hey, so, i'm kinda a dirtbag climber / mountaineer type. i'm not particularly clean-cut. but i am an honest, kind, and intelligent man. so if that's what your looking for, feel free to write.
basic bio... I grew up in Long Island, went to Penn, stayed in Philly a while to manage a pretty cool environmental program for the City. i left to travel the world, did that for 2 years, then started a PhD in Economics. i'm interested in social justice, poverty, and whether consumption is really the true measure of human progress. unfortunately, i didn't find much support for that perspective, so after completing my masters i left, moved back to Argentina and spent the past year working on a farm (and climbing/skiing, of course) in Patagonia. i'm now back in the north, figuring out the next phase. i recently moved to the new paltz area, with the intention of starting a permaculture farm / climbing hostel / campground.
personally, i'm a pretty simple, easy-going guy. i value simplicity and minimalism, and have little taste for luxury. i am generally more comfortable in third world villages than the western world but, while the buddhist in me wants nothing more than to live a quiet life in the mountains, the jew in me feels obligated to serve a greater purpose. this juxtaposition prob sums me up pretty well.
i love to travel. i've been many places, but never as a tourist. i try to immerse myself, learn the culture and the language, become part of the community.
I climb, ski, hike, camp, and all that other stuff. i have done some pretty serious climbs, but most of the time i like to take it easy, enjoy the day, and be safe. really, its just an excuse to spend time in connection with the Earth.
i am a humanist. i believe in being honest at all times, with myself and others, doing the right thing, especially when no one's looking, treating others w respect, and doing my part, as best i understand it, in advancing the human race. i hope to find someone who shares these values.
a climbing/adventure partner would be a nice bonus... =)