Contributors

Ali Alami

Ali learned his outdoor skills as a wilderness survival instructor in the Air Force where for 8 years he instructed Department Of Defense personnel on how to survive in different environments with little equipment. Ali spends much of his free time traveling, climbing, hiking, and eating great food (both on the trail and off). Ali takes cooking hints from his wife Sirima who holds degrees in Culinary Arts and Nutrition and shares his passion for the outdoors. Ali founded fitclimb.com in 2009 a social site dedicated to skills and fitness for outdoor enthusiasts.

Alyssa Erickson

I am a Jesus lover, wife, mom, rock climber, skier, photographer and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One of gave it to us. You can learn more about me over at The Kid Project (kidproject.org) my home in the blogging world.

Amelia Mayer

I am a Mama dedicated to my husband and children and striving to live our life to the fullest. We love the outdoors, the mountains, God, and each other. We are a baby wearing, cloth diapering, healthy-eating, outdoorsy family that refuses to let our expanding numbers slow us down. You will often find us pulling our kids on our bikes and carrying them through the trails and up (and down) the mountains. You can also find me blogging over at www.talesofamountainmama.com.

 

 

Andy Porter

For me photography and outdoor travel have always been linked. In 1976 I planned my first trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Two of my friends accompanied me, we hitchhiked from Eastern Pennsylvania to Cascade Locks in Oregon and hiked south, through most of Oregon on the trail. I borrowed a friends Nikkormat for the trip and tried hard to capture the look and feel of what I saw.
Since that first trip on the PCT I have traveled broadly (50 states, 50 countries), yet no matter where I was living, in the US or overseas I always felt a tug back to the Pacific Northwest. Finally settled in NW Washington, I am at home and have an abundance of outdoor photographic subjects. My favorite places are the North Cascades and the Olympic Coast.  Andy Porter Photography

Antrese Wood

Antrese Wood is a Southern California artist and avid outdoor enthusiast. She fell in love with South America after a semester in Patagonia with NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. Later, in a random turn of events, she met and fell in love with an Argentine rock climber. Yes, these things do happen! Now living in Argentina, Antrese recently began a painting expedition entitled “A Portrait of Argentina.”  an 8 month 15,600 mile journey in which she will travel through all 23 provinces painting portraits and landscapes along the way. Follow the journey on twitter @antresewood.

Beth Geiger

Beth grew up in Maryland and started backpacking along the Appalachian Trail while in her teens.  A summer at NOLS in Wyoming whetted her appetite for more remote places. She has been hiking in the Cascades since moving here in 1987, with a particular fondness for loops, one-ways, and exploring new trails. In the last few years she and her husband Carl have been getting their two boys, ages 8 and 4, on the trail as much as possible. Originally a geologist, Beth is now a freelance writer specializing in earth science.

 Blake Miller

Blake is the owner of Outdoor Quest, a business dedicated to backcountry navigation and wilderness survival training. His formal navigation training began when he joined the U.S. Navy in 1975 and continued for twenty years. Blake has taught classes to hikers, wild land firefighters, state agency staffs, Search and Rescue teams and equestrians. He regularly teaches classes through the Community Education programs throughout Oregon. As a volunteer, Blake teaches navigation and survival classes to students in the local school districts and conservation groups. He is a member of a Search and Rescue team. Contact Blake through his website, Outdoor Quest.

Brad Stacener

Brad has spent most of his life in the greater Seattle area after moving from his home state, Alaska, as a child. He graduated with a journalism degree from Washington State University and began his career as a community newspaper editor amidst the golden wheat fields of Lincoln County just west of Spokane. He later co-published a weekly newspaper in the rolling, verdant hills of southwest Oregon and moved back up to the Seattle area where he stumbled upon his catbird seat of jobs—editor of a sport-fishing magazine, Washington Fishing Holes. After the magazine was sold he cast his line back into the familiar pond of newspapering as special sections editor and outdoor columnist for the dailies in Bellevue and Kent. From there he moved downstream to The Mountaineers, near the shore of Elliott Bay, as editor of the Mountaineer. He was lucky enough to arrange a hiatus from the work-a-day world in 2003 when he lived for nine months on the shores of the Caribbean Sea where he wrote, read, paddled, hiked and helped teach basic computer skills to school children in a nearby village when not trying to inveigle bonefish to take his latest fly pattern.

