The outdoors are my life-blood.
My parents gave me the early privilege (which they might now consider a mistake) of an early set of skis and a small bicycle. I still remember both; the skis were all white K2’s with my name engraved in them – lest any other 4’ tall kids decided to steal them and ski exclusively at Nashoba Valley – and my first bike was a gorgeous no-name bike with a nice yellow frame and black highlights. (Later makes included Peugeot, Bianci, and the pinnacle ride; the flaming pink Specialized “Stump Jumper X2” which although long since retired, still hangs in my garage today.)
Needless to say, I am still a gear head and digging my collection of boards & bikes. Now, however, my hobbies have expanded to include additional expenses in the form of hiking, mountaineering, trail running, fishing, hunting, and any combination thereof. Adventure Racing even struck when a group of three of us under the name “Wicked Pissah” competed in the 2005 Racing Ahead Portland, Maine Urban AR. Having painfully won the overall race, I retired from AR to keep my win ratio.
Nowadays my accomplishments come in the form of philanthropic centuries on the bicycle and slowly peak bagging throughout New England. My goal morphs over time but is loosely translated to peak bagging the 100 highest mountains in New England during the winter season. (Before you ask; yes, I have an Excel file tracking my progress – and my wife’s, my daughter’s, and my dogs.)
I’m always up for a discussion about gear, trips, trails, and adventures and would love to hear from you. If you’re a rider, also check out my site, WickedPhilanthropy.org where we organize our annual charity rides.
This is a picture of me during a 2005 Presidential Traverse of the Mount Washington range. The sunrise, with the valley full of clouds, was absolutely amazing.
Photo: Mike Morris
My wife, Lauren, and I during our 2008 trip to Yosemite with Half Dome pictured in the background.
Photo: Pete Kuhn