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Jamie McGiver

Mountain Biker, Day Dreamer, Pancake Devotee  Image
Hometown Henderson, New York
Current Town Lake Placid, New York

Jamie grew up on the unapologetically flat eastern shore of Lake Ontario, where she spent her childhood waist-deep in Lake Effect snow. She moved to the mountains full-time in 2014 and admits there is no turning back. She enjoys biking, skiing, hiking and launching into Adirondack lakes and rivers with the confidence and commitment of her late mountain dog, Blu.

Jamie works as an outreach coordinator for her local trails organization, hoping to give back to the community that has given her so much. She wholeheartedly believes that the trails always provide. They're a place to unplug, to connect with others, to go fast or to move slowly. She loves that through the outdoors, she can constantly redefine what her brain and body are capable of.

Which of Stio's values personally align to you?

Connection. The outdoors provide us with endless opportunities to connect to ourselves, to the one and only Mother Nature and to each other. There are few things simpler and more powerful than sharing a belly laugh in the midst of a rainy, slippery bike ride with a pal.

How do you create balance in your daily life?

Finding balance is a constant work in progress. Like a lot of folks living and working in mountain towns, I juggle multiple jobs, but I've found that when my body feels good, my mind works better. I owe it to myself, my clients and the community I serve to find that sweet spot where work and play complement each other.

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

Europe—all of it, on two wheels!

What is your go-to workout music?

I made a Spotify playlist for a 100 mile mountain bike sufferfest 3 years ago and I just keep adding to it. It's SO eclectic and I swear, it reads my mind. It's got Biggie, Bowie, Britney, Talking Heads, Miley, Rage, DMB, Metallica, Alanis—and so many more. I threw in some ballads for good measure. Crying to a slow jam at mile 87 with the neon green June leaves whizzing past your face is the cathartic experience none of us want but actually need.

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

Connect with like-minded, inspired people who hype you up no matter what. I wasn't introduced to most mountain sports (climbing, mountain biking and backcountry skiing) until my 20’s, so I 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. It took me a while to come around to the fact that nobody cared that I was a newbie, except for me. Connecting with other women changed everything for me.