AKA - "Herro"
- From Newtown, CT
- Job: Hiker
- Experience: AT '10, 2/3 PCT '14, PCT '15, TA '17, CDT '19
Previous Thru-hikes: AT ’10, 2/3 PCT ’14, PCT ’15, TA ’17, CDT ’19.
What are some of your hobbies?
Disc Golf, Ukulele, and I enjoy designing and creating my own backpacks to use on my hikes.
So why are you doing the great western loop?
Begin with the end in mind: I want to live a great life – not necessarily compared to anyone else. I want to know that when my days are done I left no stone unturned, I pursued my passions to there limits, I pushed myself physically and mentally in any endeavor I took on, and that I never stopped learning and growing.
What do you think will get you to the end?
One step at a time. I love being on trail and living the trail life. I also think being a part of a team will be a part of making it to the end. Additionally, I think I’m built for it. Physically on all my thru-hikes I was able to maintain a healthy weight – I’m not one of those guys that withers away to nothing.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I’m not sure if I need to be remembered. If if had to choose perhaps I would want those I’m closest with to remember me for loving them and sharing life with them and bringing laughter into their lives. As for the greater picture, I don’t feel the need to track the credit. I just hope the ripples I cause in this great ocean of life leave a positive effect with a greater impact then I would ever know.
How would your parents describe you?
Prone to philosophical conversations. Hard working with an independent spark and a different way of thinking about and doing things. My mom would also call me cute.
What’s your luxury item?
Currently rocking a Large Xtherm to finish out the CDT. I carried a skillet and a regulation size frisbee for much of this trail. Years past I’ve packed a ukulele.
Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of great mentors throughout my life and I would have a hard time just singling out one. I think we can learn from anyone if we are open to the experience, even a child. But if I had to choose it wouldn’t be one person. I would say I look up to my parents. I’ve seen the sacrifices they have made in order to reach their goals all my life. The hard work they put into everything. They never stop and it is inspiring.
Three words to describe yourself?
Gregarious, balanced, funny.
Describe your perfect day on trail?
Wake up early in a tent.
What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
This reality was destroyed in a second Big Bang. Though I bet in the new universe would evolve to the new me hiking and finishing the GWL!