Shawnte-Rock Monster

I am a curiosity-seeking, adventure-loving, outdoor-rambling professional word wrangler.

My specialty is writing about wild spaces and the people who use, impact, and protect them. I often weave humor into my work, but also enjoy diving into serious research projects – I love watching a story evolve, grow, and eventually coalesce with a little bit of passion and elbow grease. The goal for everything I create is to lift voices and connect with others – to inform and inspire in equal measures.

Deserts and mountains are my favorite playgrounds, and I enjoy exploring human-powered travel in these places and beyond. Among other things, I’ve danced on top of Kilimanjaro, traipsed through New Zealand and Australia, booze-cruised to Mexico, kayaked with gators in South Carolina, and climbed some of Yosemite’s storied granite. I was fortunate to spend nearly two years exploring the Pacific Crest Trail, snapping photographs and recording impressions for my book Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, released via Mountaineers Books in November 2017.

My bylines include OutsideLos Angeles MagazineAlpinistAdventure JournalModern HikerSNEWS, REI Co-op JournalLand+People, and Backpacker.

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