The American Backpacker

My Background


I enjoy backpacking in remote and rugged wilderness areas throughout North America.  I started this website to provide you with product reviews, survival tips, and important backpacking information to make your stay in a wilderness area enjoyable and safe.

My background and experience as a wilderness backpacker began in the military after graduating from High School (1983).   I served and trained with very elite and distinguished units.


  • US Army’s 10th Mountain Division. (1st Battalion 22nd Infantry)
  • US Army’s 3rd Squadron 5th U.S Calvalry.
  • US Army Airborne School.
  • US Army Ranger’s (Ranger School).
  • US Army Special Forces (SFAS Training).


  • Survival Training
  • Mountaineering
  • Patrol Tactics
  • Medical Training
  • Land Navigation
  • Leadership Schools
  • Nuclear Biological and Chemical Training
  • Infantry (Fire Team Leader)

While serving with the 10th Mountain Division I attended the U.S Army’s Ranger School, (Class 12-86) where I earned my Ranger Tab.  In 1991, I attended and successfully completed the Special Forces Selection and Assessment Course, (SFAS) located in Fort Bragg North Carolina.

I was selected and began my training as a Special Forces Medic (18D) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During my training, I sustained a traumatic injury during an airborne operation. I was medically discharged from the Army.

US Army Rangers


After being discharged, I attended Saint Mary’s University located in San Antonio, Texas and I graduated with my B.B.A. Degree (Bachelors) in International Business. I then attended Law School, (Massachusetts), where I earned my JD Degree (Juris Doctorate) in Law. After graduation I missed the military life style and structure that and I began a career in Law Enforcement.


During my Law Enforcement Career I have served with 3 agencies. I currently work as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Raymond Police Department (New Hampshire)
  • Rockingham Sheriff’s Office (New Hampshire)
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Florida)

Between 2008 to 2010, I took a leave of absence from the Sheriff’s Office and I became a US contractor in Afghanistan. I spent one year in Jalalabad (Jbad), Afghanistan, embedded with a specialized military unit. I trained, mentored, and advised the Afghan National Police (ANP) in various Police tactics.  During my tour, I saw and experienced many things to include combat. My diverse Military Background, Law Enforcement Career, Education, and my years of Wilderness Backpacking experience is what I bring to you.

Pictures From My Tour in Afghanistan


There are many remote and rugged Wilderness Areas in North America that can provide you solitude and adventure.  Follow along, as I share with you my knowledge and experience to make your stay in a wilderness area memorable but more importantly safe.

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