Who are you and what is your purpose?

My name is Daniel Silverberg. I created this blog to document my misadventures out-of-doors.

Within the past several years, I have taken the plunge into the worlds of fly fishing and backcountry ski touring. I am not an expert and intend to carry on no such pretenses. I am simply a student who likes to share what he has learned.

I also like to take pictures and tell stories, and convince myself I’ll do something with them some day. Well, today is that day I resolve to start doing… something.

At the very least, I would like to maintain this written record of where I have been with some hope of better understanding where I am going. Down the road, I may yet gleam other purposes from these shenanigans – but this is my purpose today.

What is a “Backcountry Gentleman?” Who do you think you are, anyway?

It is a simple play on words. The term “Country Gentleman” can refer to:

  • A publication originating in the 19th century for the farm, the garden, and the fireside, devoted to improvement in agriculture, horticulture, and rural taste; to elevation in mental, moral, and social character, and the spread of useful knowledge and current news.
  • A man of wealth, social standing, and leisure who owns and lives on an estate in a rural area, such as one of the English landed gentry (first known use 1632).
  • The one and only Mr. Guitar, Chet Atkins, legendary picker and father of the Nashville Sound, or alternately his line of gorgeous Gretsch G6122 guitars.
  • A bluegrass band originating in the 1950s, featuring Charlie Waller and Ricky Skaggs (also from Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys).

“Backcountry” is uninhabited wilderness. A “gentleman” is a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man.

Simply put, the backcountry is where I aspire to be. A gentleman is who I aspire to be.