Jacob Raab


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Jacob Raab started his journey as an impressionable young trumpet player who moved from Indiana to Oregon in 2012 in search of adventure. Since moving west, he has grown into a competent and confident alpinist and mountain runner — two disciplines that require many of the same improvisatory sensibilities as in his jazz roots. He has climbed ice and rock across North America — including first ascents in areas such as Yosemite Valley and Munising, MI — and has experience in the alpine environments of the Cascades and Rockies as well as the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.


In an attempt to share his newfound adventures with friends and family in the Midwest, Jacob picked up a camera for a 2013 trip to Moab and he has taken it up the mountains and on the trails ever since. He has had the pleasure of working (playing) with close friends, world-class athletes, and the amazing outdoor recreation community at large, shooting for notable outdoor organizations including the Mazamas and the American Alpine Club.


At the end of 2016, Jacob quit his job working for The North Face and moved into his car full-time in order to pursue a life of freedom and passion. He currently resides in a 1998 Toyota Camry and roams across the western states, chasing ice (and ice climbing festivals) in winter and wandering semi-aimlessly between rocks and trails during the warmer months, playing music and taking photos along the way. In the summer of 2017, he visited the mountains of Peru for the first time, and fell in love with the South American continent. Jacob is currently spending the summer (2018) in Peru and has multiple expeditions planned for the next 18 months in Peru, Argentina, Scandinavia, and points beyond.

The car is small, but the world is big.


Jacob's most recent musical endeavors mostly consist of playing his horns with anyone around the world who lets him on stage — local open mics, friends' bands, random strangers, campfire jams, international backpackers' hostels — anything goes when you're just playing around. 


Always open to new adventures, and bringing with him a diverse skillset — both creative and technical — Jacob is an excellent addition to an expedition team as a photographer or support staff. He is equipped to handle conditions anywhere on the globe and prepared to suffer for the shot, whether behind the lens or in front of it...and he probably won't say no if you ask him to come.


Never stop exploring, right?




Nothing to see here, folks.

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