Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. My passion for the outdoors began while camping as I worked my way through the Boy Scouts. After college I moved to Utah. I spent half my time in the Wasatch Mountains, hiking and snowboarding, and the other half living out of a backpack on the Utah-Colorado boarder, working as a Wilderness Therapy Counselor. It was there I honed my outdoor survival skills and gained a strong appreciation for non-primitive campsites.