I am an avid hiker and backpacker from British Columbia. I have been hiking most of my life, and really got into backpacking when I was 14. I started going hiking with my dad around that time (he's a pretty awesome hiking partner), and we've had some pretty fun adventures in the outdoors. I like hiking because it gives me the opportunity to see some of the wonders of nature, and also puts me in an environment where it is socially acceptable to consider a snickers bar (or twelve) to be lunch. It also gives me the nostalgic feeling of not caring whether or not I get muddy.
I would consider myself to be average with regards to pack weight. I'm
generally happy with a base weight of 15-20 pounds. I'm still working
on packing a little lighter, but I don't see myself cutting off my pack
straps or shaving bristles off of my toothbrush. I've already learned a lot about packing light (for example, you don't need to carry two weeks of fuel for a two day trip... yes I've done that), and feel like I'm semi-competent.
Anyways, I've decided to start a blog largely because I enjoy writing almost as much as I enjoy hiking. I'm going to be doing a lot of hiking trips in the next few years, and I would like to document my travels so I can look back and remember all of the good times I've had in the woods. In addition, since I will be documenting my successes and failures (expect more failures), I am hopeful that others may be able to learn from my experiences, and possibly avoid some of the mistakes I will inevitably make. Personally, I have found other peoples' blogs to be very informative and helpful for that very reason. I don't know if my blog will be of any help or interest to anyone, but I hope it is.