In August 2010, Grif decided that he wanted to go to Mongolia this summer. He spent/is spending the following 11 months getting a group together to join him and is very excited about the A-Team that has been assembled, except when Kate shoots down his dreams. He grew up in Connecticut, USA and attended Bates College studying politics and music. He currently works in finance in New York City. He hopes to play more music soon. He has no idea what he will do after the Mongol Rally but that was kind of the point all along. He is also the father of another team member, Bear Hat. He is blogging for the Huffington Post this summer, and hopes to make a photo album of people around the world wearing Bear Hat. An interesting thing about Grif is that he is currently writing in the third person.