The short version of my overall goals or point of this blog are:
1. To create a website I wish I would have had access to when I started my journey as an outdoors enthusiast/backpacker/camper, long ago in the dark days before blogs existed.
2. Document my continued development, experiences, trail guides, and what I have learned for myself and to share with others.
3. Have an outlet to vent my nerdy backpacking obsessions and experiments, which are mostly centered around backpacking theory and gear.
I have been extremely interested in nature and the outdoors since I was a small child, and started going camping/backpacking on my own when I was around 16 years old. I was born in 1980 in Los Angeles, CA, to a Mexican father and Nicaraguan mother, and since have lived and traveled all over the world. I have been living in Sweden since 2006 with my best friend and wife and our children, two healthy, happy, amazing boys that are the light of my life.
If you want a much longer/wall-o-text elaboration of my intentions, inspirations, and biography, you can read my formal introduction to this blog here.
Disclaimers and concerning advertisements, donations, sponsorship, reviews, etc.:
Just for the record, the content of this blog is written solely by me, Cesar Valdez, and is done as a hobby and resource. Copyright laws of course apply, and please do not duplicate my work without my permission. I am not responsible for any damages (personal harm, financial loss, or otherwise) that might be suffered as a result of any information found on this blog or any advice/tips given via email. This blog and any emails I write connected to this blog only reflect my own personal experiences, opinions, preferences, etc. regarding the topics that this blog focuses on (backpacking, nature, etc.). I am not a "professional" backpacker.
I make no money off of this blog, and take note reader that there are no ads on this blog--in fact, I find ads on blogs annoying, not to mention most ads in general. I am not sponsored by any company and have not received any free items from any company. If I recommend any item or piece of gear it is because I personally value it, and any of the recommendations and/or links to other companies and such is purely because I happen to enjoy or find the quality high in a given piece of gear.
Should any company wish to send me gear to review, they are welcome to, but be warned I will be honest and won't hold anything back simply because I have been sent a free thing to write about. Should any individual find my blog helpful and/or wish to support its existence, you are welcome to send me a friendly donation via PayPal. Again, I make no money on this blog and have no ads--it is just my little labor of love.
You can contact me via the comment section of any post (see: below), or email me directly. This is also my PayPal email should you wish to send a friendly donation should you be so kind:
cesarvaldeziii ( a t ) gmail ( d o t ) com
Thanks to all my readers and those that support my efforts in any way. Don't be shy should you want to contact me with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Provided I have time (and I'm not out on a trail), I am happy to help out or have a productive dialog.
Take care and I wish you happy trails out there.