Ben was born and raised in rural Etna, Ca. where he developed his love for nature and backpacking. Shortly after high school he met and married the love of his life. He and his wife decided to make Redding their home 15 years ago and have 2 awesome kids. Ben spends his free time traveling, running, backpacking, golfing, snowboarding and raising his kids. Ben’s favorite beer of all time is Hexagenia IPA.