With a little help from my friends.

Way back in the 90’s, while working as a PR flack for Patagonia, I was propositioned with my first legit writing opportunity. “Send us some story ideas,” my friend/editor at Transworld Snowboarding prodded. Not knowing any better, I went big and pitched a snowboard mountaineering trip to the Pyrenees (where we’d climb and shred the three highest peaks along the spine separating France and Spain). Little did I expect to get a green light, soon we were jetting to Luz St. Sauveur: three pro-snowboard athlete/amigos, a cinematographer/buddy and the Top Gun snowboard photographer of that era, Mark Gallup. Once our feature-length story appeared in the glossy pages of that revered endemic magazine, people began to see me as a “writer.” So, I rode the pony...

Since then, writing has evolved from being a sideline-gig to becoming my primary vocation. My preferred medium is narrative nonfiction that weaves outdoor adventure (snow/surf/river/bike) with hardscrabble travel. In that pursuit, you'll also find character profiles & product reviews in my mix. Additionally, I do select commercial content and cause-related writing (& strategy) for brands and issues that light my fire. 

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE STORIES 

*** Click on magazine covers to open PDF's of these articles.

Outside Bozeman

Summer Issue, 2017

A Montana Mile

Blending high alpine singletrack and grizzly bear angst, this essay highlights one of Montana's 5-star rides. 

 

Outside Bozeman

Winter Issue 2016-17

Split Ambition

This profile features Will Ritter and his hyper niche, super booming biz, Spark R&D. Makers of the world's finest splitboard bindings (say what?), Will has built a thriving, Montana-based enterprise from CNC'ed billet aluminium. 

 

Kronicle

Cooke'in with Gas

This is a tale about mentoring. Schutzy - the sensi of shred - shepherds Murph, Kirby and the crew in the high-angle Beartooth backcountry.  

 

 

Bomb Flow

Vamos Ahorita (Go Now/Immediately)

Jack Tackle, a badass, semi-renowned climber, gave me some sage advice, "Buy the fucking plane ticket." Here we heed his not-so-gentle prodding and head to the bowels of Mexico for a salt water cleanse. 

 

Kronicle

Catch A Cheetah: Dave B. Profile

I've done a few snowboarding trips into B.C.'s Coast Range Mountains with Dave Basterrechea. He's got billygoat, big mountain skills that always leave me slack-jawed. Yet, he's a devoted dad and backcountry entrepreneur, as well. Here's a snapshot of this freakishly talented, yet equally low-key shredder.

 

Bomb Flow

Moku Nui Tattoo 

Wrote and photographed a piece about a mid-winter surf junket to my "secret" Hawaiian Island. Bivi'ing for three weeks out of a rental minivan, bouncing off the reef and having an off chance - perfect - surf session with Kelly Slater (and Shane Dorian).

 

American Cowboy

ROAD TRIP: Charlie Russell's Montana

Not my standard beat, I don't normally write for cowboy mags on western art topics. However, this was interesting to research - giddy up!

 

 

Backcountry Magazine

Puckerville, Montucky: A Near Miss in Montana's Bitterroots

Sometimes stories just happen. We were on a mellow, b/c trip at the Downing Mountain Lodge, which is located on the east shoulder of the Bitterroot range. Conditions went from balmy corn skiing to an overnight, extra-dank 18" dump. In our excitement to rip pow, we triggered a monster avalanche. 

 

Islands

When my editor first hit me up with this assignment I balked. You see, I have serious distain for the formulaic "20 Most Beautiful" type topics that proliferate in much of contemporary media. However, once I got off my high-horse, I really enjoyed writing this piece about my favorite isle.

 

Outside - Traveler

Total Immersion: One Family's 18-month (and counting) Hawaiian Hiatus

Thanks to Leslie Weeden, an editor who believes in my writing, I had a solid ten-year run with Outside Mag. 

 

 

Snowboard Life

Burning Ring of Fire

Seriously, how often do you get to use a Johnny Cash song for the title of a story? Even if you don't read the article, check the photo on the opening spread. Contact me if you desire the incendiary recipe.

 

Outside - Travel Guide

Alaska For Greenhorns

This tale is about a heli-shred trip to Alaska; it debunks the general notion that one need be a brass-balls-expert to seek fluffy turns in the 49th state.

 

Backcountry

Scratching The Surface

Wolverine tracks are a good indicator you're in a wild, remote place. Skinning around in the Centennial Mountains, on the Montana/Idaho border, we came across these sharp-clawed foot prints as well as occupied bear dens. And, a slew of sweet lines like this cover photo.

 

Snowboard Journal

Elusive Fruit - Seeking Nectar in the Tantalus Range

Bro trips are all well & good until someone gets swallowed by a bergschrund. That's how I was feeling on this excursion into the serrated, granite pyramids just west of Squamish, BC. High stakes billy goating in a glaciated zone, riddled with crevasses. Did I mention the sweet hut? 

 

PRODUCT & GEAR REVIEWS 

Backcountry

Aeropress and All Terrain Camper

Gear reviews are often rehashed tech specs +/or minimally re-tooled workbook copy. I tend to take a more narrative approach when reviewing tools I get to test drive. From portable espresso makers to pop-up pick up campers, Backcountry mag has given me creative license.  

 

Bomb Snow

Mammut/Barryvox Element avalanche beacon

"Way, way better than a plastic jesus..."

 

Backpacker

Portable coffee contraptions 

A round-up review of java brewing devices.