Began hiking as a child in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Pursued greater outdoor activites in the Boy Scouts which included bicycling, canoeing, and camping. From early days of marriage, I continued the same outdoor activites but now it also included backpacking and x-c skiing. As I’ve aged & incurred physical limitations, I moved into lightweight bp. What a joy to carry a pack for 5 days weighing 20 pounds.