I started backpacking in the boy scouts more than 10 years ago. In 2001 and 2003 I went to Philmont as a trekker, and in 2003 I also participated in a 21 day program called Rayado. After that I spent a lot of time hiking everywhere I could around Texas and New Mexico, including nearly a dozen trips to Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains. In 2007 and 2008 I returned to Philmont as a Ranger and Rayado Ranger. In 2009 I returned again as a Ranger Trainer.