My name is Joslyn (trail name – Sunshine) and I primarily hike with my husband Richard (trailname – Minstrel). We live in Northern Arizona with our dog, Jäger, and love camping and hiking. We are starting our adventure in backpacking Spring 2011 and are striving towards going Ultra Light. We are also adding in another challenge to it all. We are buying all of our stuff according to the “Dave” plan. Those of you not aware, that is financial planning according the the Dave Ramsey method of living. Meaning we save up and budget a head of time for everything. No credit, no overspending, no impulse buying. This is a source of great frustration for me but my time spent out with my gear is much more pleasant when I know it’s paid for and I don’t have to worry that a check is going to bounce because I bought it. I love making my own gear and trying out stuff other people have come up with. As funny as it is, I’m the ounce counter in our family and I would describe myself as a total gear head nerd!