Matt Ritter is happiest when he pushes his limits in natural environments. “Life is an opportunity to grow,” he says, “And anything that scares me inspires me.” He believes the world would be a better place if more people got out of their comfort zones and into situations where the outcomes are not guaranteed. And, better yet, if they lived more simply, with less. After spending two winter months backpacking alone in the Catskill Mountains, he realized he just didn’t need much. “I crave simplicity,” he explains. “All the stuff that most people prioritize simply isn’t on my radar. I prefer experience over wealth, and I like to suffer a little bit. Too many comforts distract me from personal growth.” He also strives to make people smile, which he often has the chance to do through his work as a climbing guide. “I want to climb, travel, etc,” he says. “But more important than all that is just simply to be happy and spread joy. Without happiness all this other stuff is worthless.” Check out Ritter’s review of our Summit Pack.