About me

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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 11 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, High­line, Crow­foot Media, Koote­nay Moun­tain Cul­ture, Expe­ri­ence Moun­tain Parks and Travel Alberta; and the Rocky Moun­tain Out­look, Whistler Pique News­magazine and Cal­gary Her­ald. I also edit 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, gar­den­ing or relax­ing some­where out­side with a good book. And I’m always look­ing for the next great story…