Jana was born in Russia, and her parents moved to the U.S. when she was 12. Her first experiences with hiking was heading out with her parents to New Hampshire. After college she moving to New York City and started to make some big changes to her lifestyle, and wanted to see what her body could do.
She started by getting back into running, and was hiking every weekend, sometimes twice a weekend, and that's when she decided to become a guide with Discover Outdoors as a personal "passion project."
In 2019, Discover Outdoors asked her if she would be interested in working for them on the business side. So Jana left her paralegal job at a big-law NYC firm and started as the Northeast Regional Manager. During that year she kept pushing herself in the outdoors and on August 9th, 2019 she submitted the Matterhorn!
Jana has recently started Adventure Untamed, an adventure travel company, she shares more about her motivations and why she has made this decision during Covid -19.
You can listen to Jana on the Tough Girl Podcast - new episodes are every Tuesday at 7am UK time, make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out.
- Who is Jana, what she does and what she loves
- Getting into fitness, running and spending time outdoors
- Making a change in her career
- Starting a travel company during the pandemic
- The importance of the culture and the people
- Dealing with change
- Growing up in Russia and moving to the USA at 12 years old
- Being excited about new adventures and new experiences
- The learning curve of hiking
- How her passion/hobby for guiding evolved
- Getting into running
- Having a terrible fear of heights
- Dealing with the fear of failure
- Making the transition from a 9-5 job to guiding
- Deciding to climb the Matterhorn
- The challenges of climbing the mountain and overcoming obstacles
- Dealing with feelings of doubt
- Leaving at 4.08am to start the climb
- Taking it one step at a time
- Starting Adventure Untamed during a pandemic!
- Dreams and plans for the future
- Final words of advice to get more adventure in your life
Adventure Untamed - Explore the wild. Escape your comfort zone.
Northeast day and multi-day outdoor trips departing from NYC.