Grew up in the Kansas City area, started backpacking in my early teens in the early 70’s, the large patch of woods nearby was my wilderness. Graduated to real mountains, numerous trips to Wyoming in the Gros Ventre and Winds, both solo and with friends. A couple trips to the San Juan’s of Colorado. Did the TGO across Scotland in 2015, do it if you can. Frequent walks with mixed short runs keep me prepped. Usually do a week long trip each year. I spend the other 51 weeks thinking about and planning the next.