Emily Stifler Wolfe

I am a freelance writer specializing in outdoor adventure and conservation.

My badges of honor include five ascents of both El Capitan and the Grand Teton, six knee surgeries, and a degree in English and Creative Writing from Colorado College. 

In addition to freelancing, I founded and edited Mountain Outlaw magazine and Explore Big Sky newspaper; managed content and outreach for the nonprofit Adventure Scientists; and worked as a professional rescuer with Moonlight Basin Ski Patrol and Yosemite Search and Rescue. 

I live in Bozeman, Montana, with my husband and daughter.


Solutions Journalism Network
Member of the SJN Talent Trade Program (2019)
Travel Grant to report Fuel, Oxygen and Heat (2018)

Western Publishing Association - Maggie Awards
Finalist, Best Profile (A Compass for Life, 2013)
Finalist, Best Semi-Annuals (Mountain Outlaw, 2011)

Montana Newspaper Association - Better Newspaper Contest
3rd place, Mark Henckel Outdoor Writing Award (Torrent from Above—Onion Basin Avalanche, 2015)
Finalist, Best Niche Publication (Mountain Outlaw, 2013)
2nd place, Best Niche Publication (Mountain Outlaw, 2012)
1st place, Best Government Issues Reporting (Turf War, 2011)
1st place, Best Resource Reporting (Effluent Snowmaking Pilot Project on Track, 2011)
3rd place, Best Short Features Story (Coffee Club, A Grasshopper Valley Tradition, 2011)

American Alpine Club
Lyman-Spitzer Cutting Edge Award (2010)
Copp-Dash Inspire Award (2010)
McNeill-Nott Award (2008)




I am a board member of the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund at Colorado College.