I'm 42 years old and reside in Wisconsin, where there is a great opportunity to be outdoors year-round if you don't mind the extreme shifts in the elements from season to season. I'm a single father with a daughter who has a keen interest and an astute grasp of the outdoors. I have a dynamic career in high-rise commercial property management in a great city, and also volunteer my time as a reserve police officer in one of the suburban communities. Although I love interacting with people and the daily grind of the big city, my heart is in the outdoors. It brings me balance and centricity. It's where I go to decompress and appreciate being small in the scope of nature's might.
I typically hike with a close group of friends and my daughter, although we have often have others join us for hikes of varying distances and skill levels. We do an annual long-distance, self-supported hike for charity, to raise awareness for the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2016, we will be looking to expand on that and complete at least one additional hike for charity. The details of that are still in development.
Aside from my service in the Marine Corps, I have spent most of my life in Wisconsin. It is truly a remarkable state with an abundance of natural history and geographical challenges along thousands of miles of trail systems. In 2013 I began section-hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which winds more than 1,000 miles across the state. I am currently more than 350 miles through the trail. Only a little more than 100 people have ever completed the entire trek, which follows the mark of the last glacial recession more than 10,000 years ago. The geology of the trail is not only challenging, but awe-inspiring. Completing this trail is by far the biggest goal currently in front of me. I also hope to complete the AT someday, as well as to do some hiking in the mountains of Colorado.