Welcome! This site features thousands of photos and hundreds of journal entries from my hiking, backpacking, and bicycle touring adventures, as well on information on how to tackle these trails for yourself.

This site hasn’t been updated for a long time. I have so much Grand Canyon material that I’ve been working on new site exclusively about the Canyon, called Elves Chasm. You can check out my Colorado River rafting journal there and more!

About Me and This Site

I grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1999. After only a single semester, I decided that college wasn’t for me and focused on saving money to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

I finished the trail in 2002, and went back to Allentown to work as cook and save some money again. In 2006 I rode a bicycle across the United States from North Carolina to Seattle, and down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco.

In the autumn of 2007 I backpacked The Long Trail down the length of Vermont.

In the spring of 2008 I landed a job living and working at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I’ve been here ever since. It’s easy to become obsessive about hiking in the Canyon – it’s endless and consumes many of my days off.

In September of 2009 I took some time off to hike the John Muir Trail, and then again in 2010 to hike the Colorado Trail.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit quite a few National Parks, and I’ve been to all the 48 states except for Alaska and Hawaii.

It’s a big beautiful world out here, and the intent of this site is to share my often solitary experiences with you.