Jamie McGiver

Photographer, Entrepreneur, Snack & Dog Enthusiast

Hometown

Lake Placid, New York

Current

Lake Placid, New York

Jamie is a social worked turned Stand Up Paddleboard shop owner turned professional photographer. She hopes to reinvent herself another 30-40 times in her lifetime.

What do you do to create balance in your life?

I’m still working on that one, but being self-employed with an inconsistent schedule has forced me to practice daily. I’ve found when my body feels good, my mind works better. I owe it to myself, my business and my clients to find that work/life balance sweet spot where work and play compliment each other.

What inspiration do you find in the outdoors or what motivates you to get outside?

I’m addicted to the physical and mental highs and lows that often happen within miles or minutes of each other. I can gas out on a steep climb on my mountain bike and then regroup and clean a technical section, going from feeling defeated to superhuman. And I love that I am constantly redefining what my brain and body are capable of.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

It means shutting the wrong things out (intrusive negative thoughts, self-doubt, to-do lists) and letting the right things in (the sounds, smells and sights of the environment, a pounding heart, awe, inspiration, confidence).

How can you inspire others to Let The Outside In?

I wasn’t introduced to most mountain sports - climbing, mountain biking and backcountry skiing until my 20’s, so I kind of consider myself to be a perpetual beginner. I moved to an Olympic town where everyone seemed to be really good (like, REALLY good) at everything and it took me a little bit to realize a few things: 1.) No one cares if they have to wait for you. In my experience, people are genuinely interested in introducing others to a sport they love 2.) It’s ok to suck. We all start somewhere and no one is paying as much attention to you as you think they are, and 3.) Adventure doesn’t always have to be scary, epic or photo-worthy. Sometimes gearing up and getting out the door is the only win of the day.