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About Alex

I was born in Germany and spent my early childhood in Turkey, but have lived most of my life in British Columbia, Canada. For the last three decades, when I have had an address it has usually been somewhere near Nelson, BC, in the unceded territories of the Ktunaxa and Sinixt peoples. But in general I am a nomadic soul and have moved about a great deal, racking up many many nights in my tent or under the stars, sleeping in wild places.

I got the long distance wilderness backpacking bug in the mid 80s and have had a few awesome adventures on foot since then. In 2000, I tried cycle touring for the first time; my first overnight trip was several thousand kilometers and took me past the arctic circle to Inuvik. I fell in love with touring and have done a number of tours since, all on the same non-suspension mountain bike (a Specialized Rockhopper which at some point in our adventures together gained the nickname Red Baron). In the summer of 2016 I bought and roughly camperized a mini van (a dodge grand caravan a.k.a. the Silver Pig) which has served as 'luxury' accommodation for a few road/camping trips since. I still hope to spend more time exploring the wilds with a backpack and a tent, but I am not aging all that gracefully and arthritis is setting some limits on what I am able to do.

I'm now more or less retired, but even before that I worked just enough to fund my trips. I am trained as a land survey tech, and did work in that field a fair bit, but over the years I have also driven cab, delivered fliers and catalogues, worked as a wilderness guide, and done various other jobs in order to keep going.

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I am passionate about hiking and biking, but also about sustainable living in general and about living in a way that at least makes some personal concession to reducing the disparity between the rich and the poor in our global community. I try to acknowledge the injustices that have been and continue to be perpetrated by colonialism and the colonialist mentality, and also try to encourage people to celebrate "otherness" rather than using it as an excuse to see certain people as less than human. As a trans/queer person I have a fairly first hand understanding of marginalization; but I also recognize my privilege as a white person and as someone who has had access to post-secondary education.

I'm a philosophy and amateur science nerd and love reading and thinking about ethics and human nature and how things work in general.

First time in the saddle of a shiny red bike

My first time in the saddle of a shiny red bike. Not my lovely red rockhopper, but a beautiful specimen nonetheless and undoubtedly the prized possession of the young turkish man holding it.

To contact me, send an email to hikerbiker(at)riseup.net
I've written it out like this to avoid getting spam, please copy into your email and replace the (at) with @

copyright Alex M. Grove, 2007-2023


Alex's journals

December 2018 - present
the road to nowhere

Spring 2016
Arizona Trail / Grand Canyon

June 2015-Jan 2016
Pacific Coast Hike

Summer/Fall 2014
Oregon Coast Trail

Trans Canada Trail Section Hikes
2014    2016    2018

April 2012
Sunshine Coast

August 2011 - March 2012
From the Great White North to the Land of Fire; Part One

July 2010
Northbound Cascades

March-October 2009
Pacific Crest Trail

March-November 2008
East by Northwest

June-November 2006
Along the continental divide

May-August 2003
On the river's edge

Dec 2001-Jan 2002
Arizona Scrapbook


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