Select Journalism & essays

As a journalist, I focus on conservation, outdoor adventure and human interest. My work has been published in Outside, Tricycle, Powder, Alpinist and others. I have also managed the editorial process for 100-plus print publications.

   Rewilding Chile and Argentina    Kris Tompkins has protected 13 million acres, and she’s not done yet.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2019

Rewilding Chile and Argentina

Kris Tompkins has protected 13 million acres, and she’s not done yet.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2019

   Ski. Climb. Write.    A living legend among climbers, Dick Dorworth set a speed skiing record, fathered five sons by five women, and drowned his demons in alcohol. Then he found Zen.  Tricycle, Winter 2019

Ski. Climb. Write.

A living legend among climbers, Dick Dorworth set a speed skiing record, fathered five sons by five women, and drowned his demons in alcohol. Then he found Zen.

Tricycle, Winter 2019

   The Patrolman    After 37 years, Big Sky Resort’s patrol director is hanging up his cross and coat.   Big Sky Journal, Winter 2019

The Patrolman

After 37 years, Big Sky Resort’s patrol director is hanging up his cross and coat.

Big Sky Journal, Winter 2019

   Women’s Workwear Is on the Rise    Move over athleisure. Thanks to a deep focus on fit and function, the women’s workwear industry is booming.  Outside, October 2018

Women’s Workwear Is on the Rise

Move over athleisure. Thanks to a deep focus on fit and function, the women’s workwear industry is booming.

Outside, October 2018

   Fuel, Oxygen and Heat    Gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault have been endemic to the male-dominated culture of American wildland firefighting for over a century. One government agency, the BLM, is working to make change.  Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2018

Fuel, Oxygen and Heat

Gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault have been endemic to the male-dominated culture of American wildland firefighting for over a century. One government agency, the BLM, is working to make change.

Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2018

   Skiing the First-Ever Commercial Heli Drop in Montana with Lifelong Skiers    In early May, the winners of a sweepstakes held by Big Sky Resort helicoptered to the summit of Lone Mountain, becoming the first members of the public to heliski on a commercial trip in Montana.  Teton Gravity Research, June 2018

Skiing the First-Ever Commercial Heli Drop in Montana with Lifelong Skiers

In early May, the winners of a sweepstakes held by Big Sky Resort helicoptered to the summit of Lone Mountain, becoming the first members of the public to heliski on a commercial trip in Montana.

Teton Gravity Research, June 2018

   Running Wild    The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year. It currently protects 208 waterways and 12,734 river miles in the U.S., but it will need local on-the-ground support to keep working.  Elevation Outdoors, June 2018

Running Wild

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year. It currently protects 208 waterways and 12,734 river miles in the U.S., but it will need local on-the-ground support to keep working.

Elevation Outdoors, June 2018

   The Road to Legalization    The Hemp Road Trip has traveled through 48 states in two years, bringing a pro-hemp message from sea to shining sea.  Hemp, Spring 2018

The Road to Legalization

The Hemp Road Trip has traveled through 48 states in two years, bringing a pro-hemp message from sea to shining sea.

Hemp, Spring 2018

   By the light of the moon    On childbirth and big walls.  Alpinist, Spring 2018

By the light of the moon

On childbirth and big walls.

Alpinist, Spring 2018

   Top 10 Huts    The best backcountry ski huts to visit this year.  Freeskier, March 2018

Top 10 Huts

The best backcountry ski huts to visit this year.

Freeskier, March 2018

   The Fine Line   Lesley Martin was buried in an avalanche for an hour and 45 minutes. She survived.    Moving the Needle   Acupuncture is fast emerging as a safer way to treat pain, depression and other ills.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2018

The Fine Line
Lesley Martin was buried in an avalanche for an hour and 45 minutes. She survived.

Moving the Needle
Acupuncture is fast emerging as a safer way to treat pain, depression and other ills.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2018

   Mama Mac’s    On lichen scrubbing, new routing, friends and finding myself all over again. The fourth installment of my vertical gardening series for the CCAJ.  Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2017

Mama Mac’s

On lichen scrubbing, new routing, friends and finding myself all over again. The fourth installment of my vertical gardening series for the CCAJ.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2017

   Old School    The leader of a nonprofit ski area in Montana, Randy Elliott's life is intertwined with the mountain—and the mountain is tied to him.  Powder, October 2017

Old School

The leader of a nonprofit ski area in Montana, Randy Elliott's life is intertwined with the mountain—and the mountain is tied to him.

