Mountain Adventure Tales

Lizzy sand dunes

Photo by Steve “Doom” Fassbinder

A longtime “dirtbag climber,” I’ve spent most of my adult life wandering in and around the world’s highest regions trying to find the best splitter cracks. However, though my passion is rock climbing, I’ll find adventure wherever I go–whether its surfing in Mexico, fishing in the Boundary Waters or simply hiking the mountain behind my house. I just want to be outside as much as possible, exploring the hills, trails, rocks and streams around me.

Over the past 20 years of obsessive rock climbing, I also managed to get a master’s degree in communications/journalism and 18 years of experience in writing/editing, public relations and digital marketing. For five years I worked as a senior contributing editor for Rock & Ice magazine, and I’ve written for a dozen adventure publications. One of my best pieces, “Birth, Old Age, Sickness & Death,” recently earned a notable mention in the book, Best American Sports Writing for 2015.

In the 2000s, I co-founded the non-profit, Girls Education International, that provides educational opportunities for underserved girls in remote regions of the world. I recently signed on to help them out with their digital marketing efforts.

I currently reside in Lyons, Colorado, where I meditate regularly, practice yoga, play my mandolin and ukulele, stare at the Rocky Mountain foothills from my awesome front porch.

Amazing cover photo by John Dickey of me, Quinn Brett and Prairie Kearney looking for a way off the Breakfast Spire after a 18-hour FA adventure, Torsukkatak Fjord, Greenland.

Stacking the rope at the top of Melvin's Wheel on the Bookmark, Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Marc Hemmes.

Stacking the rope at the top of Melvin’s Wheel on the Bookmark, Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Marc Hemmes.