 Brad Weiser

Brad is an East Coast resident playing out of position, a devoted husband and the father of one who he hopes pines for solace in the woods or water when she makes decisions on her own. He has never been anything but a farm kid, chef, restaurant manager or food service director professionally in his life so it is part of his bloodstream. He is a sucker for the siren song of the outdoors who is always updating and analyzing his pack/gear to conform with my efficiency complex in coordination with his somewhat spoiled comfort quotient…and the fact that he may have an equation to extrapolate this is a fatal flaw. His website is http://www.bweiser.com/.

cherylTbioSMCheryl Talbert

I am a newly-retired fifty-something who spent a career as a forester, growing trees and tree seedlings. I was drawn to the Northwest in 1977 by the magnificent forests (which supported me and my husband raising two kids and several adored dogs in this amazing place);  since then I’ve had an insatiable passion for hiking and backpacking in the high Cascades, much of it with the Mountaineers – the steeper the route, the broader the vista, the better!  In the last decade I’ve also discovered a passion for international travel, and now I’m combining these passions in the form of treks on the spines of the world.

Chris Chisholm

Chris Chisholm is founder of Wolf Camp and the Wolf College, and he is author of the Wolf Journey Earth Skills Training Course. He grew up in the north woods of Minnesota before spending his high school years in Germany and a college year abroad in Ecuador. He moved west after earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1991, and from 1992-95 he worked as a Level II Certified Youth Counselor at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Bellingham, WA. He taught Spanish from 1995-97 at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, and was an active member of the Whatcom County Chapter, Washington State Music Teachers Association from 1996-2003. He is certified as a basic tracker by Joel Harden Professional Tracking Services, and is an active member of local Search & Rescue tracking teams. He also received training in Wilderness First Aid, Emergency Water Rescue, and Site/Risk Management from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, and recently completed EMT training. In addition to running the Wolf College since 1996, he teaches for schools and organizations including Waldorf Schools throughout the west coast. Chris is considered an inspirational storyteller, musician, teacher, counselor, outdoorsman and friend to all who have shared time with him at Wolf Camp.

Christopher Kimmel

Christopher is an avid hiker, mountaineer and photographer who resides just outside of Vancouver, Canada. In his articles he hopes to bring a new perspective and an awareness of beautiful hiking areas and scrambling opportunities north of the border. The beauty of nature and the back country has recently sparked a creative passion for photography in Christopher. His camera is an essential part of his gear list and his work can be seen on his website, http://www.alpineedge.ca.

Dave Lowman

Dave is a native of the Pacific Northwest who grew up on the beaches and in the mountains here. He has walked many miles of trails in his 40+ years as a backpacker. Dave was taught the skills of backpacking by a devoted member of the Tacoma Mountaineers and will always be grateful for the education received from him. One of the greatest lessons learned was respect for all that nature has provided us and to protect and defend the wild. Dave loves fishing and nature photography as well as preparing unusual gourmet meals in the wilderness.

Dave’s bucket list includes many international travels and treks. Whenever time and money allow, he will be found in trekking in Nepal, climbing to Machu Picchu, on safari in South Africa, scuba diving in Mexico or wherever wander lust carries him.

 

 Diana Vann

Diana loves the wilderness. She started exploring wilderness areas with her father at a young age, and has continued throughout her lifetime. Between backpacking trips and kayaking expeditions, she spends a large percentage of her time in the backcountry. She has hiked and/or paddled in diverse settings throughout the U.S., such as Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Wind River Range, Yosemite, the Emigrant Wilderness, Denali, the Kenai Fjords, Glacier Bay, Wrangell-St Elias, and in many other locations around the globe, including Baja, Scotland, Peru and Canada. High on her list of places left to explore are New Zealand and Costa Rica.

Douglas Malott

Washington State University grad living in Tumwater, Washington. I work at Tacoma Country and Golf Club. My love for the outdoors started in Spokane, Washington, where I grew up. I spend my free time hiking and backpacking the Olymics any day I get along with mountain biking Capitol Forest and southern Puget Sound Trails.

Elijah DavidsonbioElijah Davidson

Elijah Davidson is a native of North Texas, but since graduating college, he’s spent most of his time in places much more sympathetic to spending time in the wilderness, including Glacier National Park, which will forever be one of the places his heart calls “home.” For now, he lives in Southern California just close enough to escape for the weekend into some of the most beautiful deserts, mountains, and coasts he’s ever seen. He is studying intercultural studies at Fuller Seminary, he reviews films for Reel Spirituality, and he is one of the founding members of the Council of Pie.

