A LIFE IN BRIEF

The journey started after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2005. I decided to backpack across Central America and thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. This gap year would become the catalyst for many more adventures! 

On the AT I gained confidence and the ability to survive and thrive in the mountains. I learned how to prepare for weeks without support in the back country, how to hike for 12 hours per day, and how to self-rescue.

After the AT, I took a position with Emory Medical School as an organic chemist. It was amazing to be part of the advancement of human knowledge and to contribute to mankind’s understanding of the world. After some wonderful years, the lab closed and I found myself in a position to travel again.

I first studied to become a PADI Divemaster and skilled spearfisherman while living on a Caribbean island. This was the perfect opportunity to explore more of Central America, too. The Pacific Crest Trail was next.

In 2010 I went on to complete the prestigious Triple Crown of Hiking by thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail.

The CDT taught me how to navigate extended cross-country distances with only a map and a compass. I took this purist approach to the CDT because I had ambitious plans on the horizon.

First I needed to return to work, this time as a quality control chemist in a brewery. Great beers and amazing people filled the days. But adventure kept calling!

So I moved back to the Caribbean and became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer in 2012. By 2013 I was ready for the adventure of my lifetime. The goal was to hike solo across the longest continuous mountain range on the planet, the Andes of South America. Over the next three years, I would grind seven pairs of boots down to smooth soles!

Over these three years I also trained to become a high-altitude mountaineer and ice climber. Those skills allowed me to reach the tops of the highest mountains in the western hemisphere!

After three years of hiking and mountaineering, I began a career in digital marketing to continue traveling around the world while working remotely. I also began to share the adventures through words and recordings.

The Caminante is the first book in a series about a three-year journey spent hiking across the length of South America. A complete immersion into the cultures, traditions, politics, cuisine, and wild natural spaces of six amazing countries!

Darkness in the Light is about a long-distance hike on the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. From the North Georgia Mountains to Maine and everything in between! PRO TIP from the trail: NEVER skip the chance to see a waterfall, they were all worth it...

An American Nomad is about a long-distance hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in the western United States. From border to border, the Mojave Desert to the High Sierras to King's Canyon to Yosemite to Crater Lake, to the wild Cascade Mountains, Mexico to Canada, this adventure will amaze and inspire!

A Strong West Wind is about a long-distance hike on the Continental Divide Trail in the center of the United States. From the high desert to the Colorado Rockies to Yellowstone & the Wind Rivers to the raw wilderness of Wyoming and Montana, Mexico to Canada... a supremely satisfying end for the Triple Crown of Hiking!

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