Real Name: Jason Avis
Birthday: Oct 31, 1979
About Me: Grew up in the small town of Litchfield, ME (population: 2000). Loved it, but wanted to see the city. On to Boston University for two years of mechanical engineering that left me jaded. In an attempt to experience a "real" job, worked for two months at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where I used computers to simulate blowing missiles up with lasers. From that job on, it's been back and forth between engineering, teaching, and construction work (including work on a straw bale house while living in an intentional community in Maryland). Now I'm in love with my home state of Maine again after teaching as an environmental educator at the Chewonki Foundation for two years and leading extended (3-week) backpacking and canoe trips during the summers with teenagers. Looking forward to becoming a teacher and holistically blowing kids' minds.
Motivation: The beauty, unpredictability, and brevity of life.
Goals: To finish my first ultra. This weekend.
Occupation: mechanical engineer
Workout Routines / Fitness Tips: workout routine: do cool/challenging stuff whenever you can fit it in.
Fitness tips: Suck it up.
Top Sports: adventure racing
Hobbies: Guitar (playing and recording) and singing, learning about wild edibles, cooking vegan food, rock climbing, reading, playing Carcassonne, lots of "hobbies of the week"
Dreams: To be one of those old dudes who have even more energy than I do currently.
Defining Moments: At the age of 20, I took a 2-month solo cross-country trip, visiting 13 national parks and getting in shape while learning a ton about myself.
At the age of 22, I hiked the Maine portion of the Appalachian Trail with my girlfriend at the time.
At the age of 24, I attempted a cross-country bike ride. I hurt a knee and came back to the east coast to build a cottage on an island off the coast of Maine - another amazing experience.
I recently turned down a full-time mechanical engineering job to follow my heart and become a full-fledged teacher.