Jack Olson has always enjoyed exploring nature – hunting in the fall and winter, ice fishing during summer and open water fishing during summer – and now at 11 years old is expanding his outdoor endeavors with Jack’s Tackle: hand-tied spinners and live bait rigs designed by himself and others.
Tackle’s daring first ascents of iconic Alaska climbs such as Denali’s Isis Face and Elevator Shaft on Mount Johnson have cemented his place in Alaska climbing history.
Early Life and Education
Jack Lord came from a family that prospered from shipping. As part of the merchant marine, he traveled around Persia (now Iran). Additionally, on board one of Lord’s ships that was torpedoed by German U-boats.
After graduating high school, he attended New York University on a Chancellor Chase football scholarship, studying fine arts education and becoming business manager for Trek school publication as well as Associate Editor for Education Violet magazine.
After graduating college, Jack accepted a job as the director of an island tourist attraction in Hawai’i. He enjoyed serving as an unofficial representative of his state by meeting and entertaining government leaders and tourism officials; yet often faced pressure to meet production deadlines and wear multiple hats such as producer and director.
Jack Tackle, an esteemed North American alpinist known for his climbing exploits in Alaska, the Himalaya and Patagonia is best-known as former President of the American Alpine Club and winner of their Sowles Award for rescue of fellow climbers. Additionally he made notable ascents such as Denali’s Isis Face (First Ascent), Mt Hunter Diamond Arete and Mount Johnson Elevator Shaft to name just some.
He is also the author of multiple books on mountain medicine, with an expertise in treating Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Jack Olson has ventured further into outdoor pursuits by opening up Jack’s Tackle, selling hand-tied spinners and live bait rigs. Ultimately, his goal is to expand this business to cover ice fishing gear as well as hunting gear.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Conklin from Michigan State is expected to be selected in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, where his reputation for strong blocking abilities as well as understanding all of football’s off-field responsibilities has earned him praise from NFL executives.
Jack Tackle has set standards of light-and-fast climbing across Montana, the Himalayas, Patagonia and Alaska that generations have come to aspire to. His baritone voice can still be heard resonating through the mountains where his baritone voice was revered by those following in his footsteps.
Tackle has written numerous books and made first ascents of mountains throughout the world, garnering him various honors including American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award as well as Trento Film Festival Genziana Giovanne Award and Italian Alpine Club Award, plus AAC Sowles Award from Sowles Awards Committee.
On this episode we take an in-depth look into the life and career of one of North America’s premier alpinists and climbing guides, Jack Tackle. In total he has led 45 expeditions around the globe and accomplished over 300 first ascents; Denali’s Isis Face first ascent, Mount Hunter Diamond Arete first ascent and Alaska Elevator Shaft are just among them.
He’s become notorious for hacking into medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, leading to his research being presented at Black Hat where he revealed how to gain access to information stored by these devices.
Once he was hit by a falling rock on Mt. Augusta in Wrangell-Saint Elias in 2001, however, his life would take an entirely different path. While he survived, but suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome which affected him permanently; nevertheless he remained active in the mountains with limited capabilities and new perspectives.
Jack Tackle has an estimated net worth of around $4 Million. He makes most of his money through TikTok and YouTube monetization as well as modeling, as well as being active on social media where he works with various influencers and brands.
He employs an unconventional style of climbing that blends anarchy and discipline into mountaineering – an approach which has led him to first ascents on numerous peaks around the globe.
Jack’s family is very supportive of his climbing passion. He has a wife and two children; however, they remain private about much of his personal life, preferring not to share details publicly about it. Jack currently resides with his family in an apartment located in Brooklyn.