Phil is a 40 ++ year resident of Big Bear and retired in 1999 after working in education for 37 years. He worked in Bear Valley for 27 of those years and was a teacher, counselor and administrator over the course of those years. He concluded his career working in the County Schools office. He was one of the founding members of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and has served as its chairman since its inception. The picture is at the conclusion of a 200 mile hut system ride from Telleride, Co to Moab, Utah. And yes we had just come out of that snow you see in the background. The thought of dying up there had crossed my mind. Other riders are Rudy Macioge and Steve Hirschler.