If you’re coming here from one of the AT, CDT or PCT Facebook groups it’s too late for me to change your opinion of me. I can’t help myself over there, it’s just too easy. Whew, now that I’ve got that disclaimer out of the way I can get down to business. I started hiking when I was pretty young, I can’t say tall because I was probably taller than you when I was 5 years old. I think I enjoyed backpacking, getting out into the woods and exploring new places. I can’t really be sure because I sure don’t enjoy it now. I mean let’s face it, leaving your home, bed, mini fridge, whiskey collection, 65 inch television and favorite COVID rapid testing center to go live like a dirty homeless person just isn’t that appealing. I mean in between hiking the PCT and CDT the only time in the last 12 years I’ve gone backpacking was to hike the JMT. I may have one or two other weekend backpack trips in there, it may be lame but I really don’t like hiking. Until breweries get this drone delivery thing down my mind probably isn’t going to change. So I went backpacking a lot as a kid, I joined the Boy Scouts to go hiking somewhere with friends every month. We would take a week long trip every summer on the AT or somewhere cool and at some point I went out to Philmont in New Mexico and got my first taste of what real mountains looked like. When I was in 7th grade my dad went to hike the AT, when he got back my backpacking game went from amature to pro. I ditched the external pack and synthetic gear for an internal pack and down. It was the start of something good and my first venture into lightweight backpacking. Fast forward a few years and I’m about to take on my first thru hike, the Pacific Crest Trail. I was young, ambitious and terribly out of shape, four months later I found myself in Canada celebrating the completion of my first thru hike. Fast forward another few years and I found myself quitting my lame ass job and heading off to hike the CDT aka DTC. With a bit more experience under my belt I made it though “The year of fire and ice” and yet again found myself in Canada celebrating another thru hike. Life settled down and got serious, I honestly thought I was done. One more time… Fast forward a few more years and here we are getting ready to hike the Appalachian trail and finish my Triple Crown. Grab some popcorn, bust out the reading glasses and follow along as I once again hit the trail.