I cannot imagine life without a connection to the outdoors. Growing up I was almost certainly found in the woods near my home, with a pack of friends, muddy and smiling, working on a fort or playing with worms. This passion for the outdoors eventually led me to a career as a wildlife biologist and wild-land firefighter. Today, I'm raising two wild kids and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's my hope that through Gear Forward I'm able to ensure others can find this connection to the outdoors and find adventure around ever bend in the trail too.