Billy Long was raised in Northern California. His interest in Mountaineering was sparked while reading Into Thin Air, when he was drawn to the strength and courage necessary to travel to high places. He has since climbed in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of the North East, and has plans to climb Mt Rainer, Mt Shasta and Aconcagua in the coming year.
Billy does not climb simply for the sake of climbing, but rather, to challenge himself and to experiment with how far he can push his perceived limits. Billy also finds his adventures through skydiving and travel, among other things. In fact, his love of travel has taken him from the streets of Shanghai to the rain forests of Central America. Purposely placing himself outside of his element seems to be one of Billy’s habits.
Upon returning from a five-month backpacking journey through Latin America with the intent of perfecting his foreign language skills, Billy decided to write the next chapter of the adventure he calls life in New York City, where he is currently studying engineering.