Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

Software nerd at a large company by day, my not-so-secret blogger identity is Calipidder - a backpacker, photographer, and gear tester. I work to support my unending desire to both experience the remote mountains, and then tell the rest of the world about it via my blog. I feel strongly that the only way that our wild places will still be here for future generations is if people get out to experience them NOW. One look at Yosemite's Half Dome, or the Grand Canyon, or even a small wildflower poking out among a desolate granite landscape at 14,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, and that person is on their way to feeling a protective ownership of such as place. It is my goal to share these experiences and encourage people to go out and have their own.