I got my start on a paid trail crew in 1977 for the USFS on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. After a 20 year stint as a wildland firefighter with the Alaska Division of Forestry, I started Wildfire Designs Bicycles in 1999 and became an early pioneer and manufacturer of FatBikes -- which are now popular worldwide.
As a part of my business, I became very involved in trail advocacy and founded Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (now Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers) in 2000. This led to the development of Alaska's first singletrack network built specifically for mountain biking, the popular Mooseberry Mesa trail system, in 2003.
From 2005 on, I worked for eight years as a trails specialist for Alaska State Parks and the Matanuska Susitna Borough. I founded Trailwerx in 2012 as my way to help Alaska realize its amazing potential as a premier destination for adventurous travelers yearning for world-class trails and incredible scenery. In 2015, Trailwerx became a member of the Professional Trailbuilders Association.
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Trailwerx is a member of and supports the missions of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, American Trails, and Alaska Trails.