(he/him Middlebury, VT) I grew up in the Adirondacks enjoying the plethora of public forested land available. My interest in Bikepacking didn’t start until 2018 when I moved to VT. The large network of dirt roads, class 4 roads, and trails available was wildly fascinating to me and soon led me down the rabbit hole of multi day bike trips with a goal of seeing as little pavement as possible. I am a strong believer that the outdoors is for everyone, and that open and supportive communities are essential to help remove barriers of entry for anyone interested in exploring. Additionally, I believe community building is important for the advocacy and education of proper stewardship of the land. I volunteer with the non-profit, VT Bikepackers, which hosts the VT Super 8, a 655-mile figured 8 shaped race through the state, and is actively planning other community bikepacking events.