My name is Chris DeMasi.  I am an alumnus of Virginia Tech class of 2013 with a degree in Humanities, Science, and Environment, and a minor in Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Management.

I am an avid hiker/backpacker.  My professional outdoor experience includes guiding kids ages 8 to 15 at Camp Walt Whitman on hiking and backpacking trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, interning in the Cades Cove district of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and working as a hut ‘croo’ member at Zealand Falls Hut of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

My other interests include music (guitar and mandolin player), food, beverage (homebrewer), culture, the environment, agriculture, fitness and nutrition, reading, writing, and sports (go Hokies!).

I draw inspiration from my family, my friends, the mountains, and music.

I enjoy physically and mentally challenging myself, particularly out on the trail.

Why blog?

This started as an assignment for my Natural Resources Recreation Management Class at Virginia Tech.  The first two posts on this blog were assignments for my class.  I enjoyed it, so I kept doing it.

Quite frankly, I don’t know who’s reading this blog, how many hits it gets, or why anyone would be interested in what I have to say.  I’ve benefitted greatly from other people’s hiking blogs, finding cool places to check out or learning new skills.  Maybe other people will find my blog and draw inspiration from it as well.  Mostly however, I always enjoyed writing in school, and would rather write a research paper than take a test or design and execute an experiment.  This blog is a way for me to informally continue my interest in writing (since I’m done with school), combining it with my greatest passion: hiking.   Ultimately, if someone stumbles upon it, it’s a plus.

If you’re reading, thank you and enjoy!


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Chris –
    I found your site while searching for pictures of McAfee’s Knob. I am a musician working on an album, and my plan is that the back cover of the album will feature a picture of the McAfee’s Knob. The picture you have posted is in a number of ways ideal for the purpose, and I am writing to ask your permission to use it as the basis for the back cover. I am not rich in any way and do not have a budget for photo licensing, but hope that we can work something out. If you don’t mind getting back to me with your thoughts on the subject, I would be grateful. Thank you for your time and attention.
    Eric Carreiro

    1. Hi Eric,

      I’d be happy to let you use my photo. Just use whichever one you’d like, free of charge. If it’s not too much to ask, I’d love to have a photo credit in your album notes, and I’d love to see a picture of the finished product.

      Being a musician myself, I’d love to hear your music as well. Let me know when or where I can access it or how I can hear your CD.


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