"It is not enough to fight for the West; it is even more
important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and
fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests,
encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of
that sweet yet lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness,
that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep the brain in your head
firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I
promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound men with their
hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: You will outlive the bastards."
- Edward Abbey
"Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we
- Alan Watts
"Most of the luxuries and many of
the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but
positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."
- Henry David Thoreau
"I am pessimistic about
the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to
nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of
survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it
appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially."
- E.B. White
||7 - some may call this plain clumsiness,
I prefer to look on it as the unfortunate by-product of an active lifestyle
||Masters Degrees in Electrical and
||Noisy Rock, Jazz
||!!Please do not copy these
Dragon (right ankle)
I live with my lovely wife in Phoenix, Arizona where I am employed as an environmental
engineer. Phoenix is rapidly (or should it be
rabidly) approaching the dubious status of being the 5th largest city in the US, with all
the associated niceties that come with the hoard. Though the sprawl is growing so fast it
seems to take longer each week to find the point where the pavement ends and the desert
begins, there is still much that remains natural, remote and unexplored in the state.
I've been an avid day hiker most of my adult life. In 1994 I became interested in
backpacking. After a three day hike to become familiar with the gear, I set off on a 2,150
mile hike from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian trail. Since that time I've spent many
enjoyable days/nights hiking in the forests of New England, the mountains of Oregon and
the canyons & deserts of Arizona and Utah.
Skydiving: I made my first jump in 1984 with a
college parachute club in Turners Falls MA. Since that time I've logged over
and have held instructor ratings in static line, tandem and accelerated freefall. Although
I have since given up instructing, I still hold a senior rigger rating from the FAA and
continue to fun jump (skysurf and
freefly) as time
Canyoneering: Ever since I bought Michael Kelsey's "Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau" I've been fascinated with exploring slot canyons. Canyon hiking combines aspects of hiking, climbing,
rappelling, and swimming with spectacular
scenery. Exploring these areas is challenging and involves some risk, so it's prudent to become as
knowledgeable as you can about vertical techniques, anchors and gear. Two good sources of information about canyoneering are the
American Canyoneering Association and the
Caving: Another interesting activity I'm involved in requires going underground to crawl, squirm and climb through the dirt and mud. Caving offers a totally new dimension to the beauty that the natural world has to offer, and involves it's own set of risks and responsibilities. For information about caving in your area check out the
National Speleological Society. My wife and I belong to the
Central Arizona Grotto of the NSS which meets the first Friday of every month. Come to a meeting if you would like to get more information about caving in the area.
Music: I have been playing the electric bass for many years and had even considered it as a career at one point. After high school I went to music school for four semesters before coming to the realization that a music career was not the easiest way to make a living. Though I no longer seem to have the time to play in a band, I love to play music and never go more than a few days without picking up my bass. In addition I have recently begun learning to play a Chapman Stick, though much practicing will be required before I attain any proficiency on this interesting instrument.
Fitness: Modern technology and conveniences have made getting up off your
butt a thing of the past. Long distance hiking and backpacking, however, are activities
that demand a certain level of physical fitness in order to be enjoyed. Popular medical
advice specifies 20 minutes of exercise 3 days per week at a level which you are able to
carry on a conversation. I make no claims or recommendations, however for myself, I
believe this is inadequate (look at where this advice is coming from, how many fit &
trim health care professionals have you seen?). Personally, I make sure I get
daily, vigorous exercise and maintain a reasonable diet, but hey ....... I'm not your mom
......... do what you want.
Computers: Though I hate to admit it, it is painfully obvious that I am
somewhat of a computer geek. Dinking away at this web site is one way to
keep in touch with the outdoors until the next time I'm able to go out exploring.
Software used to create this web site = FrontPage 2002 with some hand coded
Graphics = Paint Shop Pro 8 w/BladePro Plugin