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Garry Schlag

Telemark Skier, Cyclist, Boater  Image
Hometown Kimball-McLeod Creek Watershed/Arkansas River headwaters
Current Town Lake Washington Watershed
Instagram @garryvox_s

Garry is a freeheel skier, bicycle commuter, outdoor educator, ski tech, whitewater boater and many other things. With roots in competitive moguls and big mountain freeride skiing, their results list appearances have diversified to include the Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB, Trail 100 MTB, Trail Marathon, Leadville skijoring and the Grand Traverse. Garry loves a good rock’n’roll memoir, their cat Gnome, and they constantly seek to practice curiosity and endurance with grace and appreciation.

Which of Stio's values personally align to you?

Outside is for Everyone. Diversity is the key to a thriving ecological community and for any community (like the outdoor community) that celebrates, supports and seeks justice for all of its members. I want to enjoy the outdoors with the representation and implicit support that people of dominant cultures do! Creating space for folks of more backgrounds to go outside creates space for more love and more fun—and I am fundamentally aligned with love and fun.

How do you create balance in your daily life?

It’s important to me to consider a variety of ideas, so I find balance between practicing lifelong skills like skiing, playing guitar, and riding my bicycle with practicing meditation, reading, writing and engaging with music and film.

What is a bucket list activity you have yet to do or a place that you have yet to go?

I want to ski in Japan in a way that honors my Japanese American identity!

What is your go-to workout music?

I'll usually listen to live Grateful Dead shows during long activities. I remember the song “Cassidy” from the “Reckoning” album giving me a jolt of energy during the Leadville 100 MTB.

What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue a life of mountain sports and adventures?

Witness the sunrise and sunset! Find Polaris in the night sky! Practice identifying landmarks to find the cardinal directions wherever you are.