JaredOutsideJared Hargrave

Jared is the owner and editor of Utah Outside. His writing has been published in The Mountain Gazette, Backcountry Magazine, Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal, and He’s also a contributing editor for the Utah Adventure Journal, and producer of the TV show, KSL Outdoors. Hargrave is also the author of the guide book, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah, published by Mountaineers Books. Find him on Google+ or email him at Read Jared’s articles.

Callista SnowCallista Pearson

Callista moved to Utah in 2004 after spending several years in the “wilds” of Montana. Living and playing in the mountains is in her blood.  So far she has tried skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and ran several half-marathons. No small feat since she’s constantly running into things in her own home (and has the bruises to prove it.) As a result, every trip outside is an opportunity for misadventure. But if you see her out on the trail, watch out because she’s not very good at avoiding obstacles. Email her at Read Callista’s articles.

malavoltabioRyan Malavolta

After living and working in Philadelphia for the better part of a decade, Ryan gave up the East Coast city life and moved to Utah in 2005.  Big mountains and a powerful love for snow is what brought him here, and on the way has rekindled his passion for all things outdoors. You can read his blog at  Aspiring desert rat, snowboarder, backpacker and novice peak bagger could all be used to describe him.  He regards Salt Lake City as the best base camp in the country, and until he finds a better one, this is home. Read Ryan’s articles.

Sean Zimmerman-Wall

Sean originally hails from the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, where he started skiing at a young age. He came to Utah to attend the University of Utah and soon fell in love with the Wasatch Mountains. After making Utah home, he dedicated his life to skiing and mountain biking, working for the Snowbird Ski Patrol, Snowbird Backcountry Guides, and Patagonia Ski Tours. Sean is also an AIARE avalanche education instructor, photographer, and freelance outdoor writer published in Powder Magazine, Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal, Utah Adventure Journal and more.

Matt Walker

Born and bred in Utah, Matt seeks out any challenge the state’s diverse landscape throws at him. Dirt, slick rock, mud, or snow… Matt will hurl himself over it. He is a runner, mountain biker and home brewer. Beer heals all wounds and Matt has the battle scars to prove it. He basks under the fluorescent lights of the office during the week then turns into a weekend warrior. He’s a member of the notorious Runagades, a highly driven Salt Lake City running group. Matt enjoys marathons, half marathons and above all, ultra relays. Read Matt’s articles.

Dave ZookDave Zook

Dave first tasted outdoor happiness while surfing the chilly waters of his Inverness, CA, hometown. From there, he grew to love boarding, running, and more. He gained interest in writing at the University of Oregon and has been a sporadic freelancer since, trying to combine sport and writing wherever possible. You can read his blog about outdoor adventuring at Entering Utah in 2008, he lost his mind at being able to ride every day, shred the backcountry, and share it with others. Read Dave’s articles.

Bryson White

Bryson is our resident river rat. He was a commercial rafting guide for 8 years on the Snake River in Jackson, Wyoming, and the Salmon River in Idaho. He also taught the whitewater kayaking course at Utah State University for a few years and is the organizer of the Black Canyon Whitewater Festival in Grace, Idaho. Bryson was born on the Wasatch Front and after a stint out east is excited to be back in Beehive State. In addition to kayaking and rafting he loves to climb, ski, and pretend to be a farmer on his family fruit and dairy farm in Willard. You can find him on Twitter here ( Read Bryson’s articles.

Casey CranorCasey Cranor

Having moved to Salt Lake City in 2009 to start his career as an Emergency Room nurse, Casey straightaway got lost in the Wasatch mountains and continues to rebuff any attempt at a so-called rescue. Living full time under the influence of adrenaline, Casey can be found running trails and road, skiing, backpacking, urban farming, and attempting to write when he can keep his hands and feet out of the dirt. You can read more about his outdoor antics at Read Casey’s articles.

