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Matt Eatchel

Ah yes, Sin City. I live here. Somewhat by choice and somewhat by circumstance. It is a large hot dry city spread out in the middle of the Mojave Desert covered in concrete and asphalt. The streets run straight forming a grid from one end of the valley to the other, while every home and business is cut from a mold and placed in a replicating fashion within the blocks between the roads. The traffic is terrible, the drivers rude and the economy crap. Where I live, close to the edge of the city, half built neighborhoods are the norm and every other home lies vacant and in disrepair. Who would not want to escape this?

I moved to Las Vegas with my parents when I was fifteen and quickly abandoned it to go work in Glacier National Park after turning nineteen. I continued working around national parks till turning 26. Sometime around 2001 I was lured back to the concrete jungle by the promise of a new truck from the folks. I then promptly met my beautiful wife Janet and settled down. I am now thirty four years old and married with three kids(all boys 11, 7 and 4). My wife and I own a small business and I spend most of my time either managing the house, on the computer or exploring the desert.

I've spent a total of 15 years traipsing around the arid landscapes of the southwest pushing myself to find out just what is over that next ridge. I play out my passions which include hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, backcountry cooking and whiskey on a somewhat regular basis. Trying to do something at least once a week. I operate on a very modest budget and mostly remain within an hours drive from my house. The small unnamed peaks, desert washes and penetrating roads that lay in abundance with no access restrictions are my specialty.

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