Joe (he/him, Prescott, AZ) started racing mountain bikes in 1992 in New England, and soon learned that it was more fun to push your bike uphill on chunky jeep roads with a backpack full of candy and sleep out under the stars. He took his first official bikepacking trip around 1995, but had no idea that the word “bikepacking” existed. Many years later, he still loves the chunky jeep roads, but eats less candy. Joe is an expert on public lands management and policy and has worked in the natural resources management field since the late 1990s as an educator, guide, trail builder, forester, ecologist, wilderness advocate, and is now Southwest Advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity.