At 1:30pm on November 15th, 2017, I’m giving a lecture/slideshow called “Machu Picchu: Exploring the Salkantay Trail.” We’ll talk about mountains, llamas, and pisco sours.
This spring I taught several one-night adventure/travel writing workshops in Seattle, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Los Angeles and Bend. After the workshops, I received dozens of emails from students, all asking the same question: What’s next?
On May 17th, I’ll be speaking on a panel about women in the outdoors in Ballard, WA.
Later I lost the pull-up competition.
On Thursday, January 5th, I’ll be leading a one-night adventure/travel writing workshop with the Seattle Mountaineers.
In March of this year, I made a new friend: Hatie Parmeter, a kickass Chicago-based journalist who reached out on behalf her website, WHOA Magazine. She eventually flew to Portland to interview me, and her published account of our conversation is honest, hard-hitting, and gritty.
On December 21st, I’m giving a slideshow in Lacey, Washington about my experiences during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
In honor of Thanksgiving — and all of my adventurous friends who are celebrating the holiday abroad, under the stars in a campground, or at the crag — I wrote a post for Verticulture (the Outdoor Research blog) about how to bake in cast iron.
My friend Julie and I went climbing in the North Cascades, then wrote about it for the MSR blog.
In January 2017, I’ll be visiting Port Angeles, Washington for two extra-special events with the Outdoor Women’s Alliance.
In the summer of 2016, International Mountain Guides sent me to Tanzania to lead three expeditions to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. This November, I’ve been given the opportunity to share photos and stories from my six weeks in Africa at two slideshows. They’re both in the Pacific Northwest, and they’re both free. Join us!
In August 2016, I was invited to be part of the Stay Wild EXPO at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. They called the event “the world’s first adventure festival,” and I gave a backcountry cooking demonstration with Snow Peak. We made cobbler. And mimosas.
In my years of guiding on Mount Rainier, I’ve worked with lots of climbers — and have had lots of chances to see what works and what doesn’t.
I arrived home from Africa to discover a wonderful surprise waiting in my mailbox: I’ve won a prize from the Society of Professional Journalists. The award is for first place in the “Travel Reporting” category in their Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest for essays and articles published in 2015.
This March, I was invited to speak to a group of graduate students who are studying at the North Cascades Institute (NCI) outside of Bellingham, Washington. After I left, one of the students wrote about the experience in Chattermarks, their community’s blog.
Huckleberry and I are featured in a series of commercials on statewide television, and I still blush every time I hear my voice on the radio.
I’ve recently taught several wonderful classes on travel and adventure writing, during which my students often ask for reading recommendations. As a voracious reader myself, I love to talk about books — and as a writing teacher, I strongly support my autodidactic students. So I went through my notes from recent classes to compile this list of resources.
I wrote another guest post for the Biolite blog! It’s about our 2015 kayaking expedition on the Columbia River, in which we paddled the 110 miles between Boardman and Hood River, Oregon.
At 7pm on March 1st, we’ll be giving a slideshow with photos from our Columbia River adventures at Base Camp Brewing in Portland, Oregon.
This February, I’m teaching a travel writing workshop through Centralia College East. It meets on 2/2, 2/9, and 2/16 in Morton, Washington.