I have resided in the Southwest for most of my life and have always enjoyed hiking and outdoors in some fashion. The past 9 years my level of fanaticism concerning hiking and backpacking has ramped up steeply. I have spent the past decade gradually working my way into the ultralight philosophy and devote a significant amount of my income to new gear purchases. I currently reside in the Phoenix area and rare is the weekend that I do not get out for a hike of some sort. Time permitting, I also work in the electrical engineering field.