Brian Patrick Higgins, author of a 2016 trail-themed humor memoir, A Good Look Before Dark, has guided thousands on California trails since 1999. But Mount Tamalpais is his home.
Brian founded Hills & Hops on the proposition that local craft beers taste best after an infusion of the rare air on Mount Tamalpais, where ocean-driven air currents collide with San Francisco Bay gusts that set the year-round fog to dancing, often under bright blue skies.
Then it's off to sacrifice all those burned calories to the beer gods at one of Hills & Hops' partner brewpubs throughout Marin County.
Brian, whose guided treks were described by the San Francisco Examiner as "a rollicking tour de force of history, geography and belly laughs," spins his tales from the trail for wider audiences, as well; he's a regular contributor to magazines, newspapers and outdoor websites from coast-to-coast.
On the path to a journalism career that started with a bang, Brian Patrick Higgins played a part in the most warped Sunday Mass in the history of Catholicism; faked his own college graduation; found himself at the center of a riot of bat-wielding baseball players; narrowly missed a point-blank shot to the head; and found himself as an unwitting assistant to The Grim Reaper. In mourning following a litany of funerals, our protagonist meets the woman of his dreams on the very day he inaugurates what is now one of California’s most popular hiking clubs.
After decades of low-hanging fruit on the relationship vine, will he find love at altitude? You might just crack a rib laughing, or shed a few tears, en route to the answer.
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