Joe Stone

Director of Mission, Teton Adaptive

Hometown

Apple Valley, MN

Current

Teton Village, WY

Joe Stone has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast. On August 13th 2010 everything came crashing down when Joe had a Speed Flying accident in Missoula, Montana that rendered him an incomplete c7 quadriplegic. As an avid smile chaser he knew what he has to do next. Following his injury he has found himself seeking out the same activities that he loved some much before. Only now as a wheelchair user. Paragliding, speed flying, mountain biking and endurance sports play a huge role in his life but he is also on a mission to help others along the way. Joe is a public speaker, a peer mentor and the Director of Mission at Teton Adaptive. His goal is to help bridge the gap between people living with and without disabilities.

Spirit Animal: Two Toed Sloth

Life Motto: Give what you can. Take what you need. 

Surprising Fact: I lived full time in a 5x10 camper for about two years chasing good weather for paragliding.

At Stio we believe balance is the key, how do you practice balance in your day to day life?

Over the years I have found that the more I mix life up the more balance I find. Mixing up the sports I do and allowing plenty of time for work and friend/family allows me to avoid the burnout that can come when I try and do too much of one thing. Some of my closest friends refer to this method as "keeping it weird" and I find this to be the most important ingredient to finding balance in my own life.

What does "Let The Outside In" mean to you?

"Let the Outside In" to me means to open your mind to the possibilities and open your heart to all living being around you.