I am a maverick neuroscientist that has traded a university faculty position for a life on the trail. Wherever I go, I look to the highest peak and then try to find a way to get myself there. This has led me to the summits of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Rainier in Washington State, Cerro Chirripo in Costa Rica, and Yarigatake in Japan amongst others. I’ve been on backpacking trips in heat waves (the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Verdon Gorge in France come to mind), in blizzards (in Austria and when snowshoeing at Crater Lake, OR), and in endless rain (Glacier National Park, MO and the Olympic Mountains, WA) and have found myself hiking all over the world (Iceland, Japan, Tanzania, Austria, Costa Rica, France, Switzerland, and more). Through it all one thing remains constant, my love of throwing a pack on my back and heading off on an adventure.
Hiking for one day, the weekend, or even a week somehow just hasn’t been enough, so I’ve set my sights on the long-distance trails. First, I did a southbound thru-hike of the Long Trail in Vermont (1998), then I did a solo northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (2013) and, most recently, I completed a solo northbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (2014).
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