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I am an independent journalist focused on outdoor adventure and conservation, especially profiles. A thorough researcher and a careful listener, I love the challenge of landing a tough interview, earning a subject’s trust and capturing their essence. And as an accomplished climber and skier, I can report from a range of environments. My work has been published in Esquire, Outside, Tricycle, Powder and others. 

How Hilaree Nelson Navigates Risk and Parenting   The famed ski mountaineer on what she thinks about when she looks down  Outside, May 2019

How Hilaree Nelson Navigates Risk and Parenting

The famed ski mountaineer on what she thinks about when she looks down

Outside, May 2019

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard Is in Business to Save the Earth—Not Wall Street   "At Patagonia, we make our important decisions based on wanting to be here 100 years from now."  Esquire, April 2019

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard Is in Business to Save the Earth—Not Wall Street

"At Patagonia, we make our important decisions based on wanting to be here 100 years from now."

Esquire, April 2019

2000 Short   As with any day skiing in the backcountry, our goal is to come home alive. But the intense emotions and altered physical state of pregnancy makes it harder to put my thoughts into silos and focus on the present.  Mountain Magazine, Winter 2019

2000 Short

As with any day skiing in the backcountry, our goal is to come home alive. But the intense emotions and altered physical state of pregnancy makes it harder to put my thoughts into silos and focus on the present.

Mountain Magazine, Winter 2019

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

Why Kt Miller May Never Shoot Another Ski Photo Again   After the death of her close friend in an avalanche, ski and adventure photographer Kt Miller had a decision to make: Continue living life on the edge or find a new direction entirely?  REI Co-Op Journal, December 2018

Why Kt Miller May Never Shoot Another Ski Photo Again

After the death of her close friend in an avalanche, ski and adventure photographer Kt Miller had a decision to make: Continue living life on the edge or find a new direction entirely?

REI Co-Op Journal, December 2018

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

Barre Hopping   The beta on barre for injury rehab.  Outside Bozeman, Winter 2019

Barre Hopping

The beta on barre for injury rehab.

Outside Bozeman, 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

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 Anne Gilbert Chase solo on Gallatin Canyon’s Skyline Arête  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
Anne Gilbert Chase solo on Gallatin Canyon’s Skyline Arête

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.