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 someday. Well, today is the 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 glean 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.