Me on Agassiz

Me sitting on the summit of Mount Agassiz

My name is Tyler, and I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t always into the outdoors. I grew up watching television and playing computer games. I kept to myself. I stayed inside most of the time. In all of my first sixteen years of life, I only went into the mountains one time on a trip to Reno, Nevada with my parents. In high school I learned to snowboard and went up once or twice, but other than that, I’d never done anything I’d call adventurous.

Seven years ago, a friend and I went out to Yosemite National Park in the winter. It was cold. It was quiet. I walked on ice. I snowshoed up to the top of a hill where we could see the Clark Range and the High Sierra. A week later, when we came back home, I was struck by how flat the bay area is compared to the hills. I decided then that my life had to be in the outdoors.

Since then, I’ve camped, backpacked, skied, snowboarded, snowshoed, and scrambled my way across the Sierra and Northern California. I’ve spent countless nights sleeping over snow and rock. My focus these days is off-trail travel, exploring the places that fewer people see. I seek the lakes and mountains not accessible by trail. I believe that anyone can be a pioneer; you only need to gain a few skills, and you can find your little bit of solitude in the mountains.

These days, I still live in the San Francisco bay area, and I work at an outdoor retailer. I like to think myself knowledgeable about outdoor gear, and I spend hours poring over maps of Yosemite, Tahoe, and the Eastern Sierra. Aside from the outdoors, I love to play music, write, read, and drink good beer.

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