Husband, Father, Christian, Entrepreneur, Strategist, and Adventurer
I am a husband, the father of four wonderful children, follower of my Savior Jesus Christ, an entrepreneur, writer, scholar, and adventurer. With my family, I enjoy traveling, serving, learning, and most importantly, being together. Together, we have been to more than three-fourths of the United States and several different National Parks and Monuments. You can catch a glimpse of these adventures on our Family’s Instagram Page.
I have years of experience in strategy through financial consulting, web development, and marketing. I had been working in the world of online marketing for 6 years. I continue to work to keep myself up on the latest trends, technologies and services that are available for marketing, digital commerce and social media. These things have become a passion for me as I work to piece together the best ways to properly grow a brand in today’s marketplace. In the summer of 2009 my business direction took a little bit of a change when I approached my cousin, Golden Harper, for a new pair of running shoes. Together, we founded Altra and successfully grew it to become a global brand.
Now I work with young companies in helping them to improve their online presence and overall brand image. I also enjoy learning and educating others, especially my little brood. We love experiencing diversity and change. Travel shows us who we really are and that we don’t really know the world like we think we do. This is why I enjoy history, philosophy and religion. They show me how little I really know and that I have a lot to learn and teach my children. Adventure on!
My Latest Articles
The scriptures teach us a many example of a still small voice. We learn in 1 Kings of Elijah on the mountain top where the Lord was not in the earthquake or the thunder or the wind but it was a still voice. We learn from Oliver Cowdrey's experience that He will tell...read more
While serving as a missionary in the Missouri St. Louis Mission, my mission president held the mission motto based on Joshua 14:12 where Joshua declares in his old age, "therefore give me this mountain." This piece is rich in meaning and representation. Much of what...read more
While teaching his son, Jacob, Lehi iterates some essential truths of the great Plan of Salvation. He shows us the need for opposition and Adam’s Fall. Along with these we explore the power of having a choice of trees to partake of give to Adam and Eve. This stands as...read more
I haven't been able to get into the out of doors since Memorial Day weekend. It has really drug me down to be cooped up inside. Since going back to school, I have been really busy as I crammed a full-time school schedule into 7.5 weeks this summer. It has been a blast...read more
Introduction I have worked in the outdoor industry for the past 8 years. Along with this, I have spent my entire life in outdoor spaces. From an early age, I experienced the value of getting into the outdoors. Since having a family of my own I have seen the value in...read more
Last year my wife got to walk and receive her nursing certificate as a Registered Nurse. Maybe I am envious of her accomplishments. Maybe I have a little more time now that she is able to work and I'm again self-employed. Maybe I'm not ready to grow up. Or maybe I...read more
This week had the privilege to catch up with Altra Athlete, Jason Schlarb and discuss his Hardrock ski touring adventure this past weekend. It was so much fun hearing of his adventure and being able to interview him then write up his adventure. Check it out on the...read more
Have you ever done anything crazy? Ever wanted to test your body and push the limits? Well I did this weekend. As if going for a long run wouldn’t be hard enough I signed up to do 34 miles in the Arizona desert. Ultra Adventures puts on some amazing races here in the...read more
How do you overcome doubt and frustrations? For me it usually just takes some time being outdoors. The year has started out pretty good with some fun skiing. However, I have been struggling with working towards my goals of peaks summited and adventures for the year. I...read more
If you are like me then you are feeling the cold, unforgiving winter conditions that tempt us to stay inside. While staying warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home seems appealing, it’s negatively affecting necessary training time to prime you for the spring and...read more
While perusing the Wasatch Peak Baggers page I came across an invitation to join Tom McCabe on a two night yurt adventure in the High Uintah Wilderness. I have stayed in a yurt only one time before, but never skied into one. I couldn't pass on this opportunity. I...read more
As we now put 2015 in the rear view we have time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. You may have spent some time last night, or will do so this weekend, in reflecting with family and friends. You may make a list of resolutions to make this year...read more
Today I had the opportunity to get out in the afternoon to do a little backcountry skiing. I opted to head up towards Guardsman Pass to get in a few turns. The snow looked great up there and I geared up and headed out. The weather was perfect with only a few clouds in...read more
