Backpacker, Alpinist, Climber
James is a Third Culture Kid turned Weekend Warrior. Although he grew up overseas in urban Southeast Asia, he is first and foremost an avid ultra-light backpacker, amateur alpinist and climber who has made Richmond and the Appalachian Mountains his home. James works as a water/wastewater engineer Monday through Friday, but doesn’t coincide with the lethargic lifestyle that working in a traditional office setting incites. Since moving to Richmond, James has devoted his time off the clock, to living off the grid and has since become an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. If he isn’t in Richmond on the James River fishing, climbing at the quarry on Belle Isle or at Manchester Wall, or running on the trails along the river it is hard to place where he may be as practically no weekend trip is too adventurous for him to take. To name a few, his weekend trips have taken him from Richmond to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California and back, to the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire in the dead of winter and back, and to 40 mile treks through the Smokies…and back. Each trip pushing the boundaries of weekend comfort to see more of the world and take in what it has to offer.
James spends the remainder of his free time helping encourage others to go out and take on new adventures, whether it is just tubing down the James River or driving/flying to a different state for a 24 hour summit attempt. He chronicles his own adventures and story on his blog “Cubicle To Campsite” where he aims to inspire and motivate others to push themselves into the outdoors, to great heights and even greater summits.