My name is Tanner Blake and I love being outside. I grew up in Renton, Washington, riding mountain bikes, and when I was 13 my family moved to Cle Elum. While living in Cle Elum I learned that I really enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and nature photography, so when it came time to graduate from high school I decided to take a gap year in order to travel a bit.
Sure enough, I got hooked on the lifestyle of traveling and working jobs in the outdoors, not returning to school but rather learning to ski and snowboard, rock climb, and climb mountains. I have spent my time in Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming, and Arizona, and have come to feel a deep appreciation for the places I visit.
I decided to become a [MAI] Lands Steward in order to give back to the wild places that I care about. I look forward to spending days and nights in the backcountry while doing work that feels important to me. I also hope to gain experience and make connections with people that may lead me to a further career in the field of public lands.