As a girl scout, Pam Abell spent her youth backpacking The Smoky Mountains in Kentucky. After college, she moved to California where she immediately fell in love with the Sierra. Over the past 20 years, she has backpacked and hiked all over the Sierra on her own and as a Sierra Club trip member. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing her love of the Sierra with others. She currently lives with her husband and three sons in Oak Park, California, where she works as a graphic designer for a biopharmaceutical company and spends her free time hiking and trail running in the local mountains.