Born approximately one hundred years too late, I should have been a notorious outlaw of the Old West, or a dependable stage coach driver, or a bounty-hunting U.S. Marshal.
The son of an automotive mechanic, I inherited all of the love of motorized contraptions and none of the aptitude to repair them. Undeterred, I was ten years old before realizing that engine noises made with one’s mouth were not a suitable form of dinner table conversation.
My parents threw me into a pool when I was just thirteen months old, under the guise of ‘swimming lessons’. I knew what they were really trying to do. I’ve played football (soccer, to Americans) since the time I could walk, and a lifetime of accumulated injuries means I can now barely walk at all. I still play anyway.
My home field is Yosemite National Park but my wife and I own a ranch near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
With a child’s imagination gratefully retained, I started writing for money in 1996 and have made somewhat of a living from it ever since.
Here’s my background in the worlds of motorsport, high country exploration, and adventure travel. Some of my past promotional, editorial and advertising partnerships:
Arai Helmets, Bell Helmets, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) Rotax, Bridgestone, Briggs & Stratton, BMW, ESPN, Gatorz Eyewear, Haymarket Media Group, Honda North America, Kawasaki Motors Corporation, M4 Exhaust, MyChron, Army National Guard, Oakley, Performance Racing Industry, RACER Magazine, Red Bull Energy Drinks, SHIFT, Snap-On, Sonoma Raceway, Sparco, SPEED Channel (RIP), Yamaha Motor Corporation.
I have produced editorial for a wide variety of motor sports, including Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, NHRA, AMA Superbike, American LeMans Series, ChampCar and IndyCar.
By the standards set forth by Kenneth Walker Esq., I am a travelling neophyte. Yet by other standards, I’m doing okay. I have visited:
Forty-five of the fifty United States, twenty-seven National Parks, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bashkiria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechoslovakia (before the Czech Republic), Ecuador, England, France, Galapagos Islands, Georgia, Germany (also West and East, when they were divided), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, and have over 500,000 road trip miles on my swollen ass.
As for backpacking, over the past 30 years I’ve hiked many remote segments of the John Muir Trail, and the national parks of Yosemite, Lassen, Mt. Rainier, North Cascades, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, Glacier, Zion, and Rocky Mountains. Further exploration has been undertaken in South America, Australia and New Zealand. I’ve spent countless nights in the middle of nowhere, usually near a gentle river or beautiful alpine lake, and my wife has all the mosquito bites to prove it.