Completed 7 full through hikes (and 2 near-full hikes) of the John Muir Trail
(JMT) and 1 full through hike of the High Sierra Trail
(HST--plus 7 partial HST hikes)
Completed 150+ mile hikes in each hike in the High Sierras 10 times since 2007 (425 miles on the High Sierra portion of the PCT in 2016 during one 55 day hike)
Have done multi-day hiking (remote camping overnight) in the High Sierras for the last 17 years
(My first long hike was a 17 day hike in Yosemite in 1971--I had read Colin Fletcher's The Complete Walker
before gearing for the hike. A great tribute to Colin Fletcher is here
. The backpacking industry owes its existence mainly to him.)
Live currently in Reno, Nevada (before that: an Albany New York suburb and Twin Cities, Minnesota).
For work (I am not yet retired, although I have cut back my hours 18% starting in 2016), I am employed full time as a senior database programmer/system analyst with a major healthcare insurance company.
My interest include, besides backpacking, healthy living, small homes, ballroom dancing and audiobooks. See my links for more information.
My latest reading recommendations are firstly, The Perfect Health Diet
by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, then The FastDiet
by Dr. Michael Mosley, Grain Brain
by Dr. David Perlmutter, and the three health/diet books by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Watch the best short video of the JMT, called Almost There - The Muir Project
. The JMT is consistently rated the number one remote wilderness trail in the world.
My favorite quote since a teenager: "Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well." — Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)