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 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, including day hiking, backpacking, climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, running, kayaking, and bicycling. 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 forthcoming book Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, out via Mountaineers Books in 2017.
Most recently, my work has appeared in Backpacker, Outside Online, Adventure Journal, Modern Hiker, REI Co-op Journal, Land+People, and Verticulture, among other fine outlets.