José H. Gonzales
Name: José H. González
Hometown: Grew up in Puerto Rico, now living in Los Angeles, Calif.
Where I’ve Been: I have been an adventurer my whole life. In 1989, I started leading 5-day backpacking trips in Puerto Rico for a Boy Scout Camp. After that, I split my time between New Hampshire, Maine and the Caribbean. In the past, I worked for Outward Bound and now I teach for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. I'm currently an Assistant Professor for Cal State University at Northridge teaching courses in Backpacking, Outdoor Leadership, and Recreation Management. I feel lucky and fortunate to have spent more than 900 nights sleeping in a tent and to have hiked the Sierras, more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, Caribbean volcanos, waterfalls in Costa Rica and Torres del Paine, Chile among others.
Why I Hike: I can take my family with me on adventures, it’s a great way to stay in shape and it’s accessible and very rewarding.
Lead The Way: In 2019, I am planning to take my students on a backpacking trip to Joshua Tree as part of the Recreation Leadership course. Also, I would like to explore the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains, hike Half Dome (if I am selected in the lottery!) and the Narrows in Utah.
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