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Interview: Casey Schreiner of ModernHiker.com

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When Casey Schreiner graduated from Boston University, the Connecticut native moved to Los Angeles, like many, with a dream of landing an entertainment industry job. "I flew out here with a duffel bag and an air mattress, hoping to land some sort of writing job," he explained. And a job he got--a fun one, too. The 28-year-old West Hollywood resident (just moved from the Miracle Mile) has been writing for G4’s “Attack of the Show” since its beginning days. "It’s a great place to get my hands the latest gadgets, technology, and web sites--and has been a good outlet for all of the jokes about Mac OS X and Star Trek fan-fic that I can’t make in mixed company."

What Schreiner did not expect when he moved to Los Angeles was the city's most in-your-face-but-hidden asset: the mountains and its plethora of hiking trails. His story leading up to the creation of his blog, Modern Hiker, begins on Olympic Boulevard of all places.

When and how did you get the hiking bug?

I actually got the hiking bug very, very late. Growing up in Connecticut, I didn’t spend a lot of time outdoors. While I lived in Boston, I’d walk just about everywhere, but that was more of a necessity than anything else. Of course, the transition from a compact city to our beloved sprawl meant the end of walking as a means of getting around town -- so it makes sense that I got the hiking bug while driving here.

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I have a very clear memory of driving home from work on Olympic Blvd. in the spring. I’d been living out here for almost a year, but while coming over a hill in Century City, I got very clear and broad view of the San Gabriel mountains behind downtown. It was the first time I’d been able to see those mountains from the Westside, and all I knew was that I needed to go and see them up close. That weekend, I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway from La Canada Flintridge to Mount Wilson and was completely awestruck -- we don’t have mountains like that in southern New England!