Welcome to WOTW!
As founder of Watchers of the Wilderness, it was important to build a site dedicated to connecting people to the outdoors. The desire was to build a tool to enable people of different or similar skill sets to connect and grow in their outdoor passion.
We subscribe to the concept that everyone should have fun, be safe and have an opportunity to grow within their limits. Building a group that was formal and required a 501 (3) c or business affiliation is not the goal. A group connected through social media and this site should enable many to come together to interact with our great public lands and eliminate the bureaucracy that develops within volunteer ranger organizations, clubs supported by dues, sponsored clubs, and so on.
Chip has been involved in the outdoors for many years. As a BSA Scout, BSA Cub Master, Competitive Fisherman, Custom lure maker/inventor to BASS and FLW professional fishermen, hiker, backpacker and a boater has given him the experience to share his passion. He was most recently a volunteer wilderness ranger working under the guidelines of the National Forest Service. After his training and in this capacity, he mentored new rangers, led hikes with groups, assisted hikers in need or duress, performed forest maintenance and clean ups, collected forest data on visitors and other observations.
Chip has hiked or backpacked Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Sections of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. In 2007, he had an opportunity to hike a section of the Great Wall of China. You will find him in the Sipsey Wilderness and Bankhead National Forest these days. However, as time allows, he finds opportunities to head to the North Georgia Mountains or the North Carolina Smokies.