My name is Trick Jarrett, I love hiking. Or in truth, I loved hiking in college, and after putting on lots of weight and working a sedentary life in the flattest state in America, I forgot how much I loved hiking. Last year my life took a surprising turn and I moved out of Florida relocating to the Pacific Northwest which is, from what I can see, mecca for hiking. And I’m reigniting my love of hiking by also starting this site about hiking.
Part of my history is that I started a niche site for a game called: Magic: The Gathering. It’s a card game that mixes Bridge, Poker, and Chess with the flavoring of Lord of the Rings. My fan site turned into a career as I now work for the game’s maker, Wizards of the Coast, and I am using my experience building that site to build OffHiking.
I’ve been an outdoors person for much of my life. My family camped a great deal including a trip to Yellowstone in my formative years. I earned my Eagle Scout weeks before I turned 18. Scouting played a very large part of my love of the outdoors, allowing me an opportunity to hike part of the Appalachian trail during a summer camp trip. It also introduced me to the joys of camping, rudimentary living, fire making, rafting, and other things that non-scouting kids never get to do.
In college I continued hiking, taking several trips with a group of friends. We were largely based around hiking the Benton MacKaye trail. Life turned and I moved back to Florida and hiking stopped. Even with scouting, I never really loved hiking through Florida’s sticky, flat, sandy outdoors.
As I began hiking again this year, I took stock of the online resources and found that there was a number of excellent resources online, but very few of them are high quality content combined with high quality website. Most often you find great posts in community forums or low quality websites. Sure you have outdoors magazines and hiking organizations, but they’re not internet content websites.
That is what drove me to create OffHiking.com.
Right now, it’s just me. My pack. And my laptop. But in the coming months I’ll be looking to get more people contributing and building a top notch resource for hikers and backpackers.
So here we are.
OffHiking.com has launched and I’m looking forward to building a top tier hiking, backpacking, and outdoors website.