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
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
By the light of the moon
On childbirth and big walls.
Alpinist, Spring 2018
The Wedding Jacket
A story about love and a ratty old jacket.
Patagonia's Worn Wear blog, February 2018
Top 10 Huts
The best backcountry ski huts to visit this year.
Freeskier, March 2018
Get Avalanche Smart
A new film series increases avalanche class signups for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.
The Avalanche Review, February 2018
5 Reasons to Ski in AprilSkiing the Tram with DadQueen of the SlopesKirby the Avalanche DogLove and Lone PeakBig Sky's Top 5 Classic Lines Dan Egan Steeps CampsMoonlight Storm SkiingLone Peak Velvet
Ongoing series for Big Sky Resort's blog, The Way I Ski It.
The Fine LineLesley Martin was buried in an avalanche for an hour and 45 minutes. She survived.
Moving the NeedleAcupuncture is fast emerging as a safer way to treat pain, depression and other ills.
Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2018
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
Lone Peak TramThe Lone Peak Tram has serious skiing and spectacular scenery.
Big Sky Resort's BasecampZiplining and other family fun
Live Big, 2017/2018
The endless blocs of Montana's Boulder Batholith.
Rock and Ice, August 2017
Blake Wiedenheft is at the forefront of CRISPR research, a type of genetic editing that may change the future.
Mountains & Minds, Spring 2017
MSU research may help Montana families better afford child care
A federal grant funded the new survey—the first of its kind in the state.
Montana State University News Service, June 2017
MSU management professor Bill Brown to discuss transformational leadership at April 18 provost’s lecture"Most of us want lives with meaning and purpose that give us a feeling of satisfaction and competence... Transformational leaders tap into that."
Montana State University News Service, March 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
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
MSU’s Robert Rydell awarded Turpie Prize for excellence in American studies
"Only in film do you encounter mentor-scholars like Dr. Robert Rydell."
Montana State University News Service, October 2016
MSU alum wins grant for new hops farm
Jake TeSelle and Colten Sales are part of a new generation of Montana farmers.
Montana State University News Service, 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
MSU students build new product to help dementia patients
By crossing academic disciplines, MSU students break boundaries.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 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
Stronghold Fabrication builds climbing boulder on MSU campus
And it's going to be the hardest one yet.
Bozeman Magazine, June 2016
Microbeads Are in Our Water
Plastic proliferates in our most important natural resource: fresh water.
This Is Bozeman, August 2015
Landmark Adventure Science on the Great Plains
Global volunteers help build a wildlife refuge larger than Yellowstone.
Sage Magazine, Spring 2015
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
Bike-and-Hike: The 3,500-Mile Microplastics Transect
LA to Glacier by bike, then on foot to the Pacific... why not gather conservation data along the way?
National Geographic Adventure, August 2015
Finding Microplastics in the Earth’s Farthest Reaches
How many skier girls does it take to get an ocean water sample from a moving sailboat in Greenland?
See the Wild, April 2015
Annual Report and Highlights
Bison, pika, melting glaciers, microplastics and the Okavango Delta.
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, 2014
Sharks, Dumpster Diving and the Survival of Mankind
63 days at sea with the crew from Ocean Research Project.
National Geographic Voices, July 2014
Surfing Explorers Stoked to Collect Data
The surfEXPLORE team sees oceanic change firsthand—and now they're doing something about it.
National Geographic Voices, November 2014
"Entreprenuers" special section stories and cover photo
Thai food, burritos, yoga and cheap beer.
Explore Big Sky, May 2014
Spring on the Northern Great Plains
Lightning, bison and snakes. It's all in a day's work for the ASC Landmark program on American Prairie Reserve.
National Geographic Voices, June 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
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 ValuesCaught in a lightning storm with first lady Laura Bush.
Asymbol GallerySkate, surf and snowboard art in Jackson, Wyoming.
Preserving the Western LandscapeA look at the booming high-end ranch real estate industry and its effects on the western landscape.
Mountain Outlaw, Winter 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 photoAnticipating the huntGiving 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 Meditation of Putting up a Climbing Route
Manual labor is meditation. Its side effects are lichen in my eyes, ears and bra, and ticks climbing up my legs. Also, happiness and new routes.
Verticulture, June 2013
Aftershocks: Earthquake Lake Visitor Center Gets A Facelift
The Gartlands woke at midnight, their camper shaking violently. Earthquake.
Yellowstone Quarterly, Winter 2013
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
The Chicken and the Egg
Whence I commence gardening to train for rock climbing first ascents.
Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2013
A compass for lifeAngler-conservationist Craig Mathews co-founded 1% for the Planet with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard.
Sailing with gravityMountain biker Mike Kinrade has a radical relationship with gravity.
Bermont custom jewelryYour grandmother's diamonds and pearls—set in leather.
Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2013
Cover photoThere's gold in them hills
If snow is money, Cooke City is one of the richest places on Earth.
Big Sky Weekly, April 2012
Duffel bag hangtag
Osprey Packs, 2012
You Don't Know SchmidtScot 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
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
A Century on the G—M RanchThe Leffingwells have been ranching cattle in Brackett Creek for five generations.
Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2011
The seasons and faces of Montana climbing.
Rock and Ice, October 2011
Eminent domain law pits Montana landowners against growth and big business.
Big Sky Weekly, September 2011
Trip report: A first ascent near Yellowstone National Park.Colorado College Alpine Journal, 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
Film: "Women at Work, Part 1"Our goal was to make the first free ascent of the 1963 Original Route on Mount Proboscis in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Here is our story. Premiered at the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival, 2010
Film: "Women at Work, Part 2"
The big send, a dance party and a snowstorm.
The Crow's Nest
Splitting the Y Couloir in Montana's Rugged Absarokas.
Powder, November 2009
Respect Your AldersFirst 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
The Other Kind of Riches
When the stock market tanked in 2008, I found gold at Devil's Tower.
Cloudveil, Spring 2009
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
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
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
El Cap, Half Dome and a Greyhound Bus.
Alpinist, Winter 2007-2008
A New Plan for Hyalite Canyon
Montana climbers are working to preserve and improve access to their frozen waterfalls.
Black Diamond, 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
The Montana GirlsVoyeurism on El Capitan.
Brassiere BazaarA 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
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
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
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
Can't get enough? You can find more of my writing at Left on Land, a journal I maintained from 2010-2013.