Jakob Laggner

Jakob Laggner


Treks and Tracks

Santa Cruz, CA US

A lot of times people will feel like, 'I really want to do this but I can't because I don't have the money.' And that can be very valid. At the same time, there are ways to plan. I've literally put spreadsheets together for a dream.


By Roadtrip Nation

Jakob Laggner


My road in life took a while to figure out.
When he was 18, he was really getting "the itch" for nature.
Recruited his brother and a friend to go backpacking in the winter in Washington; "we did everything wrong."
On that first trip, he says, "We got really, really wet, really, really cold, really, really tired, but something woke up in us."
Started traveling the world; says they weren't just going through the motions of an adventure, they were doing what it took to survive along the way.
Got nervous about not having a "real job" so he conformed, got a job that he hated for a while.
Made a mock-up business called "Treks and Tracks" on the side for fun; suddenly, people were signing up for his hikes.
Was caught off-guard by first sign-ups, had to hand those clients off to another friend, but now he knew people were interested.
Says guiding is his new passion; says it's taught him that some fears are valid, but most can be overcome through planning.
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I manage operations and lead guided treks, expeditions, and outdoor survival courses.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Environment & Nature
Being Physically Active

Day to Day

I operate outdoor adventure experiences in six State and National Parks throughout the state of California. My day is spent teaching rock climbing instruction of all levels, rappelling, overnight backpacking, map and compass navigation and tailored corporate team building events.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

A clear vision of your dreams allows you to overcome the inevitable obstacles placed on your path.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You need to grow up and get a real job."

Interviewed By

The Voyage Begins

The Voyage Begins

A new team of soul-seeking young adults embarks on a cross-country road trip to interview inspiring leaders about their life journeys. Starting their 8-week journey in San Francisco, the team interviews Jakob Laggner, an outdoor expedition guide who left a traditional desk job to found his own company.