This Florida boy heard the call of the mountains at an early age when his mother took him and his
brother on a 2-week horseback riding trip in Grand Teton National Park. After receiving his degree in Communications, he moved to Colorado from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to pursue his love for the outdoors. His passion for teaching and the outdoors has turned into a 17 year love affair with guiding. In addition to leading trips across North America, he also worked for 5 winters as a R-12 Bombardier driver in Yellowstone National Park and most recently worked as a wildlife guide and naturalist there. In addition to being a professional photographer and a member of the National Association for Interpretation, he was also selected as a finalist for Wanderlust Magazine’s Guide of the Year Awards in 2019. When he’s not guiding Jay enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing, fly fishing, craft beer from Flyway Brewing and taking his Golden Retriever, Koda, on adventures.