Meet the Founder
Jeremy Rogers is the founder of the Tallahassee Adventure Club and an aspiring mountaineer. Jeremy has made it his mission to positively affect as many human beings on Earth as possible. Rogers founded the Tallahassee Adventure Club, a collection of community leaders that have extensive travel and adventure experience and are willing to share their appreciation for the outdoors through club initiatives and leadership inspired activities. Rogers’ life has been one adventure after another starting with working on the flight deck aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. After the Navy, he moved to Mammoth Lakes, California where he worked and traveled throughout the Eastern Sierra Mountain Range for six consecutive winters. During the summers, he adventured through several national parks in the United States and Alaska. After his time in Glacier National Park, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he works as an Investigative Firefighter for the Tallahassee Fire Department. His faith and five-year-old daughter, Taylor, are what drive him to share his message and to “Experience the Rad” of nature and the outdoors through local adventure and travel.
-Rogers has visited 25 countries and has extensive travel and trekking experience.
-Acatenango (13,044 ft) in Guatemala
-Pico de Orizaba North America’s third tallest peak (18,491ft) in Mexico
-Mount Whitney(14,505ft) the continental United States tallest peak in California
-Mount Elbert(14,440ft) Colorado’s tallest peak
-Mount Aconcagua(22,838ft) South America’s tallest peak in Argentina
-Mount Kilimanjaro 19, 341ft
My name is Greg Bargo and I currently live in Tallahassee, FL. My easygoing beginnings started in Austin, TX where my love for the outdoors began. I was NOT an endurance athlete. I loved playing under the Friday night lights on the football field (I went to high school in Texas), played rugby and ran track events like 110m hurdles and the 400m dash. The thought of running a marathon seemed absurd, but fast forward a few years and my brother and I decided to climb the highest peak in North America, Denali (20,320 ft.) and then bike 4,000 miles self-supported to Baja Mexico. I thought of the hardest thing I could do to train for that trip… run a marathon. I ran the race, finished, and then never looked back. Some of my adventures include:
- Summiting Denali in Alaska (20,320 ft)
- Summiting peaks such as Mount Rainier and Mount Hood
- Biking Across America from LA to Washington DC (3,100 miles)
- Biking from Alaska to Baja (4,000 miles)
- Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 ft)
- Summiting Cotopaxi in Ecuador (19,347 ft)
- Racing the Tour of the Dragon Mountain Bike Race in Bhutan (166 miles)
- Running 11 ultra marathons, including the Leadville Trail 100
Everything about Tallahassee has inspired me since I was young, but I am constantly dreaming up the next adventure. I was born and raised here by my parents and five siblings. Once I left the nest, it wasn’t long before I started traveling. My first real experience in travel was a small backpacking trip in Nicaragua. It changed my outlook on everything. My world was so different after seeing somebody else’s. So much of me has been carved by adventure ever since. I’ve gone on a few journeys, but one, has truly inspired me to share the love: The Appalachian Trail. I hiked the distance in 2015 for half a year and it brought perspective, empowerment, and joy into my life. I met genuine, life-long friends and the most incredible, giving strangers. Back in town, I’ve been working on a Florida Master Naturalist certification and managing a café in Midtown: both of which I love. I am always excited to cook something new and learn a thing or two from my parents. Beside my family, I know that being open to change and adventure is why I am a happy human today. I want to share this passion for the outdoors and the authentic, loving way of life that comes with it.
What’s up guys! My name is Alex Im and I am part of the team here at the Tallahassee Adventure Club. While currently living in Tallahassee, I’ve been fortunate enough to call many places home thus far in life. I lived in the beautiful Yosemite National Park for 7 years (off and on) and had the benefit of working seasonally which allowed me to experience the culture and beauty in many other parts of the states. I love travelling, all things outdoors, and I’m absolutely one hundred percent always up for an adventure of some sort! I’ve had the opportunity to climb some of the biggest walls in Yosemite Valley, bicycle my way through a large part of California’s Pacific Crest Highway/Florida’s sun kissed coast line, and explore the amazing backcountry wilderness in most states that are home to a mountain range. I believe that the outdoors can do many wonderful things for people. I, most recently, had the opportunity to work as a field guide in Utah for a wilderness therapy program and that experience helped me realize how strongly I believe in that. My adventure will most definitely continue on here in Florida and I would love for you all to join me!