Erik Turner

Erik is an aspiring nature photographer who enjoys getting into the back country for unique views but also relishes the challenge of coming up with something new at the normal viewpoints. Erik’s articles will explain the methods behind how he creates his images and will encourage anyone to get outside and help showcase the beauty of nature. You can see his body of work at his website.

 

 

Erika Klimecky

A native of Minnesota, Erika has been enamored with the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest since a young age when her family would make trips to the Portland area to visit her grandfather. Now settled into the beauty of the surrounding Seattle landscape for more than a decade, she has become accustomed to and frequently visits both common and uncommon natural wonders of the area. Hiking, backpacking, and camping are regular activities all the while making use of her first love, photography, to capture the incredible scenes the Pacific Northwest has to offer in order to share them with the world. She currently resides in Kirkland with her husband and two young children. Her gallery of photos is http://frommyart.com.

GlennW bioGlenn Wallace

Glenn Wallace is the Public Information Officer for King County Search and Rescue (KCSARA.org, Twitter @KCSAR, Facebook.com/KingCountySAR). Glenn has been a volunteer with King County 4×4 Search and Rescue since November 2011. He’s been a ham radio operator since 1978, a qualified electronics technician, a software developer and worked at Microsoft and Expedia in a variety of important sounding roles. When he’s not driving down snowy, icy forest roads rescuing people, he’s driving down snowy, icy forest roads competing in car rallies. Despite growing up in Australia, Glenn is a self-proclaimed know-it-all about winter driving and has driven to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT (69°26.6′ N) in the dead of the Arctic winter, twice. Glenn also enjoys camping, boating, astrophotography and writing. He is married with two teenage daughters and they live in unincorporated King County together with their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and three bears.

Greg CBioGreg Christensen

As a kid, Greg hated backpacking. Hated tents. Hated sleeping bags. Hated cooking food around a campfire. And then, something clicked. A native Utahn, he began taking advantage of the state’s canyons and national parks. Working at the Grand Canyon during college solidified his need for a decent compass and water purifier. Attending graduate school in Virginia let him section hike the Appalachian Trail between semesters. He has lived and hiked in Chicago (more stair climbing than hiking), and Geneva, Switzerland. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas where he is a writer and brand creative for The Richards Group, the country’s largest independent advertising agency. He and his wife Suzy have four children, and if you visit their home, that’s exactly what it sounds like.

 Isaac Tait

Isaac is an avid mountaineer, rock climber and aspiring alpinist. He live in Pasadena, California at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains which are both his playground and training ground for “bigger” quests in the High Sierra. He also enjoys mountain biking, canoeing, restoring his 1969 VW Bus and working on his novel. Issac has a special place in his heart for extended road trips but for now he is content with his “weekend warrior” status.

 

 Jenni Denekas

Since graduating from the University of Puget Sound in May 2011, Jenni has dedicated her time to backpacking, traveling and writing. Accordingly, she considers it most accurate to list her current residence as “middle of nowhere,” though most of her mail still goes to her home in Portland for some reason. No matter how widely she roams, Jenni reserves a special place in her heart for her home state of Oregon, particularly the Columbia River Gorge. When not in the forest, Jenni is an avid artist and is busily applying to graduate school for painting. Her outdoor adventures and extensive environmental policy research fuel her artwork, which can be viewed at: www.jennidenekasart.com.

 

 Jim Barbour

Jim “hikin_jim” is a software engineer residing in Southern California. Jim has been hiking and backpacking in the mountains of California and the American Southwest for many years and has led trips both domestically and abroad. Jim is a self confessed gear head and has a particular interest in backpacking stoves of which he owns well over a hundred. Take a look at his blog.

Jim Meyers

Jim Meyers survived growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania by fishing, crayfish hunting and skipping rocks in his local Pennypack Creek. He moved west to attend Colorado State University, where he graduated from skipping rocks to climbing them, and he’s been a student of the mountains ever since. Having climbed throughout North America in all disciplines, climbing remains a primary obsession.  Photography and writing were organic outcomes of the desire to share his experiences with non-climbers, and he’s been lucky enough to weave it all together into a career. He is the Senior Copywriter at a major outdoor gear manufacturer and operates Vertizon Photography (www.vertizonphoto.com), an outdoor adventure-based photo business that also captures weddings, events, families and portraits.  He and his wife live in Seattle with two budding photographers and adventurers, and he still skips a mean rock.

