I grew up hiking in Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2003, I became very serious about hiking and hiked the Colorado Trail with a friend. I spent 2004 climbing 85 or more different peaks in Colorado. In 2005, I joined a trail crew in California. After the summer maintaining trails north of Yosemite I hiked the John Muir Trail in the fall with a friend. Since 2006, I have been on a trail crew in Glacier National Park.