I've been an avid backpacker and hiker since grade school. Most of my trips are section hikes on the Appalachian Trail of which I have completed the northern half of PA, all of NJ, most of NY, and parts of NH and TN. I have also backpacked the northern reaches of Michigan, Philmont NM, the Channel Islands off of Los Angeles, and Mt Fuji Japan. My experiences in the back country have shaped my view of the world and bring to light the need to preserve nature's beauty.