Karenbio SMKaren Sykes

Karen is a Washington native raised near the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. She has been hiking since the early 1980s and hikes year-round. Karen has published articles and photographs in The Seattle Post Intelligencer (she wrote “Hike of the Week” for the Seattle Post Intelligencer for several years) and has also been published in Washington Trails Magazine (formerly Pack and Paddle and Signpost), Enumclaw-PATCH, Sierra and The Seattle Times. Mountaineer Books published her book “Hidden Hikes” (out of print) and she was co-author of “Best Wildflower Hikes, Washington. In addition to hiking Karen scrambles, snowshoes and is also a runner.

Katherine Rooks

Katherine Rooks is a former Seattleite currently confined to the east coast. An avid hiker, kayaker, swimmer, runner, biker, backcountry skier and occasional triathlete, Katherine counts her time in the mountains and on the Sound as some the most enjoyable hours of her life. She’s the mother of two very fine teenage boys whose love of the outdoors and ability to out hike her on any trail make her very proud and very tired. A writer currently at work on her first (only?) novel, Katherine can sometimes be found tweeting at @Ottelia.

Katrina Hilpert

Katrina is a bit of a fitness nut whom happens to enjoy the outdoors more so than the indoors; she would live with the wolves if she could. She enjoys backpacking, climbing, snowboarding, and pilates, to name a few. She has a great dog that also likes to enjoy the outdoors with her; you may see the pair on occasion out enjoying their passion (It would look like she was walking a small Ewok if you did). The time she is not humming that the hills are alive with the sound of music, she can be found volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Bank or the Luca John Foundation. Equally, she can be found consuming various wine and cheeses in Queen Anne or cheering on her Sounders at Qwest Stadium. Last, Katrina pays her bills working on clinical trials for a pharmaceutical company that focuses on diabetic research.

Kelsie Donleycott

An avid backpacker and photographer, Kelsie Donleycott’s love of the wilderness began at an early age while growing up on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. For over a decade she has been exploring the Pacific Northwest and has a special fondness for the Olympic Peninsula where she frequents both the mountain and coastal regions of Olympic National Park. Having completed the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier in 2011, Kelsie daydreams often about long-distance hikes and hopes one day to hike the Appalachian Trail. Through photography and written word she aspires to convey her passion for the wilderness while possibly, in some small way, inspiring others to discover similar feelings.

Lace Thornberg

After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with degrees in Writing and Communication/Theater Arts, Lace Thornberg headed west to live near mountains and saltwater. She landed at Washington Trails Association in 2002. After serving as the Development Director for several years, Lace is currently the editor of Washington Trails magazine. Lace earned a Master’s degree in Museology from the University of Washington in 2010 and plans to use that sometime or another.  Lace’s outdoor pursuits include hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and gardening and helping out with the Washington Alpine Club’s basic climbing class.

 

 

Laurie Ann March

Laurie Ann lives in a small city in Ontario, Canada. She loves to escape the city as often as possible to backpack, hike, or paddle with her husband, Bryan, and her two children. Seeing nature through her children’s eyes is one of her greatest rewards and she remembers how special camping trips were in her own childhood. She shared those first outdoor experiences with her big brother, Bruce, who backpacked and hiked all over Canada throughout his life.

Her relationship with her big brother instilled a deep respect for nature and love of the outdoors in her — a passion that has gone far beyond hobby. She is the author of two backcountry cookbooks and an instructor of wilderness cooking workshops in which she teaches the special skills needed to prepare food for wilderness excursions. Laurie is the owner of the popular Canadian e-zine www.OutdoorAdventureCanada.com. Her other hobbies include photography, sketching, and throwing dinner parties.

BaylesProfileLoren Bayles

Loren is a Washington native, avid hiker, climber, and mountaineer. These passions landed him high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for a time and have inspired him to embark on numerous cross-country treks in his seemingly unwinnable venture to “discover America.” But his love for the Cascades always brings him back to Washington where he’s confident he’ll put down roots and build a home. Loren lives in Eastern Washington with his wife Jeannie and dog Ruca and spends his time seeking out new alpine adventures in Washington’s highest places, enjoying the freedom that can only be found in the mountains.

