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Mazeno LA trail
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Astore valley, Pakistan

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They started with our move to Pasadena.

One walk down Millard canyon in El nino rains, past rows of fragrant invasive Scottish broom, reminiscent of childhood smells, and I was hooked. From that first hike to some in the Sierras, some in the Grand Canyon, and hundreds more in the Angeles National Forest, I went on to hiking higher mountains, the Karakorums and Himalayas. It's what led to philantrophy, something I knew nothing about till I experienced the whole hearted hospitality of mountain folks. What it meant to give back to others, more or less privileged than yourself, became the obvious thing to do.