I am a happy father and husband. I am a typical guy, not an athlete or someone with an extensive amount of time off. I work my outdoor adventures into an otherwise busy life with family and work obligations. I just put hiking and the outdoors high on my priority list of things to do when I have a chance. I was born and raised in Southern California. During my youth, I was lucky enough to have had many family trips to Sequoia and I also had an organized and motivated scoutmaster. We went on many camping trips throughout the years, including what we called “Sierra Trips,” which were strenuous multi-day trips in the Sierra Nevada. Because of my father and my scoutmaster, I have developed a lifelong passion for the outdoors. By age 15, I had: • Camped in the desert, beach, and on Catalina Island • Canoed 50 miles along the Colorado River • Climbed Mount Whitney at the end of a 9-day hike from Cedar Grove (age 12) – I returned to Mount Whitney in 2010 • Hiked for 7 days cross-country through the Sierras • Snow-camped on San Jacinto I moved to San Diego in 2000 and have loved it. I moved to the Santa Barbara area in 2011 and am determine to hike all over this place. About the Book and the Site I was on a quest to summit 100 peaks in San Diego and publish a guide book. After hiking 66 peaks in San Diego, in 2011 I received a job offer in Santa Barbara and I took it. I am now hiking in Los Padres National Forest, including Ventura and have started a new list. I also take trips all over, from Mount Ka’ala on Oahu, the Chicago Basin in Colorado, to Wheeler Peak, the New Mexico high point and beyond. Feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions, have input on the site, or would just like to reach out. I hope to see you on the trail.