I grew up in Montreal where I studied creative writing at Concordia University while I pursued adventures in fashion and dance music all over the city’s hopping nightclub scene. I first visited Banff, Alberta, in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, in the early 1980s, and fell completely in love with the mountains and mountain life. I’ve lived in the Canadian Rockies ever since.
I began writing about mountain life in the mid-1990s, and since then I’ve written 12 books celebrating the unique culture, adventurous lifestyle and intriguing personalities of western Canada’s distinct mountain community.
I contribute articles about adventure and mountain history, culture, science and people to magazines and newspapers including Explore, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Rockies Annual, Crowfoot Media, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Experience Mountain Parks and Travel Alberta; and the Rocky Mountain Outlook, Whistler Pique Newsmagazine and Jasper Local. For 13 years I edited the Alpine Club of Canada Gazette.
I gave my first public presentation as guest speaker for the launch of my book Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure at the 2008 Banff Mountain Book Festival. Since then I’ve shared presentations for audiences of dozens to hundreds in theatres and halls across western Canada. I truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with audiences by sharing what I’ve learned about the places, people and their exploits that make Canada’s mountain community so utterly fascinating.
When I’m not working at my keyboard, I’m outside ski touring, climbing, backpacking and capturing photos of places and people in our precious mountain wilderness — and never with earbuds blocking nature’s music! And I’m always working on the next great story…