Janelle McCabe likes the Inland Northwest even more than she dislikes IPAs, so she drinks porters in the corner while writing love letters about riding, running, playing in the snow, playing on the lake, and playing with the people and animals who make it all worth doing.
Elena grew up camping and hiking and finds every excuse possible to be outside or exploring. She is an avid coffee drinker, and writes about whatever piques her interest. She is proud of the fact that she can drive a manual transmission in the snow. You can find more of her writing at egardnerblog.wordpress.com.
As a kid Siobhan shunned the outdoors with its bugs and its dirt, but she has since grown up to love the outdoors (except the mosquitos - she never learned to love those) and has spent the past few years vigorously making up for everything she missed out on as a kid. Siobhan enjoys rock climbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and camping and relishes the opportunity to share her adventures with others.
Sarah Hauge has to admit she has an "indoorsy" nature, but luckily a year-round running addiction gets her outside frequently. She works as a writer and editor and lives in Spokane with her husband, two young daughters, and dog.
Aaron Theisen is a Spokane-based outdoors writer and photographer. In addition to his work for Out There Monthly, Aaron is a regular contributor to numerous outdoors and lifestyle magazines including NW Travel, Adventures NW, Montana, Distinctly Montana, Montana Outdoors, Sandpoint, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living and Washington Trails. He is co-author of the book Day Hiking Mount St. Helens, to be published by Mountaineers Books spring 2015. Aaron is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Trails Association.
Ammi Midstokke lives in Sandpoint, Idaho where she raises her daughter on a deeply ingrained fear of gluten and an arguably dangerous appetite for adventure. Together, they wander the planet with their mountain bikes, trekking kit, and an uncanny ability to get lost. When Ammi is not chasing her first love (trails), she is preaching her second (food) as a Nutritional Therapist. To find out more about saving the world with kale or the misadventures of a single mom, visit her website at www.twobirdsnutrition.com
Amy has been backpacking and skiing Inland Northwest mountains since Fall 2003, after moving from the Seattle area to attend graduate school at EWU’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. She’s been writing for OTM since 2006 and enjoys sharing stories that inspire people to be more active and adventurous. Biking to neighborhood parks, hiking at Riverside State Park and skiing at Mt. Spokane with her husband and two young children are her favorite outdoor pursuits.
Anna Twohig is an enthusiastic skier and mountain biker and likes to explore our rivers and lakes on her SUP, often while wearing a tutu. Her happy place is in the mountains, and she thinks that the Northwest is the best location on earth. Anna is the Spokane Ambassador for SheJumps, a national nonprofit that encourages women to take on outdoor pursuits.
Ben Greenfield’s balanced approach to fitness, nutrition and health comes from his extensive experience in the fitness and wellness industry as one of the country’s leading personal trainers and wellness consultants. In 2008, Ben was nominated by the NSCA as America’s top personal trainer, and in 2013, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.
Brad Northrup is an avid skier, fly-fisherman, and mountain climber. A graduate of Eastern Washington University (BA, MA - History), Brad is the author of numerous outdoor and historical articles. He lives in Nine Mile Falls.
When not teaching English courses at Spokane Falls CC, Bradley is likely to be riding a bike (no matter the weather. That's why someone invented studded bike tires), snow skiing (in bounds or out, once in awhile on skinny skis), working around the house, hiking, kayaking, reading, writing, traveling, or hanging out with wife Rachel and son Tobias. Bradley's among the fourth generation of his family to call Spokane home.
Brad is an avid runner with a special heart for trails and a deep respect for the people who manage them. He also skis Nordic at about an average pace. Ten years into Spokane life, he thinks it's an amazing place with a community of writers, musicians, and adventurers far out of proportion to its size, and that its passion for coffee and craft beer elevates it above most any place on earth.
Brent Emmingham is the station trainer for Horizon Air at Spokane International
Airport. He is usually found on his mountain bike, or on skis helping to keep
the public safe at Mt. Spokane as a volunteer member of Ski Patrol. He is a
certified "gear head" and enjoys adventure travel with his wife, Donna.
Chic’s uncle taught him how to downhill ski when he was five and XC ski when he was 9, and he’s been addicted to the outdoors ever since (his uncle also gave him his first camera on that XC ski trip). He started climbing in the 60s, and in 1984 he joined the Spokane Mountaineers to learn new climbing techniques (he is currently the club's Historian). Chic lives to ski, but also fills his time biking, kayaking, taking beautiful photos and hiking between ski seasons.
Crystal Atamian grew up in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Her first loves are hiking and lemon ice cream. She also enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, fishing, downhill skiing, disc golfing, birding, paddleboarding, and chasing butterflies. After spending summer 2016 in the Alps, she is convinced that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. Crystal lives with her husband and two children in Spokane, where she works as a copyeditor for several academic journals.
Dan Schaffer is a retired primary care physician who now dedicates much of his time to whitewater boating, skiing, hiking, biking and backpacking. He has had articles published in medical journals and other outdoor publications.
Hank is an avid photographer, runner, cyclist, and inconsistent Oxford comma dropper. Sometimes he runs to work but mostly he commutes by bike unless the roads are snow or ice covered. (A small compromise made for his wife who, surprisingly, has enjoyed having him around for 30+ years, which speaks more for her character than his.) You'll know him on his bike by the camera hanging off his back. Hank once quit caffeine cold turkey and, as a result, he remains, even to this day, a legend in his own mind.
Holly Weiler is an avid trail runner, backpacker, and hiker who enjoys adding a little skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, and mountain biking as cross training activities. She is the Eastern Region Coordinator for Washington Trails Association, coach of the University HS girls cross country team, and a professional student (current degree pursuit: MFA in Creative Writing at EWU). In her free time, find her volunteering with the Spokane Mountaineers or the Friends of Mount Spokane State Park.
