week course on rock climbing, offered by the Arizona Mountaineering Club, which covered everything from basic knots to self-rescue techniques. It was an experience that, after some initially doubts, was something I ultimately enjoyed and would recommend. And yes, this was my…

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  • Posted November 4, 2017
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Full-time Employment at Shutterstock

In early 2014 I started a new, shiny job working for a company based in New York. Shutterstock was my first fully remote position and my first time working for a 'big' technical company - that is, they had more than a hundred employees. Up until then I had worked for small, local shops in Wisconsin,…

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  • Posted August 24, 2017
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Mazatzal Project Checkup

Long views back to the west, where it all began

Halfway done with the Mazatzal Project, an ambitious and foolhardy plan that I sketched out earlier this year to hike every trail in and around the Mazatzal Wilderness. To be more precise, I've explored 148.2 / 252.3 miles (53.9%) and have completed 21 / 38 trails (55.3%) over the course of four…

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  • Posted August 9, 2017
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Surviving Three Children

A sleeping Charlotte

While a newborn girl has been a pretty big event for our household, the largest adjustment is dealing with three little ones. Even relatively simple things like grocery shopping is next to impossible to do with only one parent. I can't even imagine how I'd take all three of them hiking or to the zoo…

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  • Posted April 3, 2017
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A Girl Named Charlotte

One tired newborn girl

Our third child, Charlotte Emerick, was born early on February 13, 2017. She's our first daughter and the first granddaughter on either side of the family, which is evident by the amount of pink that has recently invaded our house. The pregnancy was easier for Katie this time around, with only a few…

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  • Posted February 20, 2017
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Mazatzal Wilderness Dreaming

The idea of conquering the Mazatzal Wilderness has slowly taken over my daydreams and random internet browsing. And why shouldn't it? Hiking in Arizona has not been as free-ranging as my Michigan adventures, thanks to hostile terrain and less-than-amiable property owners, and exploring designated…

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  • Posted February 13, 2017
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And 2017 is Going to be Sweet

Now that 2017 is officially up and going it's about time to solidify some of my goals for the new year. I already talked about how 2016 was for me and hinted at a few areas of growth that I want to focus on moving forward. Which may be a bit optimistic, as Katie and I will be welcoming a little girl…

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  • Posted January 3, 2017
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2016 was Okay

As 2016 draws to a close, I've been more reflective than normal about how the year went. In a lot of ways it's been a good one. Work is going great, especially considering how I was thrust onto a brand new team using unfamiliar technologies in early January. My boys are growing up fast and I can…

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  • Posted December 30, 2016
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What Kind of Hiker Am I?

Even after living in and exploring the wilderness of Arizona for two years I still consider myself a Michigan hiker. It's only fair, in some ways: my hunger for the outdoors started in the Upper Peninsula and I spent seven years up there hunting waterfalls and old growth and forgotten places. Two…

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  • Posted October 24, 2016
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  • Read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Hiked 30.00 miles and felt great.
  • Favorited Amanda Palmer - Creep (Radiohead Cover) on YouTube.
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