I can be very serious or I can be very silly. Sometimes I can be quite silly about things that are very serious, and I don't always strike an appropriate balance between the two.
I'm a pacifist, a vegetarian, a non-smoker, a Green Party activist and childfree by choice. I am concerned about overpopulation, sustainable economics, human rights, American imperialism, and proportional representation voting systems. I'm not a real politician, but sometimes I play one in elections.
For my job, I promote local cultural, artistic, and community events in Denver. I get around by foot, bicycle or public transportation. I sometimes go for longer bicycle rides and I enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountaineering.
I like science fiction. Sometimes, I will check out an entire season or series of a sci-fi show on DVD and do a sci-fi marathon. I did this recently with the modern Dr. Who series and Season Three of Falling Skies.
On April Fools Day, 2005, I made an announcement on the mountaineering website "Fourteenerworld" in a discussion forum on participants' outdoor adventure plans for 2005. I announced that I was planning to quit my job, move out of my apartment, put most of my possessions in a storage unit, and spend the summer climbing 200 Colorado "thirteeners" (mountains between 13,000 and 14,000 feet) by myself. I called this the "Homeless on the Range Expedition." I would live out of my tent and my backpack while I engaged in a really intense summer of solo mountaineering and backpacking. I announced it on April Fools Day because I wanted to see if people would take the idea seriously or not. And I wasn't sure if I really would or could achieve this goal. As it turned out, I successfully completed the "Homeless on the Range Expedition," and it was the adventure of a lifetime.
While I out there doing the Homeless on the Range Expedition, I read Edward Abbey's book "Desert Solitaire." My adventure was "Mountain Solitaire." I read that Edward Abbey made a habit out of spending half of the year alone in the wilderness and the other half of the year immersed in the urban life of New York City. From that time on, I developed a similar pattern of spending part of each year on extended mountaineering or long distance backpacking adventures and the rest of the year promoting local cultural events in Denver.
In 2007, I became the 16th person to finish climbing all of the 637 Colorado mountains over 13,000 feet.
In 2008, I thru hiked the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
In 2009, I backpacked the 480 mile Colorado Trail.
In 2011, I thru hiked the 2,640 mile Pacific Crest Trail.
In the spring of 2013, I thru hiked the 800 mile Arizona Trail.
In September 2013, I finished backpacking the 3,100 mile long Continental Divide Trail. I hiked sections on this trail in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. This also marked my completion of the "Triple Crown" of long distance walking in the United States which includes the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails as well as the Continental Divide Trail.
From November 2013 to January 2014, I walked more than 1,600 kilometers around New Zealand, mostly on the Te Araroa Trail.
I had a previous OKCupid profile under the name "Thought Criminal," which was my "trail name" on the Appalachian Trail. Later, I ran a couple of satirical personal ad profiles on OKCupid as an experiment to see if I could actually meet women by posting a bunch of silly nonsense rather than my serious profile which never worked. One was a profile for a bicycle that was seeking fish who enjoy riding bicycles. (Based on Irina Dunn's famous quotation that "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") Another was a profile from Gollum (Smeagle) from the Lord of the Rings stories, with silly photos and quotations from Gollum. A third was an entirely pudding themed profile. I got a lot more responses from those profiles than I ever did from a serious personal ad, but OKCupid administrators removed those profiles as fakes. I wrote a few OKCupid tests under previous profile names, including the "Thought Criminal Test", the "Denver's 16th Street Mall Test," and the "What's Your Favorite Pudding Test."