Powder, October 2017

  Backwater Bouldering   The endless blocs of Montana's Boulder Batholith.  Rock and Ice, August 2017

Backwater Bouldering

The endless blocs of Montana's Boulder Batholith.

Rock and Ice, August 2017

  Big Sky: The biggest skiing in America   10 must-dos when you visit the world-famous Montana resort in 2017.  Freeskier Magazine, January 2017

Big Sky: The biggest skiing in America

10 must-dos when you visit the world-famous Montana resort in 2017.

Freeskier Magazine, January 2017

  The Bear and the Devil   A fight to rename America's first national monument.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2017

The Bear and the Devil

A fight to rename America's first national monument.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2017

  Electric Slide   Skiing Yellowstone National Park's Electric Peak.  Monumental—Skiing the National Parks, Powder, October 2016

Electric Slide

Skiing Yellowstone National Park's Electric Peak.

Monumental—Skiing the National Parks, Powder, October 2016

  A Delicate Frame and a Whole Lot of Lady   Frankie is a 1987 Polaris Indy Trail snowmobile. If you treat her well, she will take you anywhere.  The Ski Journal, October 2016

A Delicate Frame and a Whole Lot of Lady

Frankie is a 1987 Polaris Indy Trail snowmobile. If you treat her well, she will take you anywhere.

The Ski Journal, October 2016

  Business Profile: 7 Spruce Farm   Fresh juicy tomatoes from March to November—in Montana.  Explore Big Sky, August 2016

Business Profile: 7 Spruce Farm

Fresh juicy tomatoes from March to November—in Montana.

Explore Big Sky, August 2016

  Business Profile: Blue Bean Coffee Roasters   A Livingston finish carpenter traded his tools for a coffee roaster.  Explore Big Sky, July 2016

Business Profile: Blue Bean Coffee Roasters

A Livingston finish carpenter traded his tools for a coffee roaster.

Explore Big Sky, July 2016

  DiGiulian, Traversi Climb Eiger's Magic Mushroom   Sasha DiGiulian snags the first female ascent of Magic Mushroom, a hard route on the notorious Eiger Norwand.  Alpinist, August 2015

DiGiulian, Traversi Climb Eiger's Magic Mushroom

Sasha DiGiulian snags the first female ascent of Magic Mushroom, a hard route on the notorious Eiger Norwand.

Alpinist, August 2015

  Maverick Makeover   Ranchers rip. We outfitted a sixth generation Montana ranching family head-to-toe with new ski gear, and they gave us the dirt.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2015

Maverick Makeover

Ranchers rip. We outfitted a sixth generation Montana ranching family head-to-toe with new ski gear, and they gave us the dirt.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2015

  "Entreprenuers" special section stories and cover photo   Thai food, burritos, yoga and cheap beer.  Explore Big Sky, May 2014

"Entreprenuers" special section stories and cover photo

Thai food, burritos, yoga and cheap beer.

Explore Big Sky, May 2014

  Reliving the Siege of Leningrad   The people of Leningrad endured starvation, disease, extreme cold, bombings and death en masse for 872 days. A Big Sky artist helps the survivors, now in their 80s, tell the story.  Explore Big Sky, February 2014

Reliving the Siege of Leningrad

The people of Leningrad endured starvation, disease, extreme cold, bombings and death en masse for 872 days. A Big Sky artist helps the survivors, now in their 80s, tell the story.

Explore Big Sky, February 2014

  Weekend Getaway: Whitefish Mountain Resort   Spend three days at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and you may wish English had as many words to describe different snow types as Inuit. Luckily, we do have the words “creamy powder.”  Explore Big Sky, Feb 2014

Weekend Getaway: Whitefish Mountain Resort

Spend three days at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and you may wish English had as many words to describe different snow types as Inuit. Luckily, we do have the words “creamy powder.”

Explore Big Sky, Feb 2014

  Powder Fantasy Draft   Gear review: four skis, two boots, a pair of bindings... and four killer days of skiing in Jackson, Wyoming.  Powder, 2013 Buyer's Guide

Powder Fantasy Draft

Gear review: four skis, two boots, a pair of bindings... and four killer days of skiing in Jackson, Wyoming.

Powder, 2013 Buyer's Guide

  National Values  Caught in a lightning storm with first lady Laura Bush.   Asymbol Gallery  Skate, surf and snowboard art in Jackson, Wyoming.

National Values
Caught in a lightning storm with first lady Laura Bush.

Asymbol Gallery
Skate, surf and snowboard art in Jackson, Wyoming.

