Jacob (he/him, Morgantown, WV) is a native Appalachian, hailing from the Great Smokey Mountains. Bikes began shaping Jacob in college, starting as a means of cheap transportation before eventually becoming the inspiration for his philosophy in everyday life today. Jacob has worked as a professional backcountry guide, bike mechanic, and is currently an outdoor educator and instructor based in the heart of Appalachia, passionate about bringing bikes and their philosophy to the region. While relatively new to bikepacking, Jacob is the founder of West Virginia’s only bikepacking group, Hellbender Bikepacking, and hopes to bring attention to the sport in the Mountain State.