Jake - AKA 'Barefoot Jake' - is a minimalist backpacker, barefoot runner, and hiker. He currently lives in Port Angeles, Washington as to be in close proximity to the natural beauty and wilderness areas of the northwest.
Since his youth Jake has been obsessed with the outdoors and Washington State's Olympic National Park in particular. Since 2010, he has crossed the park twice, both times wearing Vibram Five Finger KSO Trek Sports.
Most notably, Jake is admired for his unique approach to hiking:
"I have come to the realization that pack weight and what you wear on your feet directly effects our efficiency in these types of natural forms of traveling. I guarantee you that our ancestors never carried 50lbs of outdoor gear on their backs or wore $500 dollar mountaineering boots. We need to get back to basics."
He prefers long trail days, exploring off-trail and multi-day alpine traverses. Most of the time is spent with a camera (here is his Instagram) in his hand, so that he may share these areas with others.