Once I was asked, “what is the most challenging aspect of working in the outdoor industry?” My answer was easy – establishing credibility. One summer I worked at a Forest Service information station near the Rubicon Trail, a world-class jeep trail that I grew up camping and four-wheeling on. One day a guy came in with a question about the trail and instead of asking the young woman in the Forest Service uniform stationed behind the information desk, he asked the older man in a camp host shirt standing out of the way at the top of the stairs. My inner self glared at him and laughed when our camp host manager told him he had no idea and to ask me.
With that said, I want to start Trails’ Guide by establishing credibility:
- I’ve been four-wheeling with my family since I was in my mother’s womb – literally. Then I was strapped into a car seat, grew into the back seat, graduated to co-pilot, and am now working on my driving skills.
- I took a backpacking course in college and have been hitting the trail ever since. I’m primarily a weekend warrior doing two-nighters to amazing places up and down the Sierra Nevada Mountains. However, last summer marked the beginning of an epic adventure – 62 miles of the John Muir Trail. The next section is this summer and I can’t wait to finish atop Mt. Whitney the following summer.
- I’m a certified Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly Master Educator and Trainer, respectively. That entails leading groups on backpacking and camping trips while exploring teaching techniques and responsible stewardship firsthand.
- I’ve been riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) since before my feet could reach the footboards. I primarily take to the sand, but enjoy forest trails with twists and turns too. I’ve hosted multiple ATV safety courses and ATV rider camps for youth – and yes, participants must be able to reach the footboards.
- I have a two-year old lab-mix that I am reluctant to leave home without. Aspen has been in adventure-pup mode since I brought her home, surviving multiple backpacking trips, snowshoe hikes, and she knows how to hog a tent like nobody’s business. My point being? Expect the majority of adventures on this blog to be dog-friendly.
If you’ve read this far, I’m hoping you’ll come back next week. With this outdoor-based blog I want to share my ideas, adventures, thoughts, and my love of the outdoors. It also has the added bonus of keeping up on my writing skills and preventing my brain from turning to mush like cold-trail oatmeal.