Everyone knows me by my hiking nickname of “Pastor Jim” but I’m not a real pastor. I retired in May 2020 after working as an Engineer for 46 years. I grew up in Pittsburgh, raised a family in Washington State, and moved to Las Vegas in 2007. I have summited Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and Mt Hood (the day Mt St Helens erupted) in the Cascades; spent 10 days/9 nights backpacking the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and a week backpacking the Appalachian Trail in the Smokey Mountains. What I love most about Las Vegas is you can day hike (sleep in your own bed) 12 months of the year within 1 hour from home.
My most significant local accomplishments are Mt Whitney, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim, Humphrey’s Peak and Wheeler Peak. My favorite hikes are ones that are challenging, fun, don’t scare me to death, and have beautiful scenery. These include Terrace Canyon, Fern Canyon, Imagination Trench, Shark Fin, Juniper Peak, Gunsight Notch Loop, Mummy Mountain, Lee Peak, Seven Dry Falls & Cholla Forest, Raven’s Balcony, Hamblin Mtn, Lone Palm, Sandstone High Point, Africa Loop, Yellow Spire, Taylor Creek and Ashdown Gorge.