I'm a product of Seattle, WA where everybody in High School camped, skied, and owned a North Face Denali. My experience in the outdoors started when my father took me backpacking at the age of 4 in the cascades. Since then, I've been to most of the major sites in the Pacific Northwest, from the Bowron Lakes circuit to Yosemite and Yellowstone. I climb recreationally, ski well, and my latest passions have been technical caves and ultralight hiking. I realized in undergrad that I needed to do 50 milers to stay sane, but had no more than a weekend. That was 2003, and I found out I could hike 54 miles in a day along the peninsula of WA. I have since found routes and long hikes that I normally think of as week long hikes, then hike them in a day. My little sister and I hiked the Zion Narrows in 5:24. I'm not really a racer, but I love minimizing my gear and pacing myself to achieve what I put my mind to. Also, my ankles are bulletproof.
Going to school in Rexburg, ID I found my second love: technical caves. This came in the form of the Fossil Mountain Ice cave/ Darby wind cave, a cave system on the ID/WY border. Multiple belays, stemming, climbing, getting cold, and getting scared. Somewhere along the way I was search and rescued 3 times, I guided tours through ID and WA caves, and bought about seven headlamps (back when LEDs were new, a good one was spendy and quickly made obsolete). Other facts that should go bulleted:
I believe I live in the most beautiful part of the world, Whidbey Island WA.
My home ski mountain is Mt. Baker, which holds the record for most snow in a single season-1196 inches.
I do a trip to Whistler, BC most years.
I'm addicted to jackets.
Married with 3 kids.
When I buy/use/review gear, few things are more important than durability and waterproofing
Future trips: Wonderland trail as an overnighter, half dome, enchantment lakes, Zion subway