  Torrent from Above: The Onion Basin Avalanche   Walker saw the avalanche out of the corner of his eye just before it hit. The story of tragedy in Onion Basin.  Explore Big Sky, January 2014

Torrent from Above: The Onion Basin Avalanche

Walker saw the avalanche out of the corner of his eye just before it hit. The story of tragedy in Onion Basin.

Explore Big Sky, January 2014

  Cover photo Anticipating the hunt Giving should be contagious   Big bull elk and an orange Lamborghini.  Explore Big Sky, October 2014

Cover photo
Anticipating the hunt
Giving should be contagious

Big bull elk and an orange Lamborghini.

Explore Big Sky, October 2014

  The big merger   As Big Sky, Moonlight and Spanish Peaks consolidate under CrossHarbor and Boyne, the next chapter is still being written.  Explore Big Sky, August 2013

The big merger

As Big Sky, Moonlight and Spanish Peaks consolidate under CrossHarbor and Boyne, the next chapter is still being written.

Explore Big Sky, August 2013

  Native Son   Westslope cutthroat trout restoration proposed for Beehive, Bostwick creeks.  Big Sky Weekly, May 2013

Native Son

Westslope cutthroat trout restoration proposed for Beehive, Bostwick creeks.

Big Sky Weekly, May 2013

    Man and Beast   How a grizzly bear attack reflects the health of a species.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2013

Man and Beast

How a grizzly bear attack reflects the health of a species.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2013

  The Chicken and the Egg   Whence I commence gardening to train for rock climbing first ascents.  Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2013

The Chicken and the Egg

Whence I commence gardening to train for rock climbing first ascents.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2013

  A compass for life  Angler-conservationist Craig Mathews co-founded 1% for the Planet with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard.   Sailing with gravity  Mountain biker Mike Kinrade has a radical relationship with gravity. Q & A.  Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2013

A compass for life
Angler-conservationist Craig Mathews co-founded 1% for the Planet with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard.

Sailing with gravity
Mountain biker Mike Kinrade has a radical relationship with gravity. Q & A.

Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2013

  Cover photo  There's gold in them hills  If snow is money, Cooke City is one of the richest places on Earth.  Big Sky Weekly, April 2012

Cover photo

There's gold in them hills
If snow is money, Cooke City is one of the richest places on Earth.

Big Sky Weekly, April 2012

  You Don't Know Schmidt   Scot Schmidt is the original icon of American extreme skiing. But did he really invent the color yellow? And, I journey bravely behind the scenes with "Blizzard of Aahhhh's" filmmaker Greg Stump.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2012

You Don't Know Schmidt

Scot Schmidt is the original icon of American extreme skiing. But did he really invent the color yellow? And, I journey bravely behind the scenes with "Blizzard of Aahhhh's" filmmaker Greg Stump.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2012

  Promiscuous   Trip report: A first ascent near Yellowstone National Park.  Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2011

Promiscuous

Trip report: A first ascent near Yellowstone National Park.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2011

  A Century on the G—M Ranch   The Leffingwells have been ranching cattle in Brackett Creek for five generations.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2011

A Century on the G—M Ranch

The Leffingwells have been ranching cattle in Brackett Creek for five generations.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2011

  Ski in Peace, Jamie Pierre   Jamie Pierre's 255-foot jump is still the record for the largest cliff dropped on skis. He was a family man, and a man of faith. A remembrance.  Big Sky Weekly, November 2011

Ski in Peace, Jamie Pierre

Jamie Pierre's 255-foot jump is still the record for the largest cliff dropped on skis. He was a family man, and a man of faith. A remembrance.

Big Sky Weekly, November 2011

  Big Sky   The seasons and faces of Montana climbing.  Rock and Ice, October 2011

Big Sky

The seasons and faces of Montana climbing.

Rock and Ice, October 2011

  Turf War   Eminent domain law pits Montana landowners against growth and big business.  Big Sky Weekly, September 2011

Turf War

Eminent domain law pits Montana landowners against growth and big business.

Big Sky Weekly, September 2011

  Women at Work   Trip report, photos: A first free ascent of the crux pitches of the Original 1963 Route on Mount Proboscis.  Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2010

Women at Work

Trip report, photos: A first free ascent of the crux pitches of the Original 1963 Route on Mount Proboscis.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2010

  The Crow's Nest   Splitting the Y Couloir in Montana's Rugged Absarokas.  Powder, November 2009

The Crow's Nest

Splitting the Y Couloir in Montana's Rugged Absarokas.

