About Cutter

Just call me Cutter.

In my other life, I’m Jim Smith. I manage Web sites for a TV station in Knoxville, Tenn. But here I’m Cutter.

Cutter is my trail name.

A trail name is what long distance hikers use to identify each other on the trail. Tradition had it that a trail name must be given to you by other hikers. But that has become less so since some hikers figured out they didn’t have to live with a name someone stuck on them if they came up with their own.

So that’s what I’ve done.

But why Cutter?

Think “Breaking Away,” the 1978 movie set on the campus of Indiana University about a group of townies who compete in a university bicycle race. They were the Cutters.

They’re described as “four misfits just out of high school who contentedly contemplate a future as dead-enders.”?

I chose the name because I’m an IU grad and I love bicycling, not because I’m a misfit or a dead-ender.

Uh, I think.

Let’s not get into that, okay?

As for other stuff about me, I live in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. It’s the perfect location for someone who loves the outdoors.

Along with cycling, I like hiking, backpacking and whitewater kayaking.

Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have enough time to do as much of those things as I’d like. I guess that comes with a job that takes way too much of my time, and a wife and two sons. Fortunately, they’re more understanding than the job about my outdoor pursuits.

Feel free to drop me a line! (use the form below)

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  1. [...] But I have to admit I understand the part about not revealing one’s identity. [...]

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