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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 couple of decades, when I have had an address it is usually been somewhere near Nelson, BC. (Though more recently I spent 2 1/2 years living in Vancouver).

I got the long distance wilderness backpacking bug in the mid 80's 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 lasted from May until September. 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).

I work as little as I have to to fund my trips, which are self-propelled or with a mostly self-propelled component. I am trained as a survey tech, and for the last couple of decades have worked on and off as a draftsperson for a legal land surveyor in Nelson, and more recently in Vancouver. 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 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 some 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, 2007-2019


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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