My passion for hiking began in the spring of 2009 with my first SOBO AT attempt, armed with nothing but Golite gear, 1440 powerbars, and a pack full of dreams. The attempt ended 7 weeks later with me and my hiking partner sunning ourselves on the shores of Bowman Lake on the west side of Glacier National Park, secure in our knowledge that even the best made plans that look great on paper, don't always hold up to the trials and tribulations of the open trail.
From that trip, I have explored and hiked over 300 miles of trail annually, primarily in the northern Rockies and mid-atlantic sections of the AT, with a diverse diet which does not include powerbars. In order to pay for my hiking trips, I started teaching science and outdoorsmanship at a small private learning center specializing in high-functioning spectrum children. I ran a hiking program which taught gear selection/care, trail nutrition, proper planning and risk management, hiking etiquette, and multiday backpacking.
My experience has given my unique perspective on gear priories and selection based on hiking goals and environmental factors. My goal is to not only recommend the best gear for the situation, but also help the user protect and preserve their body through proper gear selection and knowledge. My primary focus is on footwear, sleeping kits, and hydration systems, which are the hiking fire-triangle to me. I am excited to be able to share this knowledge with you, and help you get the best gear for you and your adventure.
PS. Ask me about the powerbars. You won't regret it.