This past weekend we had the opportunity to head to the Bay Area for some fun in a little warmer weather. Leslie raced the TNF Endurance Challenge Championship 50 mile race (more on that in a bit). They also had a team element to it so Altra had 9 athletes competing...read more
What better way to spend 27 days of homelessness than to do it on the road! We are inbetween homes for nearly a month and were already planning a road trip so it "kinda" worked out. The stress of packing our entire home before vacation was not ideal, but living on the...read more
You're sitting in your office on the computer, work on one screen and YouTube on the other. You keep watching those running/skiing/climbing videos over and over and wishing that were you on the adventure. You keep reaching for a tissue on your desk to wipe your mouth...read more
Had an opportunity to tour the city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands in one day. We got to see many museums, sites and the beauty that the city had to offer.read more
One of the lesser known National Parks in the United States is Great Basin National Park. It sits out of the way in central eastern Nevada near the Utah border. It is actually the nearest National Park to Salt Lake, but certainly the least visited. It doesn't have the...read more
Wow! What a weekend! It was so great to get away for a couple of days. I needed this recharge. Thursday night, I headed up to meet Brian Beckstead for an early morning. I was going to sleep in a hammock, but because there were no trees it made that pretty impossible....read more
What's a trip to Portland and the Columbia Gorge with Multnomah Falls? These falls aren't the largest or widest, but they certainly are iconic. The view from the highway is good, but it is worth fighting the crowds to see it from the base and the bridge. If...read more
I am an adventure runner. While working expos and talking with interested customers with Altra I would often here the response, "Oh, I'm not a runner." I'd then ask how much they do run and I'd hear, "oh, only a few miles 2-3 times a week." I consider that a runner...read more
Since we've been married my wife has told me of this place on the Puget Sound that she visited once in her youth. She always made it sound magical. I wasn't sure what stood out to her more, the trip up and back or the stay on the island. Well, we just rediscovered...read more
Today's video blog recaps the fourth day of our Northwest road trip as a family. After an adventurous night spent in a Washington State rest stop, we continued on to Seattle to enjoy some culture, heights, ice cream, fish throwing and more. After Seattle we made our...read more
Growing up I was the one that mom had to come in to wake up many times to get me to wake up for school. It was like pulling teeth to get me to study. I didn't like to read that much though my mother was an avid reader and had a vast library of classic literature. I...read more
Amidst this great journey in the wilderness known as mortality we each must face our growing moments and moments of trial. This past week was one such blow to our family. Everyone's health is okay and yes, there are many more that have to deal with much bigger trials...read more
I pull into the driveway and bring my bags inside to a perked up noise of "daddy home?!" As they investigate if this is the news that they are waiting for they peek up or around a corner, and to their delight it is their papa. They then change quickly from a curious...read more
As the clouds draw nearer to the earth and the world becomes a little more silent the time out on the trail takes on a whole new paradigm. As I look around me I behold the calm trees, the quiet surroundings and the peaceful, wandering deer. It is true beauty to...read more
Every year it seems that Christmas sneaks up on us more and more. It also seems to be much more commercialized every year. Thanksgiving is almost an afterthought to the huge sales that are taking place over the weekend and now even on Thanksgiving day. We seem to...read more
As we take this sacred opportunity to reflect not only on the resurrection of The Savior, but on his life and ministry and the ability for each of us to be redeemed, we can find peace. I have taken the opportunity this morning to relax with the family and enjoy the...read more
Last year my wife got to walk and receive her nursing certificate as a Registered Nurse. Maybe I am envious of her accomplishments. Maybe I have a little more time now that she is able to work and I'm again self-employed. Maybe I'm not ready to grow up. Or maybe I...
As we have now put two whole months behind us already this year it is a new opportunity to look back and reflect on what has been thus far and then fix and go forward. March means there is more great skiing ahead of us, but also that spring is right around the corner....
As we live day in and day out we tend to get comfortable. We get used to the life that we lead. We are familiar with all the people around us, their quirks, their personalities, and their abilities. We get into routines. We find patterns in life and just keep chugging...