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. 

Uganda
360Durango

Path of Logic: Durangoan Brings Aid to Uganda Through Biking

Back in May of 2016, local Durangoan Nichole Baker, a PA in pathology at Mercy Regional Medical Center, found herself in Haiti after responding to a job ad asking for help with setting up a pathology laboratory. She was tasked with installing equipment and instructing Haitian physicians on the preparation of slides and blocks used to inspect tissue and diagnose maladies such as cancer.

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Fly Fishing
360Durango

Braided: Weaving Women Together

As channels of a river weave between small islands of sediment, like interlacing strands of hair, a braid is formed. Geologically, the term braided refers to a river pattern caused by an increase in sediment load. To Kami Swingle, it represents the interlacing of experiences, tied together to form a shared narrative around the fly fishing supported by those waters.

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Wildlife Photography
360Durango

A Hunter, Refined: Through the Lens of CLaude Steelman

Sitting still, under cover of his blind, countless hours have been invested in waiting for the right moment. A visage of fur creeps into the line of sight and he prepares to line things up. His practiced eyes are glued to his optics as his finger rests tensely on the trigger. So much has led up to this fleeting moment: a journey through well-practiced research, scouting, and waiting. As his target steps into view he …

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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.

Iceland
Osprey Packs

The Discoverer | By Payson McElveen

For over a decade now, the bike and I have had a relationship grounded in ambition. National titles, racing in exotic, far-flung places like Mongolia, or pursuing an FKT on the famed White Rim have all fueled new ideas and goals for the bike. As it is for many children, the bike first meant unbridled joy. Reckless abandon. Playtime. As my search for purpose began to challenge my confused, teenage brain though, bike “racing” captured …

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Backpacking
Osprey Packs

KEN & KENDRA ADVENTURES: FOLLOWING IN MY FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS | By Kendra Slagter

I think I was bound to be the exact replica of my father once I grew up. I mean, it seemed inevitable. I was named after him, after all. When I was a kid, I was convinced I had the coolest dad. I used to brag to my friends that my dad drove firetrucks and nearly broke his neck in a tubing accident (Because almost breaking your neck while tubing is cool, right?). I grew …

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Backcountry Skiing
Osprey Packs

MAKE YOUR LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE: TIPS FOR WINTER RECREATION | By Brett Davis

As humans we know the change is going to happen. It does every year. It is a constant of nature. If you are like me, however, the change can still take you by surprise. The transitions from winter to spring, spring into summer and even summer into fall seem to be gradual and unnoticeable. The cold winter mornings gradually dissipate as temperatures rise and the outside world begins to bud and sprout forth a myriad …

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Over a decade in storytelling and a lifetime of adventure.