Jocelyn Gary

Elementary Teacher, outdoor enthusiast and executive director of the Mt Hood Institute.

Jocelyn Gary

Being a native of Portland, the access to varied terrain outdoors quickly became my church. I love and crave water in any form, from the mountains to the oceans, that’s my happy place. Growing up, all of our family vacations were spent playing in the great outdoors. My dad instilled in us a passion for the environment and exploring new places. I quickly learned the value of leaving natural places in better condition than we arrived and vowed to protect them.

In college, I got serious about mountaineering and started peak bagging. I fell in love with watching sunrises from the top of the world.

I’ve always been inspired by Jeremy Jones. It’s not only difficult to be the best big mountain snowboarder, but then to go onto becoming one of the world’s biggest proponents for saving the snowpack and climate change is pretty incredible.

I hope 2021 brings about many new adventures and takes me places I’ve always dreamed of exploring. My main focus right now would include learning how to ride advanced terrain on a mountain bike, and riding big steep deep powder lines after scaling mountains. Long term, I’m excited about continuing my efforts inspiring and engaging all ages to respect the environment and enjoy playing in the great outdoors as much as I do.