I am a hiker, but not really an experienced backpacker, who grew up car camping with my family. I developed a love of the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains, where I grew up, and I live in the red rock high desert of Utah. I am passionate about the environment, books (my Kindle rules!), music, animals, singing, photography, and hiking, obviously. I am planning my 2012 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and I will be raising money for a non-profit called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.