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Some might argue that I never grew up. But for the sake of argument, we'll just say, that I was raised in Western Washington playing in the foothills and mountains of the north Cascades. As a third generation Washingtonian, I started doodling trees and mountains in my kindergarten art class, and from there the charm-vacuum of the wilderness sucked me right in.
I continued exploring all of Washington’s vast backcountry, seeking to know many of the woodland trails, their flora and fauna, and their creatures by heart. Every enjoyable step has led me through countless miles of trails in the State ranging from the beautiful ocean boardwalks of the Cape Alava area on Washington’s coast, to the vast and rugged Pasaytan Wilderness area on the eastern side.
I've been honored to lead many guided backpacking trips for beginners and experienced friends and colleagues. I spent nearly 9 wonderful years teaching professional classes on outdoor pursuits for REI Stores, including Backpacking Basics, Lightweight Backpacking, Snowshoeing Basics, Winter Camping, and destination classes such as Day Hiking the Cascades, Distance Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail and my favorite, The Wonderland Trail. I also had fun showing folks from all over the country the Northern Loop Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park when I worked as an Assistant Guide for REI Adventures. These days, I continue to share my passion as a freelance writer, author and photographer.
When mountain grandeur makes an impression on my soul, I do my best to bottle it up with photographs. It's never the same as being there in person, but it's a mini-souvenir that seals my desire to return.
The extra huff and puff up hills hauling heavy camera gear has been warranted for more than just my own enjoyment. My photos have appeared beside articles on outdoor recreation in Washington Magazine, City Dog, and Washington Trails magazines among others. My work currently is featured in outdoor campaigns for the City of North Bend, Washington. As an outdoors writer, I am presently a Contributor and Columnist to Washington Trails Magazine, an active guidebook writer and writer for outdoor blogs and commentaries.
While backpacking rises to the top of my favorite outdoor activities, other things tickle my adventure bone, such as snowshoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, scuba diving, photography, traveling, cooking (and eating), as well as fly-fishing.
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