Topics of Expertise: Can’t say I’m an expert but love Camping, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Winter Camping, Fly Fishing, Search and Rescue, Wilderness Medicine, Skiing, Kayaking, and Climbing.
Years in This Expertise: 25+
Number Of Products & Number Of Hours Expert Has Tested: 100+ products, 1,000+ hours
Education & Certifications
Education: Editorial Journalism, Oklahoma State University
Years of Writing: 30+
Certifications: Wilderness EMT (NOLS), NREMT-B
Club or Association Memberships: Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, Mountain Rescue Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Society of Professional Journalists.
Awards or Recognitions: SATW Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards 2018–2019. Gold Award First Place for “The Gift of Adventure”, VIE Magazine.
Previous Publications: Outside Online, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Travel Channel, USA Today, Sierra Magazine, American Way, New Mexico Magazine, Arizona Highways
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, scaling boarded-up Art Deco skyscrapers downtown until the minute I could move to the mountains of New Mexico. My job as an editor at New Mexico Magazine afforded me the opportunity to explore the state’s beautiful cultures and outdoors for a decade before I set off on the risky adventure of freelance writing. I’ve been fortunate to create content for National Geographic Travel, Lonely Planet, Outside, and other publications before coming to the awesome team at GearJunkie. When not testing gear and sweating deadlines I volunteer as a wilderness EMT with Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, a technical search and rescue team that specializes in high-angle rope rescues.