My passion (read: obsession) for the hills is a combination of nature and nurture.
Avid day-hikers and semi-glamping-backpackers, my folks had me out on trail before I could walk. While I was raised in Florida, we’d come out to Colorado to hike some of the Front Range 14ers or head up the east coast to section hike parts of the Appalachian Trail. Once I graduated high school, I spent three weeks backpacking through the San Juans with Outward Bound, and I knew that I wanted bigger mountains, longer treks, and harder terrain.
Like many an outdoors-person, the mountains inspire me. They make me feel alive and teach me valuable lessons. When I’m not on trail, I’m mapping my next adventure, researching gear, or editing the (too many) photos I took on my last stroll. I’ll admit it: I’m a mountain hugger with a lust that has yet to be satisfied.