Melissa Farage

Melissa was born and raised in the Northwest and grew up hiking in the Cascades and exploring the wild beaches of the San Juan Islands. Her first backpacking trip was a 10 day trek across the Olympic Mountains, following the Quinault River. During college she spent four months abroad in New Zealand studying writing and backpacking throughout the North and South islands. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, Melissa is inspired by her outdoor adventures, whether they are bouldering, backpacking, hiking, trail running, scrambling, or simply setting up her hammock in the sun.  After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in May 2010 Melissa has begun a career as a freelance writer and juggles painting, poetry, and writing a novel in her spare time.

 

Michael Cline

A Seattle native, Michael was introduced to the outdoors at an early age. With his entire family involved in backpacking and both of his parents having summited Mt. Rainier before he was even born, it was natural to glean knowledge of the outdoors.  With a grandfather who made fully functional obsidian arrow heads in his spare time and a father involved in search and rescue who thought it necessary for kids to know how to make a fire in snow or rain, Michael learned to be self-sufficient.  Michael began leading small groups scrambling or camping, and with winter being a big part of the Pacific Northwest, he got AIARE avalanche training to help keep everyone safe.

Michael currently resides in Seattle with his wife.  He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Escapia, a company recently purchased by HomeAway in the vacation rental industry.  In his spare time when not in the outdoors or kayaking or working on another startup, Michael might be photographing a wedding, or in an exotic location photographing vacation rental homes. Here is a selection of his pictures.

MichaelFagin BioMichael Fagin

Michael Fagin specializes in mountain weather forecasts in the Western US from the Washington Cascades to the Sierra.  Michael also forecasts for major mountains like Denali, Mt. Everest, and K2 to name a few..  Michael can  be heard on KUOW every Tuesday morning to discuss hikes in Washington and the weather.  Michael is author of “Best Rain Shadow Hikes: Western Washington.”  Finally,  Michael is also a travel writer and is covering the wine regions in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

MrestiveBioSMMichael Restivo

I am a writer, photographer, rock climber, traveler, and explorer. My travels have taken me throughout Europe, Japan, Nepal, and the Western United States. I enjoy climbing, trekking, camping, and whitewater rafting. I am an art and history buff and I feel just as comfortable in museums and historical sites as I do in the wilderness. I aspire to inspire others of my age to travel more and embrace an outdoor lifestyle. When I’m not out in the wild I enjoy writing, reading, music, and an irrational fear of roller coasters.

 

Mick Pearson

Professional Outdoor Educator, Mountain Guide and Owner of KAF Adventures Mick began studying Outdoor Recreation in 1997 at the University of Oregon, and felt the value of experiential education while spending time with others in wild places. These experiences and interactions have impacted his life, created a place for self discovery, and gave him an appreciation for the natural world. Outdoor education and adventure travel fuel Mick’s passion for life. This excitement and commitment to sharing this process is the foundation for his company, KAF Adventures, which is dedicated to self discovery, wilderness skill education and leadership development through outdoor recreation, adventure travel, and wilderness exploration. In all their programs, KAF strives to maintain an awareness of their impact on the natural environment and of different cultures they visit.

Nancy Berman

A 4th generation Californian, Nancy is a freelance writer who has camped across the U.S., which included a night in a torrential storm in the Great Smoky Mountains and a close-enough encounter with a baby bear at Crater Lake. A veteran computer game writer and producer, she’s currently focused on researching culinary history and trying to write a novel.  In her spare time, she knits, crochets, quilts, cooks and tries to get her black thumb to turn green, with little or no luck.

 Orion Ahrensfeld

Orion has been a Northwest photographer for 5 years, attempting to capture images on trails and in the wilderness that convey the beauty of these unique places from a unique vantage point. In particular he has heavily explored the northwest’s Stratovolcanos, trying through imagery to take others to some of the rarer or harder to get to places, while showcasing some of the most interesting geologic features of the Cascade Mountain Range. View more of his photography here.

 

Pat McCullough

Pat McCullough: Pat grew up in the south. He spent his childhood hunting, fishing, and backpacking with family and friends. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and spent 20 years, mostly outdoors. During his time in the Air Force, he developed a love of backpacking and the mountains. After retiring in 1997, he moved to Seattle. He has spent the last twelve years enjoying the pacific northwest backpacking with friends. He continues to test and evaluate techniques and equipment to achieve the lightest backpacking experience possible.

