About

I’ve been a pretty obsessive mountain biker since the age of 14. Riding in the mountains is just something I do, and plan to keep doing as long as I’m able.

Since Feb 2016 I’ve lived and traveled in a small Scamp trailer. Working as a programmer and for myself has enabled me to be a “digital nomad” — following 70 degree weather around the western states while searching for new terrain to explore.

In cycling, I got into endurance racing for a while, then moved on to bikepack racing once that lightbulb in my head went off. While touring the Great Divide in 2004 I ran into the first divide racers. The next year I joined the race. Then I started my own unofficial event on the AZT — what was maybe the first singletrack bikepacking event. That event has been going on for more than a decade now. I raced the entire Colorado Trail, explored the Grand Enchantment Trail, created new purpose built bikepacking loops, and have been involved in the development of many other new ones through trackleaders.com and bikepacking.net. I love seeing the lightbulb go off in other people’s heads when they get the bikepacking (or mountain biking!) bug.

Most recently I’ve been exploring new routes more than racing. In the summer of 2014 I thru-rode the Continental Divide Trail (the singletrack route) with my girlfriend Eszter Horanyi. That trip took four months and was the first bike trip on the trail in 30 years.




When not riding:

I’m the principal author of the GPS Mapping Software, TopoFusion, a company I’ve purposefully kept small and sustainable. Simply put, I love my company and my software.

In May 2010, I finished my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Arizona. It was a great experience that I learned a lot from, but I don’t plan to teach or go professionally into research. Not yet, anyway.

Most of my time goes into trackleaders.com, which provides web based SPOT tracking services. I work with Matthew Lee on Trackleaders, and we have grown to track endurance events and trips around the world. We have just about as many events as the two of us can handle.

I also run a website about bike camping / adventuring called bikepacking.net. Sometimes I contribute articles to magazines like Tail Winds. Sometimes I head out for a day of trail layout, mapping or building. No day is ever quite the same, and I like it that way.

Home base: A 13′ Scamp trailer, which Eszter and I have lived in since Feb 2016.

Thanks for reading.

picture from the Grand Canyon hike/bike during 7 day traversal of the Arizona trail

Contact

You can reach me at smorris@topofusion.com