After spending my time outdoors on the lakes of Minnesota as a child, and a few memorable years with Chris in South Bend, I moved west to Arizona and discovered the world of backpacking and mountain biking. After many adventures around Arizona, I jumped at an opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon below the rim with new friends. Since my first foray into the Grand Canyon backcountry years ago, the Canyon keeps calling me back. The thrill is incredibly addicting. Eventually, I pulled Chris into the canyon and shortly thereafter the Grand Canyon Challenge was born. Currently, I work as a finance professional and live with my family in Flagstaff, Arizona.