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On this “episode” of 67 Designs Customer Spotlights, where we share the stories of some of our customers, we get to know Jason Christiansen. Christiansen, from Salt Lake City, Utah, is currently the Director of Operations at the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Utah High School Cycling League. He is also keeping busy by studying in the junior operations and supply chain program at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Somehow, he also manages to take 12-16 trips with his Jeep each year!
Proud owner of: Blue 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ.
Featured upgrades: Jason’s Jeep, worked on by Moab Outfitters, is decked out with the following…
Customer of 67 Designs since: April 2020
Inspiration for buying Jeep: Christiansen dubs himself as “an outdoor geek.” He wanted to be able to go where the majority of the population could not go and see things that the average person could not see. Christiansen also acknowledges that the offroading community was a big incentive to buy a vehicle. His father, who owns a car dealership, was able to talk him into the TJ.
First adventure with the Jeep: October 2016. He and his father, Jason Sr., headed up to the Top of the World trail in Moab and then over to Hell’s Revenge. These are the “best views you could ever see in the area,” according to him. On this first big trip, he also learned that the Jeep does not go super fast, but allows him to take his time and focus on the views.
Most recent adventure/COVID-19 adventures: In the past couple of months, Christiansen has been able to go on quite a few trips—mainly because his work involves a good deal of traveling. He has been through the Sand Hollow State Park 4x4 trails, St. George, the Zion National Park and the Goblin Valley State Park. He was also able to go through the San Rafael Swell, which is extremely rich in Native American and mining history and features pictographs and petroglyphs.
Most memorable adventure: Each year for his birthday, Jason takes a big trip with his girlfriend, Kaelan, to areas in the Southern Utah desert. Last year, they took a trip which consisted of 3 different national parks (Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park) and 2 national monuments (San Rafael Swell (little grand canyon) and Grand Staircase Escalante). For Jason, the best part of the trip was going down the Burr Trail in Capitol Reef—he thinks it is one of the most “scenic areas in the nation”.
Upcoming trips: For Jason’s birthday, he and his girlfriend are taking a trip to Skyline Drive—roughly 80 miles of high-alpine 4x4 roads which starts in Spanish fork Canyon and ends on I-70. In the beginning of August, Jason is also planning on going to Mesa Verde National Park and Ouray, CO. He hopes to take dirt roads all the way down.
Dream trip: Jason and Kaelan have been “itching” to get to the Baja Peninsula in California.
Advice for those who are just beginning overlanding: “You do not need all of the top of the line equipment to get out there;” “Try to find somewhere where the majority of people do not go.”
#1 place he has camped: The Burr Trail in Southern Utah (in his rooftop tent!).
Fun fact about Jason: He used to be a gin distiller for a distillery in Park City. Customers would pick out their own botanicals and he would distill their gins. Hit him up for all your gin questions!
Notes from the writer: Jason’s outgoing and adventurous spirit makes him a great addition to the overlanding community, which he attributes as one of the reasons for joining. He is a frequent overlander; however, he is also a mountain biker. An injury in 2017 resulted in 4 surgeries, but he hopes to be out riding soon!
Check out Jason’s work here: Jason works with the Utah High School Cycling League, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which opens a lot of opportunities for students grades 7-12. Over 4,000 students and 2,000 volunteer coaches throughout the state participate—check it out! (also check out his Instagram!)
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