For my job, I work for a friend's business promoting local cultural, artistic, and community events in Denver.
I grew up in New Jersey, but I have mostly recovered from the experience. My parents retired to Tucson along with three of my five siblings, so Tucson is where I go to visit my family now.
I left my car in a one hour parking zone when I took off for a five month thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Now I get around by foot, bicycle or public transportation. I sometimes go for longer bicycle rides and I enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountaineering.
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. My two longest backpacking trips so far have been five months each.
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 2,660 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.