James McNay Brumfield resides on a ranch near the old mission town of San Juan Bautista in central California and divides his time between writing, training horses and mules, and working as a professional packer and mountain guide for Rock Creek Pack Station located in the Eastern Sierras. He has guided trips for over 25 years, and has traveled the High Sierra back country from Sonora Pass in the north, to the Forks of the Kern in the south--a distance of over 300 miles as the crow flies.
Brumfield is also five time World Champion Packer at Bishop Mule days and a member of numerous World Champion pack teams. In 2002 he trained and rode World Champion Green Cow Working Mule, Lil' Joe, and in 2007 Side Kicks Hard Luck.
Jim's mountain heritage runs deep. He is a 6th generation California, a direct descendent of Captain John Jordan who led a wagon train of emigrants to California from Brazos Texas in 1850. Captain Jordan also blazed one of the early trails across the High Sierra, the Jordan trail, and was probably the first white man to see a Golden Trout. John Jordan drowned in the Kern River in 1862.
Brumfield is the author of the thriller/adventure "A Tourist in the Yucatan" which grew out of his extended trips to Mexico to explore the ruin sites, and the modern day western "Across the High Lonesome" based on his 25 years working as a wilderness guide and packer.