POsborneBioSMPaul Osborn

Paul grew up in Langley, BC spending most of his childhood fishing, camping and just enjoying the outdoors. His first real backpacking experience was with his dad when he was 13 and since then he can’t get outside enough. With 3 kids of his own he is trying to instill in them the same love for nature that his dad imparted to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 Philip Werner

Philip Werner is the author of SectionHiker.com, a popular hiking blog about lightweight backpacking, peakbagging and mountaineering. A frequent speaker, Philip gives backpacking talks and gear demonstrations across New England. In addition, he is a Long Trail mentor for the Green Mountain Club, a trail adopter in the White Mountain National Forest, and a lightweight backpacking evangelist for Gossamer Gear. Philip lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 Rakesh Malik

I’ve trekked in the Adirondacks, the Appalachians, the Olympics and the Cascades, and even climbed Kilimanjaro. I do it for the challenge, but also for the beauty and the freedom, the tranquility and the majesty. The photographs allow me to share the experience, and hopefully inspire more people to get outdoors, realize the value of the natural world, and help us save it.

RebeccaWbioSMRebecca Walsh

Rebecca Walsh is a native of Bozeman, Montana where she grew up hiking, fishing, mountain biking and competing in cross-country skiing and biathlon.  Rebecca served in the Army for 7 1/2 years before trading her combat boots in for hiking boots and a slobbery kid in a baby carrier. Rebecca lives in Laramie, Wyoming and blogs about trails in Southeastern Wyoming and Northern Colorado at http://www.justtrails.com.

DCFC0065.JPGRob Bignell

Rob Bignell is an avid hiker, long-time editor, and a former teacher and infantry grunt who’s been taking his son on day hikes for nearly five years. Together they’ve scaled summits almost two miles high, crossed America’s driest deserts, and walked beneath trees soaring 15 stories over their heads. He shares his knowledge and experience of day hiking with children in his book “Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids.”

 

Ryan E bioSMRyan Eisberg

A passionate outdoor enthusiast, parent and community leader… Ryan is high energy and despiser of boredom. Whether it’s a leisurely summer stroll through the Sierras, swimming across Lake Tahoe, or snowshowing through the deep backwoods, Ryan believes in leading an active lifestyle that both challenges and rewards the individual. A former professional water polo player in Australia’s National League, Ryan now brings his zeal for life and the great outdoors to the world of product reviews to help ensure that fellow outdoor enthusiasts know what products they can depend upon when playing in the great outdoors.
Ryan is Co-Founder and Editor of Gumption Gear Review.  You can follow him on twitter and instagram @GumptionGear

 

Steve Matera bioStephen Matera 

Stephen Matera’s photographs capture the wild character of the West. Traveling to some of the most remote and rugged regions of the western United States, Stephen captures this impressive landscape in dramatic light, stunning graphic composition, and fleeting atmospheric conditions.  The three pillars of landscape photography: clouds, form, and light interact to create stunning images of many unseen areas of the West, as well as some unique perspectives on other more accessible areas.  Many of these images are captured after physically challenging backpack trips with a heavy overnight pack.  The only way to capture these fleeting moments is to spend extended periods in the wilderness and to be ready when the three elements converge.

 Thom Schroeder

Thom is a dad whose kid pretty much rocks. He likes to take pictures. He kind of likes mountains and glaciers. So he also likes to climb mountains and glaciers, and even takes pictures when he does. He likes playing the piano and writing music, sometimes even a bit of little story-telling. And even fixing up his house from scratch one bit at a time. He is pretty much one-hundred-percent a hack at all of it.

Tom Milne

Tom grew up in the hills of New Hampshire, spent over ten years in Colorado, and has resided in Seattle for the last twelve years. Outdoor activities have been a focus since an early age; Tom enjoys backcountry skiing, climbing, and mountain biking and recently has enjoyed sharing these pursuits with his two young children.

Tom has been a professional mountain guide since 1999 and has extensive AMGA training, is avalanche level II certified and has instructed and guided rock, alpine, backcountry skiing and high altitude peak climbs all around the world. His professional guiding experience includes leading almost 30 international expeditions, including four telemark descents from the summit of Russia’s Mount Elbrus, summitting Antarctica’s Vinson Massif by two routes in two days, and multiple successful trips in Ecuador, Mexico, and Argentina. Tom is a Wilderness EMT and works for Remote Medical International in Seattle- www.remotemedical.com.