My name is Ben, I’ve always had a love of the outdoors but in the past years that has exploded. Upon starting at the University of Cincinnati in 2014 working towards my B.S. in Architectural Engineering I picked up backpacking through the UC Mountaineering Club, I quickly picked up climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, kayaking, mountaineering and its really just snowballed since then.
In my first trips with my friends I found I was much better versed in directions then they were… They would jokingly call me “Squanto” because I could “lead the way by the stars” but it stuck and now about half the trips I go on I have people affectionately calling me Squanto. Every weekend I get, I can be found down in Red River Gorge in what my friends call “my weekend office”.
My first big trip was a week long trip out to Zion NP, UT and Great Sand Dunes NP, CO with two of my buddies. We set out with one trip planned and came back having completed something completely different and extremely amazing. Since then I’ve been to The Wind River Range, WY, The Black Mountains, NC, Bryce Canyon NP, UT, Guadalupe Mountains NP, TX, Porcupine Mountains SP, MI, and all over Colorado. I’ve summited 4 14ers including Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain NP and multiple 6ers here on the East Coast including Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig. This list will forever be growing…
Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?
A- Hiking Mt. Mansfield, VT in December, Road tripping around South Dakota to visit an old friend and Hike Black Elk Peak in March, Hiking Crater Lake NP in April, Hiking Boulder Pass in Glacier NP in August 2018 (I keep busy…)
Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?
A– My next big trip is a 5 day road trip around Michigan this coming October to show some friends my home state.
Q– What was the last trip you took?
A– My last trip was out to The Wind River Range in Wyoming and Rocky Mountain NP on a 6 day trip, 3 spent getting to Titcomb Lake and Indian Pass, 2 spent hiking in and out of The Cirque du Towers and another spent summiting Longs Peak, a 14,259’ beast of a mountain… In all 72 miles hiked in 6 days, an amazing and tiring trip.