Hi, Stacy here! Born in Des Moines, IA my family moved to Tallahassee, FL in late 1995. Big into sports, I played collegiate soccer and graduated with a BA in Psychology from St. Leo University. I always had the desire to work with children, but after graduation, the path in doing so remained uncertain. Eventually I entered into the fitness and health industry, co-owning, managing, teaching and training at different health facilities in town. Through fitness and wellness I’ve had the amazing opportunity to create kids fitness programs. I get the pleasure of witnessing the joy and improved self-esteem children receive from being active. Childhood memories for me include near and far trail hikes with my parents and brother. Weekend family bike rides, camp-outs with campfires, s’mores and music. Our travels to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon, Georgia to explore Providence Canyon, The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to go white water rafting and of course Iowa with acres of farm land to discover. Now a wife and mother of two young children (soon to be three) I want nothing more than to pass those experiences along. The outdoors and adventure add an unthinkable element to a child’s life and when families experience that together, their bond is inseparable. The struggle these days to get outdoors with our children is real, but it doesn’t have to be. I hope to share my passion of leadership, wellness, encouragement, and gratitude with the community by inviting you to join the Tallahassee Adventure Club. It’s time to explore and create your own life-long experiences by detaching and reconnecting with nature.
How’s it hanging?! I was born in Melbourne, FL, but had the pleasure of growing up in Tallahassee. I spent most of my time, as a child, playing outside and climbing trees. Growing up in Florida I got into surfing, but when my friends introduced me to rock climbing I heard the mountains calling. I am now training to become a climbing guide to show others the wonderful world of rock climbing.
“Stand at the base and look up at 3,000 feet of blankness. It just looks like there’s no way you can climb it. That’s what you seek as a climber. You want to find something that looks absurd and figure out how to do it.”
– Tommy Caldwell
As a Tallahassee native, Harry has always appreciated the great outdoors. Now as a
guide and long time avid kayak angler, he takes great pride in opening the eyes of veteran
residents as well as newcomers to the state to all of the wonders that north Florida has to offer.
Whether it is by foot, bike, or kayak, Harry never turns down an adventure and is always eager
to share ideas among fellow enthusiasts. As the owner of Harry Smith Outdoors, and an
ambassador for the state, he can always be found with a smile on his face and the outdoors on
Becky Pengelley was raised in adventuring family. Her parents met in Jamaica, where her mom served in the Peace Corps, and they raised their four daughters to love the outdoors and traveling. Her family spent summers traversing the United States, hiking, swimming, and camping. By the experienced age of twelve, Becky planned a two-week trip National Parks trip that included the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Zion, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. By fifteen she convinced her parents to allow her to spend her summers volunteering (and hiking, swimming, and camping!) in Costa Rica, and at age eighteen, she planned and led her first international service trip as a Girl Scout Gold Award project. While Becky still travels very often, she has happily made her home in Tallahassee where she is a science education doctoral student at Florida State University, and the Executive Director of the Palmer Munroe Teen Center—endeavors that allow her to share her passion for the world with young people. The Adventure Club’s motto, “be nice to others and go outside,” is a message that she fully supports!
Having grown up on the west coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico is where my initial curiosity and interest in how the biological, chemical, and physical properties of the ocean coalesce into an amazingly diverse and productive environment. This interest has since shifted towards more land based ecosystems now that I’m based out of Tallahassee, but I still know that everything here flows seaward before long. My love of adventure is also intertwined with the Gulf of Mexico, as I began overnight canoe trips during my youth on spoil islands. These islands near my hometown were created during the 1920’s while dredging a channel for large hulled boats to be able to sail up and down the intracoastal waterways. This created a desire to provide a built environment that can balance the needs of an ecosystem with the wants of humankind. Adventuring throughout the world and observing how various ecosystems balance the needs of individual species provides a wealth of information and inspiration to build upon.