I’ve been a long-time lurker and contributor to HST, but I never formally introduced myself. Many of you know me as user VHSVHS (my initials), but I recently asked Eric to change my username to Flamingo — that’s my trailname in the thru-hiker community.
In 2005, I was thru-hiking the PCT and I critically damaged by illotibial muscle band in the Anza-Borrega desert. I kept hiking through the pain (and the tears), and I would frequently stop to raise my leg for rest. During this time, triple-crown thru-hiker Nitro saw me silhouetted across a canyon with my leg raised, and she thought I looked like a flamingo with a backpack. She called me Flamingo, and the name stuck to this day.
In 2015, I thru-hiked the CDT southbound. It was a deeply profound experience. You can view my trip blog and photos at http://cdt2015.tumblr.com
Having hiked thousands of miles through many different North American wilderness spaces, I think the Sierra has the finest scenery, weather, and trails. I feel extremely lucky to live near these beautiful mountains, and as long as my physical body cooperates I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Range of Light.
I’m planning to see many of you at Maverick’s HST Meetup #4 later this summer. Woot!