Todd – Originally from southern California and bleeding cardinal and gold, he found his way to the Cascades working on Forest Service trail and fire crews where he formed a lifelong attachment to the Wild Places. While in Alaska for a month carrying rocks for a geologist in the remote Brooks range, he had the spectacular life experience of being charged by a grizzly and surviving. Work with the Forest Service took him to southwest Colorado where he met his amazing future wife while tele-skiing at Purgatory. He is a beautiful tele-skier. There was no resisting him. That they met in Purgatory which wikipedia eloquently defines as the ‘conception of postmortem suffering short of everlasting damnation‘ cracks his lovely wife up to no end. He didn’t cry when she took him backpacking on their second date down the Devil’s Staircase into Dark Canyon so she decided he was a keeper. He’s a lucky guy. He can disappear into his shop with trees and come out with furniture, can pilot a raft through big rapids, can drive a golf ball 300 yards, brews brilliant beer , is willing to add stamps to his passport at a moment’s notice and is, all in all, one of the Best People Ever. His capilene is historic and his backpack looks like something that Sir Edmund Hillary might have dragged up Everest but he was willing to go with his super awesome wife to Cambodia and Morocco so she puts up with it. He’s pretty sure his wife is nuts.
Alisa – Grew up in upstate New York and didn’t figure out that backpacking was cool until her mom dragged her, bitching the whole way, on a few trips while she was in college. She was all in by the third trip and backpacking solo within a few months. She loved the freedom of being self-sufficient and having the Adirondacks as a playground. In one summer she enjoyed the summits of all 46 high peaks and managed half of them in the winter that same year. She felt like a bad-ass even though there were some pretty sketchy moments on those winter hikes. She pushed her luck further and thru-hiked the AT the next year which pretty much broke her ability to fight wanderlust forever. She ended up Out West and enjoyed stints in Denver and Flagstaff before landing quite randomly in Durango where, as mentioned, she met the Luckiest Guy Ever. They decided to combine their gear into one Official Pile and live happily ever after. They had two kids and somewhere in there bought a pop-up camper. She’s not sure how this happened but it sure is comfy. Needing a new psychotic diversion they decided the children were ready to go backpacking and this is where they stand today, replacing old nasty gear and getting ready for a season of backpacking in the canyonlands of Utah and the San Juan mountains, making their 3 year old hike 6-mile days, and looking forward to a Wonderland Trail hike in August ’12. She knows she’s one of the luckiest girls on Earth.
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