I was fortunate to grew up in Oregon and starting hiking and camping at a young age. I have always had a love and respect for the outdoors but it wasn't until my later adult years I realized how important the outdoors were for me and how hiking became my therapy! I love sharing my passion for the outdoors and encouraging others to get outside but I wanted to do more. Finding Gear Forward was an exciting opportunity to be more involved in the outdoor community and really give back to youth. It's so important for our next generation to have access to the outdoors!