Mike was enlivened from an intense summer of hitchhiking to highlines in Yosemite and Squamish and then rolling into Missoula and discovering UM’s slackline community. Tricklining in Missoula with Montana folk was just what Michael needed. During the onset of fall classes at UM (2009), Michael landed ten front flips on the slackline - in a Row! Michael was exploding with grand epiphanies about life and how to become a better person. It was remarkable to see Michael surround by freshman on backcampus trying to meet people and find their way around, and there was half-naked barefooted Michael (the hitchhiker) completely content on their campus and without a doubt stoked to have dropped out of school in Colorado to live his life on a slackline.
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