Hi. My name is Peter Birch, and AdventureProne.com is my personal domain.
a 34 year old computer engineer, who is obsessed with travel, outdoor
sports, and adventure in general. The name "Adventure Prone"
represents how I try to live my life: as a continuous adventure. I am
currently on a year+ long world journey, which will take me to Mexico,
Central and South America, Africa, Europe, South East Asia, and China. Traveling
has been a passion of mine for five years, and one of my life goals has
been to take a year off and travel the world.
I had been working as a computer engineer at Silicon Graphics for the
past ten years, working long hours trying to live the Silicon Valley lifestyle
to the fullest. Over the last few years, my enthusiam for a work-centric
lifestyle waned, and I started to look to travel to add insight and excitement
to my life. I have traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, England, Aruba, and Costa Rica.
In July 1999, while on vacation, I received a much needed push; I was
layed off and given five months severance pay. I spent several months
enjoying my unemployment, exploring a new relationship and thinking of
future travels. By November, my girlfriend and I were ready to set
off on a world journey together. Unfortunately, we broke up before we
set off. After six weeks of recovery and soul-searching, I decided I was
ready to consider traveling again, this time alone. The year 2000 marked
the beginning of my new trip preparations. After months of postponement,
I finally headed out on February 17th, 2000.
Never one to plan travel, I have left things as flexible as possible.
After years of traveling, I have learned that by not making any
specific plans, I leave open the possibility for all sorts of adventures
to occur. Half the fun is not knowing quite what is going to happen.
For a rough itinerary, check out the travel
details on my travel page.
Before beginning my travel sabbatical, I worked for ten years in
the computer industry, as an engineer at Silicon Graphics. Always
one to try new things, I gained broad experience during my tenure
there. For seven years, I did hardware design, working on board
design, chip design, system architecture, and simulation on high
performance graphics workstations before switching to software
engineering. I spent three years in graphics library software,
first managing a software project called Inventor and then working
on a now defunct object-oriented 3D graphics library, known most
recently as Fahrenheit. Most recently, I have been doing web
design in my spare time.
My extra-curricular activities have always been important to me,
none more important than being in the outdoors. I have tried most
every outdoor sport imaginable, but my biggest passion is biking.
I have been a bike enthusiast for my whole life, and now I find
myself addicted to road biking, mountain biking, touring, and bike
commuting, as well being involved in bicycle advocacy in San
Francisco. I am also an avid windsurfer, rock climber,
snowboarder, and hiker.
In addition to outdoor sports, I am also an avid photographer.
My specialty is travel photography, but I also try to get out and
shoot whenever I can back at home. I am also an environmentalist
at heart, and will argue environmental policy for hours with only
the slightest provoking. My other hobbies include music,
cooking, and fixing just about anything I can get my hands on.
|City of Residence:
||San Francisco, California USA
|Saratoga, California USA
||BS Electronic Engineering
||Silicon Graphics (SGI)