I am a happy father and husband. I am a typical guy, not an athlete or someone with an extensive amount of time off. I work my outdoor adventures into an otherwise busy life with family and work obligations. I just put hiking and the outdoors high on my priority list of things to do when I have a chance.
I was born and raised in Southern California. During my youth, I was lucky enough to have had many family trips to Sequoia and I also had an organized and motivated scoutmaster. We went on many camping trips throughout the years, including what we called “Sierra Trips,” which were strenuous multi-day trips in the Sierra Nevada. Because of my father and my scoutmaster, I have developed a lifelong passion for the outdoors.
By age 15, I had: • Camped in the desert, beach, and on Catalina Island • Canoed 50 miles along the Colorado River • Climbed Mount Whitney at the end of a 9-day hike from Cedar Grove (age 12) - I returned to Mount Whitney in 2010 • Hiked for 7 days cross-country through the Sierras • Snow-camped on San Jacinto
I moved to San Diego in 2000 and have loved it. I moved to the Santa Barbara area in 2011. I moved back to San Diego in 2014 and am still determined to hike all over this place.
I was on a quest to summit 100 peaks in San Diego and publish a guide book. After hiking 66 peaks in San Diego, in 2011 I received a job offer in Santa Barbara and I took it. I was then hiking in Los Padres National Forest, including Ventura and started a new list.
I then got laid off, moved back to San Diego, and am starting a restaurant in Escondido called Burger Bench. I am getting onto the trails as much as I can.
I am not sure the fate of the book. I have since added maps and more information about my hikes, so that people can use the site as a guide book of sorts. I am continually courting the idea of monetizing the site somehow. As of right now, there is only the occasional affiliate link, which really doesn't net me much at all.
Feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions, have input on the site, or would just like to reach out.
I hope to see you on the trail.