Nature is in my blood. I grew up in a big family that loved to go camping and from a young age I enjoyed the outdoors. As a determined child, with a growing passion for adventure, I joined the Boy Scouts of America. Throughout my years as a Boy Scout I would go camping monthly, and my love for the outdoors grew the more places I saw. During this time I learned about survival, outdoor skills, and backpacking. I received the Eagle Scout award at age 17.
My fervor for nature and adventure continued as I developed. During college, my interests expanded as I experimented with new hobbies. I began kayaking, rock climbing, and hunting and fell in love with them all. Each sport required its own set of gear, and I became obsessed with getting my hands on it! The acquisition of gear most certainly required a paycheck; thus, I hesitantly started working while attending school. My life fell into monotony and, ironically, I rarely had time to enjoy the gear for which I was working to acquire. I rarely went camping, and my hobbies gave way to city life.
Soon, only a shadow remained of the young, Eagle Scout I once was. Yet his disapproving glare was piercing. I decided to make a change. After saving up some money I decided to drop my city life and hit the road. I planned my trip for about a year, the whole time saving money and acquiring the gear I needed to spend an extended time traveling. With a plane ticket to Chiapas, Mexico – my Journey had begun. I spent four months camping, backpacking, hitch-hiking, and sleeping on random people’s couches. I went to six countries on that trip, with the best part being the last-Patagonia.
I was at the end of the world! I spent a month down there climbing, camping, backpacking, and hanging out with the travelers I had met. My former Eagle Scout self was back and smiling, with a new found love for the mountains. I vowed not to lose him again. The mountains down there were greater than any I had ever seen, and I knew I needed to see more.
I currently live in a suburb of Denver CO with my wife and our dogs. My adventures and skill sets continue to evolve. I recently successfully summited Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. I enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, jeep wheeling, camping, backpacking, and mountaineering.