After some adventures racing with the US Olympic Rowing Team, Jamie is thrilled to be back in the Inland Northwest. She enjoys sharing what she's learned with the up-and-coming generation of young rowers and nordic skiers. She is a physical therapy student at EWU. Read about her Team USA journey at www.jamieredman.wordpress.com.
Jason seeks adventure wherever he goes, mostly though climbing rocks, running, and exploring nearby mountain ranges. Jason owns Longleaf Wilderness Medicine, located in Sandpoint, ID and provides medical courses nationally for professional and recreational adventurers and people who work in remote locations.
John grew up in the wonder that is Montana, a place with all the proper ingredients for a charmed life outdoors. In past lives, he worked as a river guide, Forest Service trail crew member, and ski instructor. His favored writing projects include relationships people have with their pursuits afield. John treasures the Inland Northwest and the good company of family and friends. He lives in Spokane and teaches writing at Gonzaga University.
Best known as a Senior Writer for Out There Monthly magazine, Jon Jonckers serves on the Board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Shadle Park High School. With a busy wife and two active children, he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but he does enjoy shooting photos across the Northwest, and his pictures have been published in several national running and climbing magazines.
Freelance writer Katie Botkin is the managing editor of MultiLingual magazine, which ships to 87 countries. She frequently does international travel and adventure writing, and enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Lover of high places, the fast descent, deep snow and all the wild spaces in between. I am living in the Flathead Valley of Montana and exploring the mountains that frame it. My life is about skiing of every kind, biking of every kind, trail running/hiking, gardening and marketing for Swan Mountain Outfitters. Additionally, I am lucky to write the occasional article for OutThere Monthly. With an adventure around every corner, Northwest Montana is an easy addiction, thus content is abundant and I enjoy sharing it.
Kelly Chadwick grew up wandering the outdoors, which led to a lifelong passion for the natural sciences. He became immersed in mycology at 16, studying and teaching identification of fungi for 20 years, ran a wholesale wild mushroom business, and published "Decomposition, an anthology of mushroom poetry “ with his partner Renée. Email him your wild edible questions at email@example.com. Currently he is an Arborist and owner of Spirit Pruners in Spokane, WA.
Larry Banks, Aka PowderPanda, was a skier, who converted to a snowboarder in the 90's, then evolving to a splitboarder 7yrs ago. This turned into a new passion of backcountry riding that led to co-founding PanhandleBackcountry.com, an organization promoting backcountry skiing and splitboarding in North Idaho, Easter Washington & Northwestern Montana. With a focus of getting backcountry users educated for traveling safely in snow laden mountains and bringing like minded riders together.
Mikell is an avid backcountry skier, birder and mountain enthusiast. Since moving to Spokane, he has spent his summer’s working as a wildlife technician for the University of Montana and Washington State University chasing birds and monitoring phytoplankton. He has spent his winter’s chasing snow as well as working at a local ski shop and various pubs.
Pedal Wrench is an experienced bike mechanic at an undisclosed Inland Northwest area bike shop. He may or may not have tattoos, but he can indeed be bribed with IPA and Pepperoni. His new occasional column, “Greasy Handshake,” will explore the mysterious underworld of the bicycle repair shop.
Shallan is the visual editor and co-publisher of Out There Monthly. She’s also a freelance photographer and yoga instructor in her spare time. Growing up in Coeur d’Alene, she developed a love for swimming in big, clear lakes; paddling free-flowing rivers and hiking and photographing the Inland Northwest’s unique landscapes.
Simon was born in Haiti and grew up in Ecuador. He first started riding a bicycle at a young age but this didn’t turn into a lifelong passion of his until later on. His father, an avid cyclist as well, and Simon would tour together often; from Seattle to Portland a number of times and at the age of 13yrs old Seattle to Spokane. That was the only the beginning, in Ecuador Simon was always on one of his bikes. He would ride his BMX bike at the track or the “bowls”, i.e.… half-pipes built into the ground and finish the day with his father on their favorite ride around an active volcano. When Simon moved back Seattle he bought a car and drove down to Ashland Oregon to attend the United Bicycle Institute to become a mechanic. After entering a local shop in Kent Washington he was offered his first bike shop job. Now, 14 years of racing, riding and lots of education later his passion for bicycles has continued to grow. You’ll now find him “not training”…riding more for the next endurance event.
Style: All but mainly long mountain rides
Current Bicycle: SJ FSR 29r, Origin8 Carbon Rigid 29r.
Bike he’ll never sell: 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
Michal Bennett is a freelance writer, editor, poet and blogger, dedicated to creative story telling and inspiring others. She and her husband live in Coeur d'Alene, where she often succumbs to the allure of the outdoors and local living. She is also the Marketing Director and writer for a local natural foods store.
Summer Hess is a writing instructor at Eastern Washington University and manages special projects for the Community Building. She started climbing and open water swimming when she moved to Spokane and is ever thankful for the chance to explore the mountains, lakes, and rivers of the Northwest.
Taylor is a freelance writer and photographer, a search engine marketer, and an outdoor adventure enthusiast based in Moscow, Idaho. Trying to discover himself through experience, Taylor recently spent four months living in Los Angeles and realized that both acting and Southern California were not his calling. He has no idea what's next in store, but is trying to find a way through life that includes adventure. Kayaker of rivers, writer of prose, explorer of the known, conqueror of the useless.
Peter G. Williams is a passionate adventurer focused on mountaineering, telemark and cross country skiing, and sea and whitewater kayaking. A former Spokane resident, he lives happily in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Betsy and daughters Madeleine and Heidi Rose. He serves at Clark College in the role of Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.