Outdoor Writing Expertise

Published Adventure Storytelling

Experienced

Over a decade of experience writing compelling copy, storytelling and helping others polish their own work.

Detailed

My work is appreciated for a high level of detail, helping add depth to the stories I write and professionalism to the ones I edit on others' behalf.

Creative

Creativity doesn't happen in a vacuum. I love drawing inspiration from industry publications, my client's experiences and my own time spent outdoors.

Editorial Features

Stories I've Told

These are a few of the articles, stories and features I’ve written across my career. I particularly enjoy human interest pieces. 

Veteran
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UNCONQUERED BY KILIMANJARO, PART 1: UNDERSTANDING THE WAR AT HOME

For many retired military professionals and first responders, the transition to civilian life is abrupt and jarring as they grapple with challenges like survivor’s guilt, PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation. According to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), an Arkansas-based non-profit that specializes in serving these types of individuals, a lot of these problems stem from a lack of support and direction offered upon leaving the service—support and direction that they aim to provide.

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Mount Kilimanjaro
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UNCONQUERED BY KILIMANJARO, PART 2: KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR A CAUSE

Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, makes its way on to many bucket lists. After Retired Army Specialist Scott West lost his legs in Iraq, the feat seemed like a meaningful challenge to overcome. Early in his recovery at Walter Reed, he attended an inspirational film event for injured veterans. “I looked up at the screen and it was about a Marine—single amputee—that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I said ‘well, ha, if a Marine can do it, an …

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Mount Shasta
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CLIMB AGAINST THE ODDS WITH BCPP: TURNING 14K FEET INTO $6 MILLION FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

Rising 14,179 feet above the pine forests of Northern California, the snow-capped peak of Mount Shasta pierces the clouds and beckons climbers and mountaineers to its thin, crisp, alpine air. It’s one of 12 fourteeners in the state—the fifth-highest among those peers—and requires a keen amount of technical skill, dedication and wherewithal to conquer.

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Copy Editing

Stories I've Smithed

These stories were written by athletes, ambassadors and adventurers, telling their own stories with a little help and polish from me.

Bears Ears
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VISIT WITH RESPECT | By Friends of Cedar Mesa

In Bears Ears National Monument, evidence of those who once inhabited the vast canyons and mesa-tops is everywhere: there are more than 100,000 documented cultural sites within the national monument’s boundaries, making the region one of the most extensive archeological areas on earth. Petroglyphs, pottery sherds, ancestral cliff dwellings and structures remind visitors of not only those who walked these lands before us, but the sanctity of this living, cultural landscape.

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Packing Gear
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AN OUTDOORS FOR ALL: CELEBRATING 5 YEARS WITH SLIM PICKINS OUTFITTERS | by Katie Johnson

From two small towns in northwest Texas, Heather and Jahmicah Dawes both grew up with different, but important experiences in the outdoors. Heather is from a town of 700 people, and while her outdoor experience might not seem conventional, it played a critical role in her upbringing. Whether it was tending to the family garden, fishing in the summers or camping on a mattress on a flatbed trailer—these experiences helped shape the Heather Dawes we …

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Hiking
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Growing Outside: HOW OVER 50 OUTSIDE HAS HELPED SHAWN DRENNAN BUILD CONFIDENCE OUTDOORS | By Shawn Drennan

My name is Shawn Drennan, and I am a proud member of the Over 50 Outside group participating in the 52 Hike Challenge. I currently live in Seattle, WA, and enjoy spending time outdoors, watching live music and visiting my daughter’s family. I grew up as an Air Force brat moving all about the country, which gave me a strong sense that a family unit is an incredibly powerful resource for the fun turns life …

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Over a decade in storytelling and a lifetime of adventure.