Hi my name is Edwin Michael Schmidt, but my friends call me Michael. I was born in 1991 in Fairfax hospital, which is right outside of Washington D.C and have lived in Arlington Virginia my whole life. Even though I have lived 5 minutes away from the nation’s capital, I have always loved the outdoors and love to just get away from it all and go on a hike.
I was in the Boy Scouts throughout middle school and high school and it took me on countless adventures into the wilderness. The most memorable was a hiking trip to Philmont Ranch in New Mexico, which is around where we will be staying for the first part of our trip, but it was a 2 week hiking trip in the backcountry and I just fell in love with the landscape.
Other than hiking I love skiing and really enjoy going out into the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains and find it really peaceful to ski down the side of a mountain. I am taking a year off from school, but I previously went to college for one year at Western State which is in Gunnison Colorado, Gunnison is high up in the Rocky Mountains and is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Sates and I did a lot of hiking while I was at school. I played Football at Western State but at the end of the year decided that I didn’t want to continue my football career, so this will be the first fall, in I don’t know how long, that I am not going to be playing football.
I understand that I am going to be the youngest member of the group but I don’t think that will hold me back at all and I can’t wait to get out there and meet you all.