About

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I’m a writer, editor, and mountain guide living in Seattle, Washington.

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Saint Andrews (in Scotland) and at the University of Washington (in Seattle), where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies, then attended the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in creative nonfiction. In October 2013, I was the writer-in-residence at the Oregon State University’s H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest as part of the Long Term Ecological Reflections (LTER) program. In February 2014, I led a panel on transmedia storytelling techniques at AWP in Seattle. In September 2014, I attended a month-long artist residency at Jentel in Wyoming.  In October 2014, I led an expedition along the Columbia River Water Trail.

When I’m not writing, I work for International Mountain Guides, where I lead climbing, mountaineering, and hiking expeditions around the world. I’ve guided in North and South America, Europe, Alaska, Patagonia, and Nepal. I’m a Wilderness EMT, a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer, and hold Level 2 certification with the American Institute for Avalanche Education and Training (AIARE). I recently became an extra class ham radio operator.

On my bucket list: A global circumnavigation on a sailboat with Huckleberry, my dog. The ability to bake the perfect popover. A winter in Bali. The perfect sports bra. An up-close underwater encounter with a manatee. The skills, time, and materials to build myself a cabin. A hug from the Dalai Llama.