Dr. Byron Solberg survived a high neck spinal cord injury 13 years ago. He has relearned to walk twice in the last 13 years and hikes with braces and cane(s). He feels so blessed to be alive, let alone able to walk, hike, and backpack. He is an incomplete quadriplegic.
Byron hikes all around San Diego County, the Sierras, and New Mexico. He has hiked the Tour de Mont Blanc (France, Italy Switzerland), in Equador, and the Everest region of Nepal.
Lightweight backpacking is essential for Byron. He has titanium holding his spine together and is weak in all four extremities. If this form of backpacking was not available, he would not be able to backpack.
Home: San Diego, CA
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Scoutmaster, Roundtable Commissioner, and Trainer at Boy Scouts of America | Spokesperson and Fundraiser Volunteer at Challenged Athletes Foundation
Favorite Training Grounds: San Diego County: Torrey Pines, Iron Mountain, the 20 mile “Scripps Ranch to the Sea!” hike, Miramar Lake, Penasquitos Canyon.
Current Plans: Continue to lead over 200 miles of hiking/backpacking a year to youth and adults in Scouting; 50+ mile backpack trips to Yosemite and Philmont High Adventure Base (New Mexico); backpack in my final three continents to visit-Africa, Australia, and Antartica.