I've written two books on exploring the state's trails ("100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina" and "Backpacking North Carolina") and have been a coach for CureSearch for Children's Cancer's Ultimate Hike program for three years.
What do you find most appealing about hitting the trail?
I like the combination of physical challenge, mental release and constantly being awed by North Carolina's beauty.
What do you hope to get out of our hikes?
Helping others discover and enjoy the experience of seeing North Carolina in a whole new way.
Have you done much, if any, hiking?
I grew up in Colorado, and while I hiked some as a kid, it wasn't until moving to North Carolina in 1992 that I became an avid hiker.