Todd DinsmoreTodd Dinsmore

Todd grew up in Western Pennsylvania riding the icy slopes of the Allegheny mountains. His love of snowboarding is what prompted him to move to Utah in 2010. With his first powder slash at Brighton, he knew had made the right choice. Since then, Todd has discovered the majestic beauty of Southern Utah, and the wonders of riding his bike in the Wasatch. He married the love of his life, Stephanie, in 2014, and is now proud to call Utah his home. Read Todd’s articles.

MelissaMcGibbonMelissa McGibbon

Melissa McGibbon is an adventure travel writer and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. She is an Associate Editor for Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine and likes skiing, biking, climbing, yoga, diving, flying, surfing, and swinging from trees. Follow Melissa on Twitter @ambitbrands or on Google+.
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Patroller Z

Patroller Z’s love for the mountains has taken him around the world in search of good snow and great people. Settling in the hills of Utah, he has found his home. The myriad challenges of the outdoors keeps him interested and sharing those experiences with others has proven to be extremely rewarding. Joining forces with those who share similar passions has given him the opportunity to explore exciting places and gain an appreciation for the finer points of adventurous living. Read Patroller Z’s articles.

Colleen Tvorik

After growing up in Michigan camping, backpacking, cross country & alpine skiing, Colleen turned down a career in collegiate sports information and media relations to go live out a dream in the Rocky Mountains. After a stint as a Ski Bum & Snow Reporter at Montana’s Big Sky Resort, Colleen moved down to Park City and spent the last eight years working at Canyons Resort in the Conference Sales Department. She is a passionate advocate for Telemark skiing, but also has fallen in love with other outdoor pursuits and competing in triathlons. In fact, Colleen got engaged in Transition 1 of a Triathlon – between the swim and bike! She recently left Canyons Resort to pursue a career as a freelance writer. Read Colleen’s articles.

Dain Craig

Dain has been in broadcasting for over 25 years. He works in both TV and radio, doing morning shows and programming stations in Utah and Texas. Most recently, he’s been on the PCTV “Mountain Morning Show” as a co-host. Dain has also been a ski instructor for 15+ years at Brighton Resort. Other passions include; flying (commercial pilot), biking, hiking, SCUBA diving, cooking, travel, playing in local bands…  and any adventures that take him outdoors. He’s married with 3 kids, and lives in Murray. Read his other writing at “Life on the Beach… No Vacation,” and “Skiing is Life.” Read Dain’s Articles.

ColinthumbColin True

A living example of “jack of all trades, master of none” Colin loves adventure racing trail running, mountain biking and anything on snow. He became infatuated with the outdoors while living first in the Granite State of New Hampshire then in the Front Range of Colorado before making his way back east to Boston. A fan of going fast on dirt his mountain bike is forcing him to leave his beloved Red Sox behind for the outdoor playground of Utah. He will be writing about running the many trails of Utah as an east coast transplant. Email him at Read Colin’s articles.

kelleneKellene Stockwell

After 30+ years, Kellene Stockwell is only now discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. She may live 600 miles away in Reno, but her heart belongs in the Utah snow. Kellene writes an advice column for Petfolio Magazine and is creating her Hollywood breakthrough screenplay. You can read her blog at She also works as a television news producer at KTVN in Reno and recently won a regional Emmy for producing an evening newscast. Read Kellene’s articles.

tristan-thumbnailTristan Higbee

Though climbing since the nineties, the sport started taking over Tristan’s life when he moved to Utah in 2004. He is an avid new route developer in the southern Wasatch and other areas around the state. He is also the guy behind Daily Climbing Tips ( and ( You can find his personal climbing blog here ( and you can email him at Read Tristan’s articles.



2 comments for “Contributors

  1. Ken F
    November 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    is not Murphy Hogback but the south end of what is often referred to as “Hardscrabble Hill” looking down on Potato Bottom

  2. November 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Yep. Totally right. Of course it’s Hardscrabble because the river is right there. Too many pictures of people hike-a-biking to keep track of! Thanks for the correction.

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