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I’ve tried and enjoyed a lot in my life. This includes many years in Alaska, exploring, hiking, mountaineering, skiing and boarding, and ice climbing, two years in Greenland, several years living and sailing solo on a wooden sailboat in the PNW, motorcycling around the country and Europe, most recently a month riding down Baja, and now thru-hiking. My first ‘thru-hiking adventure, however, was when I snuck away from home at 19 and solo hiked the JMT, long before permits, gps, water filters, and other hikers. Ohhh what a trip!