I'm 26, a husband and father of 2 kiddos, but in many ways I'm a big kid at heart. I grew up all across the country and getting outdoors was always something I had a passion for, so it's no surprise I landed on backpacking. Spending many years in Novato, CA as a young(er) boy had me outside sleeping out on tarps under the stars in the grassy hills when summer came, picking blackberries, hiking up the fireroads and along deer trails, then I moved to Port Angeles, WA and hiking among the old growth in the Olympic Mountains almost every weekend with my friends was something I fondly remember. I did a 50 miler with my friends Boy Scout troop when I was 13 with little experience in the Olympics and loved it. As a kid and with a family who didn't backpack I never fully adopted it until I grew into my adulthood.
Backpacking now, specifically ultralight backpacking, simply puts together in an excellent package many of my interests: mountains, trails, wildlife, outdoors, photography, friendships, trailrunning, active lifestyle and endurance activities.
So in some ways, backpacking doesn't define me, backpacking naturally transforms the way I do what I've already been doing.