yeah, I lived in Milwaukee for 3 years, that's when I got into camping, hunting and later backpacking. Learned the basics with my older son when he was a boyscout. Later my job moved me to Los Angeles, I graduated t here Sierra Club's "Wilderness Travel Course" which I highly recommend. I wanted to volunteer for them as an instructor, but got laid off and found a job back in Milwaukee... Well, I liked Midwest more anyways, but I will miss those mountains a lot.
Actually, I promised myself to revisit LA this summer and do Cactus-to-Clouds trail, Sant Jacinto is the only local mountain I wanted to be on, and haven't been.