ABOUT CHRIS

When I graduated from college in 2007, I never could have guessed (or dreamed) where life might take me. Since then, my passions for writing, climbing, and travel have steered me down more winding and narrow paths than I can recall: hitchhiking and trainhopping around the American West; along perilous mountain roads in India and Morocco; through the chaotic city streets of Shenzhen and Bangkok; and amid the untamed wilderness of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia.   

As my craft continues to develop and evolve, I repeatedly discover that there is always room to grow. I try my best to bring that knowledge into all aspects of life. Whether it is a piece of copy for a client's website, an article for a magazine, or an unclimbed wall of gleaming granite—my credo is the same. Hard work, patience, and dedication; that will see you through.


2007 - 2013

  • Graduated: St. Mary's College of Maryland, Cum Laude
  • Print: Climbing, Alpinist
  • Trail Crew: Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Climbing Ranger: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Travel: China, Thailand, Morocco, Chile, Argentina

2014-2016

  • Print: Alpinist, Ascent, American Alpine Journal, Climb, Climbing, Up.St.Art
  • Digital: Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, Switchback Travel
  • Podcast: Dirtbag Diaries
  • Slideshow: tours in Pacific Northwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions
  • Rakkup Guidebook: Index Town Walls
  • BlogFringe's Folly
  • Intern: Alpinist Magazine
  • Backcountry Ranger: Sequoia National Park
  • Consulting: Behavior Gap, Uphill Athlete
  • Editing: American Alpine Journal
  • Workshop: Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop at The Banff Centre, in Alberta, Canada

2017


“When people did not respond to my job description with misgivings, they tended to idealize it. I suppose I did, as well. Of course, the law of averages always wins. Was it the most beautiful place I’ve ever spent a summer? Probably. Did I catch more incredible sunsets in a single season than many city-dwellers catch in a lifetime? Likely. But did I also get lonely, doubt my course in life, go a little stir-crazy, keep a mouse in my pocket for a short time, name a family of marmots that lived nearby, and write some of the wildest, weirdest, most experimental . . .  stuff . . . I’ve ever written, as my brain reeled from seclusion, isolation, and sensory deprivation? Definitely, yes.”
- Into the Wild
Up.St.Art Magazine, Summer 2016.