Powder, November 2009

  Respect Your Alders   First ascents in the Tickchik Domes, Alaska.  Climbing, August 2009

Respect Your Alders

First ascents in the Tickchik Domes, Alaska.

Climbing, August 2009

  Anatomy: Bridger Bowl's Schlasman's Lift   The dirty details on Schlasman’s 300 acres and 1,700 feet of vert.  Skinet.com, Winter 2009

Anatomy: Bridger Bowl's Schlasman's Lift

The dirty details on Schlasman’s 300 acres and 1,700 feet of vert.

Skinet.com, Winter 2009

  Powder Made Simple: Bridger Bowl, Montana   Men's Journal, December 2008

Powder Made Simple: Bridger Bowl, Montana

Men's Journal, December 2008

  Early Season on the Dark Side   Girls and bombs. Just another routine morning of avalanche control work at Moonlight Basin.  Powder, October 2008

Early Season on the Dark Side

Girls and bombs. Just another routine morning of avalanche control work at Moonlight Basin.

Powder, October 2008

  More to a Dog's Life   Lizzy the labrador walks out of the mountains a week after being buried in an avalanche.  Powder, November 2008

More to a Dog's Life

Lizzy the labrador walks out of the mountains a week after being buried in an avalanche.

Powder, November 2008

  Anatomy: Big Sky's Cirque   From Tits Up to The Big Couloir.  Skiing, September 2008

Anatomy: Big Sky's Cirque

From Tits Up to The Big Couloir.

Skiing, September 2008

  Offwidth Hombre   Andres Marin learned to climb using old army gear on a volcano in his native Columbia. Now he's into scary wide cracks.  Rock and Ice, July 2008

Offwidth Hombre

Andres Marin learned to climb using old army gear on a volcano in his native Columbia. Now he's into scary wide cracks.

Rock and Ice, July 2008

  Vision for the Millennium   Geoff Tabin is working to eradicate blindness in the Third World.  Wasatch Journal, Winter 2008

Vision for the Millennium

Geoff Tabin is working to eradicate blindness in the Third World.

Wasatch Journal, Winter 2008

  Small   El Cap, Half Dome and a Greyhound Bus.  Alpinist, Winter 2007-2008

Small

El Cap, Half Dome and a Greyhound Bus.

Alpinist, Winter 2007-2008

  All In the Family   The ski industry's biggest and most successful risk taker has a new wife and daughter. Will Shane McConkey still BASE jump?  Ski Journal, Fall 2007

All In the Family

The ski industry's biggest and most successful risk taker has a new wife and daughter. Will Shane McConkey still BASE jump?

Ski Journal, Fall 2007

  The Montana Girls  Voyeurism on El Capitan.   Brassiere Bazaar  A sports bra review.  Rock and Ice, December 2007

The Montana Girls
Voyeurism on El Capitan.

Brassiere Bazaar
A sports bra review.

Rock and Ice, December 2007

  A Passport to the World   Photographer Kristoffer Erickson is on a mission to give back.  Montana Quarterly, Summer 2007

A Passport to the World

Photographer Kristoffer Erickson is on a mission to give back.

Montana Quarterly, Summer 2007

  To: Couches, Their Dwellers and Their Owners   An ode to couch surfing.  Alpinist, Spring 2007

To: Couches, Their Dwellers and Their Owners

An ode to couch surfing.

Alpinist, Spring 2007

  Paradox in Paradise   Will helicopter-assisted ski touring change the sport?  Backcountry, November 2006

Paradox in Paradise

Will helicopter-assisted ski touring change the sport?

Backcountry, November 2006

  Forget Me Not   Jenni Lowe talks about life after Alex.   Women's Adventure, November 2006

Forget Me Not

Jenni Lowe talks about life after Alex.

Women's Adventure, November 2006

  A Midsummer Night's Ski Dream   Couloir skiing on the shortest night of the year.  Powder, October 2006

A Midsummer Night's Ski Dream

Couloir skiing on the shortest night of the year.

Powder, October 2006

  Foreign Coins   I carry small, disembodied stones with me as ballast in my search for home.  Alpinist, Autumn 2005

Foreign Coins

I carry small, disembodied stones with me as ballast in my search for home.

Alpinist, Autumn 2005

  Secrets of the Ultrafit   Breaking down yoga poses Eagle and Triangle with climber Heidi Wirtz.  Backpacker, September 2005

Secrets of the Ultrafit

Breaking down yoga poses Eagle and Triangle with climber Heidi Wirtz.

Backpacker, September 2005

Can't get enough? You can find more of my writing at Left on Land, a journal I maintained from 2010-2013.