About

Shawnte-Rock Monster

I am a perpetually curious professional word wrangler.

I enjoy writing about natural spaces and the people who use, impact, and protect them. I love watching a story evolve, grow, and eventually coalesce with a little bit of passion, elbow grease, and divine intervention from the editorial gods. The goal for everything I create is to lift voices and connect with others – to inform and inspire in equal measures.

(Ok, sometimes I just want to make people laugh.)

Deserts and mountains–those big locations where one can feel very small–are my favorite places to spend time, and I enjoy exploring human-powered travel, cultural and spiritual connections, and environmental issues in these places and beyond.

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 The California Sunday MagazineOutsideLos Angeles MagazineAlpinistAdventure JournalModern HikerSNEWS, REI Co-op JournalLand+People, and Backpacker.

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