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The Bio

A Life in Brief

It all started when I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005. I made the decision to backpack across Central America and thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. This gap year was the start for decades of adventure! 

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 worked for Emory Medical School as an organic chemist until 2009. My laboratory built synthetic research peptides through SSPS. 

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 I found myself in a position to travel again.

I started this round of travel by becoming a PADI Divemaster and skilled spearfisherman while living on a Caribbean island. I then hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009.

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…

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

So I moved back to the Caribbean and became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Between 2012 and 2013, I spent more than 500 hours underwater! Intense physical training during this time helped me prepared for the next adventure.

By 2013 I was ready for the adventure of my lifetime. I set the goal to hike across the longest continuous mountain range on Planet Earth, the Andes of South America. Over the next three years I would walk seven pairs of boots down to smooth soles!

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During the course of these three years I also trained to become a high-altitude mountaineer and ice climber. I used those skills to reach the tops of the highest peaks in the western hemisphere!

After three years of hiking and mountaineering, I began a career in digital marketing to travel around the world while working remotely. I also began to share the adventure…

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

Darkness in the Light is about my first 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 my second 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 my third 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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