I am 24 years old. I grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois wandering around the Shawnee National Forest and my family farm. After graduating college, I romanticized the idea of a thru hike and decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail that next Summer. So I did just that. I finished my west coast hike in September of 2015 and soon after moved to Nashville, TN where I am still living. Long distance hiking is incredibly addictive and as soon as I finished hiking the PCT, I knew that there would be more long hikes in my future. This year I am hiking the Continental Divide Trail with my adventure partner and girlfriend M.E. I work with M.E. at a very hospitable gearshop and spend my free time climbing, fly fishing, hiking, paddle boarding and doing whatever I can to stay outside.
All of the online quizzes say that my spirit animal is a wolf because of my sense of adventure and ability to get along in a pack. I personally think my spirit animal is something a little closer to Sweetums from the Muppets.
I have always wanted to be Aquaman. I would get to hang out and talk with millions of sea creatures everyday, swim up to 6000 miles per hour and have sonar and natural night vision. I could even discover all of the unknown species in the ocean just by asking if they were there.
Even though I currently live in Music City and would be expected to say Garth Brooks or Shania Twain, I can’t get enough of the acoustic blues of people like Taj Mahal, Kelly Joe Phelps and Keb’ Mo’.
My favorite meal is anything you can serve with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. My favorite meal on trail is anything edible sitting in front of me, which is usually mashed potatoes and mac n’ cheese.
As of right now my proudest moment would have to be thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
I am a die hard Leave No Trace (LNT) enforcer. Do I enjoy washing out my cook pots and drinking the food water, not using soap in the backcountry and using sticks and stones instead of toilet paper? You bet I do! Everyone should try it. It’s not as bad as it sounds and it’s good for our planet.