I recently had the amazing experiences of thru-hiking both the Pacific Crest Trail (2012) and the Continental Divide Trail (2014) traveled to China and Thailand, receiving my diving certification and taking rock climbing classes, sailed from Hawaii to Los Angeles, and recently hiked the Sierra High Route (2015) . I just accepted a job offer and will be working full time as a finance/software consultant...for at least 2-3 years. I hope to travel in South America at some point, hike in Nepal, and do so many other things, but for now I am working and taking "mini-trips" around the PNW when I have more than a couple days free to piece together. Life is about the journey, not the destination.
What I’m doing with my life
Besides working, I am currently pursuing writing and blogging and photography. I am interested in living with a small footprint, and discovering ways to live unconventionally while being able to explore and still maintain a level of comfort at home. I love to climb mountains, circle mountains, look at mountains. I hope to write a personal memoir and am building up the chops by reading a variety of good literature and putting a few words to the page. I'm thinking about running the Portland Marathon in the fall of 2016 (this would be my second marathon). I just started a 30 day challenge of yoga and already I am feeling my flexibility improve. I need to stop drinking so much coffee. I am waiting patiently for spring to arrive...so patiently.
I’m really good at
Hiking, climbing, reading, running...beer. I would like to be good at photography and writing but the verdict is not yet clear. I am good at empathizing, listening, and sometimes pretending to listen. I am good at walking about town for no reason because I get withdrawals from all the long-distance hikes I have completed. I am good at thinking about my late childhood and early teenage years and wondering if it is possible to get my mind back to such a carefree and hopeful state. I am good at obsessing over news about the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
The first things people usually notice about me
My genuine smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Into the Wild, The Snow Walker, Motorcycle Diaries, Gladiator, Amadeaus, Vision Quest, Office Space; adventure, travel and fantasy are my favorites.
Books: My Struggle (Knausgaard), Into The Silence and Into Thin Air (Kraukauer), Passion For Nature: The Life of John Muir, Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, Siddhartha (Hesse), The Dharma Bums and The Road (Karouak), The Sailing of the Snark and Sea-Wolf (London), anything by Karouak, London or Abbey, Paul Theroux or Henry David Thoreou. I recently read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, and enjoyed it. I do not think I will take on Ulysses anytime soon. I am currently reading Astoria by Peter Stark, a book by Vonnegut and My Struggle, Book 3 (it's addicting).
Music: Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Paul Simon, Disturbed, U2, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Joe Satriani, Supertramp, Journey, Imagine Dragons, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, Avett Brothers, Xavier Rudd, Indie Music, Bluegrass, Hard Rock....
The six things I could never do without
My backpack, coffee, mountains, travel, camera, tripod.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nutrition, conservation, my next adventure, how to make a living doing what I love. How to unload from the superfluous in my life and focus on what really matters; family, personal relationships, helping others, sharing passion with others, joy, raw experience..
What it would be like to have a conversation with myself from someone else's perspective. How differently is my own perception of myself vs. how other's perceive me? Am I willfully ignorant about an aspect of my personality--blind to it? (You know how some people are annoying but they have no clue that they are annoying even though the consensus among all their friends is that they are annoying?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Seeking drinks and good conversation.
You should message me if
You were inspired to message me and want to hang out for any reason at all. You've cried for sheer joy because of beauty you have witnessed in nature, or in other people. You live your life without compromises (or with as few as possible).