My real name is Deb, but I've been known as "Ramkitten" in the long-distance backpacking community for about 12 years now. The nickname originates from the name of the farm -- RamCat -- that I was living on when I began hiking on the Appalachian Trail. In 2000, I thru-hiked the A.T. from Georgia to Maine, and the nickname has stuck with me ever since, on other trails and online.
In addition to hiking long trails and short, another passion of mine is writing. I have two published novels floating around out there, hundreds of articles, and a non-fiction book project in the works based on my three-month experience in Nepal.
As the ditty in my banner above says, "Walking a trail frees my mind to wander." I do some of my best creative thinking when I'm hiking, and it was on the Appalachian Trail that I came up with the characters and storyline for my first novel, I. Joseph Kellerman.
I'm also passionate about Search and Rescue, which I've been involved with since 2007. Like most SAR members in the U.S., I'm a volunteer, and, for me, it's the most worthwhile, soul-satisfying thing I've ever done.
Most of the images you'll see here come from my hikes, my Search & Rescue activities and my travels, near and far. I'm a New England transplant now living in Flagstaff, Arizona, who loves to explore both close to home and around the world. I hope you'll enjoy sharing some of those adventures with me through my photos and other products and, if you'd like, my writing by visiting my "hiking writer" website or my Search and Rescue blog.
**Some of the photos now included in my emporium were taken by my man, Jeremy Kingsbury, who accompanies me on many of my adventures, near and far, big and small.
Thank you for stopping by!
My Other Sites:
Search & Rescue Stories: True stories by rescuers and those they've helped
Ramkitten on Squidoo
Debra Lauman's Author Page on Facebook