Raised in Boulder City, Nevada, Carl graduated from UNLV and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. After receiving a law degree from the University of Idaho and passing the Idaho bar, he spent the next 29 years on active duty with the Marines, mostly in practice as a military attorney. He spent time in Europe, Japan, and Haiti, made two deployments to Iraq, and obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia with a concentration in International Law. At various times during his career, Carl was also a company commander, battalion commander, Acting Chief of Staff of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, and Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Installations, West. He retired as a Colonel in 2009. Since leaving active duty, Carl has devoted most of his time to volunteer pursuits, including volunteer work with the TRTA. He has been a hiker since his early teens, primarily in the western U.S. Other than the Tahoe Rim Trail (of course!), his favorite hiking locales are Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Carl has completed several of the TRT segments, as well as the thru-hike twice, once as a participant and once as a guide. He and his wife, Donna, currently live in Gardnerville, Nevada; their daughter resides in Sacramento.