I’m going to start this blog by telling you a little bit about me, even though I have an about me page.
My name is Jeff and I’ve lived in PA for most of my life.
I am from Carlisle, PA where I lived my younger years and have extensively hiked throughout the central PA region.
One of my favorite places to go when growing up was around a place, just past Mt. Holly Springs, called Pole Steeple.
I have some crazy big stories about that place.
When I even younger, I attended the Carlisle YMCA Camp Thompson and there is where my outdoor adventure career begins.
(Actually, it began a little before that in the woods of West Virginia and a field in Germany…but that’s another story)
At the Camp, I learned how to create fire! (Build a fire with matches)
I also went backpacking, whitewater rafting, climbing and repelling for the first time.
To say that the camp was my career starter would be an understatement.
As I age and have more time now, I wanted to write a blog about all the adventures that I’ve been to since my early beginnings in central Pa.
Hiking is my way of living.
There is nothing better than falling asleep in the woods, even in the middle of winter, after a long hard day of climbing, backpacking or repelling the walls of a steep face.
Some of my favorite places have been the Grand Tetons, the beautiful Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in the middle of February and Seneca Rocks in West Virginia where I learned to lead climb.
Seneca Rocks was perhaps one of my most favorite places because I was able to hang out with one of the coolest girls I have ever met, eat pizza at the country store and enjoy a squashed pbj at the top of the climbs there.
You could spend a whole day at Seneca Rocks and never get bored.
I always hated going home.
I traveled to Seneca Rocks nearly every weekend for one summer and got really good at climbing.
Once I was done with that, I learned how to Mountaineer and Ice Climb and eventually moved on to whitewater rafting and then kayaking.
I’ve done a lot of adventure sports and they have served me well.
After having kids, I calmed down a bit because little ones are a lot of time but I soon picked up when they were big enough and got them outdoors as well.
We started with camping and we’ve never gone back.
Although it’s a little different those days as it’s a little harder to take a 1 year old on a 3 day or week long backpacking trek, I still have gained the experience to be able to talk about all sorts of backpacking!
For instance, the external frame backpack that carried my kids.
That’s a cool backpack, let me tell you.
It was unbelievable the amount of time I spend researching and trying on backpacks.
When a backpack carries your most beloved possessions, you literally care 100% what goes in it.
Along with my backpacking life, I also took up photography (which I will share here) and of course also leanred the best camera bags and what not around because I’m tough on stuff so I don’t need a bag that works against me.
Actually, I need a bag that protects things from me!
I’m a bit of a Klutz.
So there you go!
My very first blog post! I look forward to teaching you about the woods and reviewing the best backpacks and external and internal packs out there so you can make a great decision as to what is right for you!
-Jeff – The PA Hiker