Since access to this site is, you probably figured that's me.
While I am William Kemsley Jr., I'm usually called Backpackerbill.
It's because I founded Backpacker magazine. 
That was 1973, and shortly afterwards, I co-founded the only representation for hikers at the federal level, the American Hiking Society.
I’ve always been a hiker, since I was old enough to walk.
And I've enjoyed chatting with hikers, usually out on a hiking trail.
I especially like schmoozing about backpacking footnotes.
 By “footnotes” I mean things we talk about when we stray to off-trail topics like philosophy and spirituality. 
I'll try to post weekly about hiking and those fascinating "footnotes."   
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I live in a casita in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, with my wife, Joy, and our dog, Stanzi.
I hike every morning with Stanzi on one of the thirty mountain, desert and canyon trails within twenty minutes of our front door.
Joy joins us a few times a month on some of our longer, more adventurous hikes.