Aaron Theisen is a Spokane-based outdoors writer and photographer. In addition to his work for Out There Outdoors, 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.
Amy Silbernagel McCaffree is "Out There Kids" columnist and digital editor. She grew up near Seattle and the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and has lived in Spokane since 2003. She enjoys camping, biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, and alpine skiing with her husband and their two children. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, and has been writing for Out There since the January 2006 issue.
Adam Gebauer has a compulsion for outdoor activities and is an avid chaser of snow, rock, water and vistas. He does not mind waking up in the back of a car for an alpine start or just for his wildlife biology fieldwork.
Allison Armfield enjoys traveling and is always down for new adventures. Allison is an avid runner but also enjoys backpacking, climbing, yoga, snowshoeing and paddle boarding and believes that adventure pairs nicely with craft beer. She has a Masters in Communication and Leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
Ammi Midstokke lives in Sandpoint, Idaho. 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.
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.
Carol believes the hardest part of outdoor adventures is simply getting out the door. She enjoys Spokane outdoor adventures in all four seasons with her son and adventure buddy, Gavin. Mountain biking, scuba diving and hiking top her list of outdoor favorites, with recent adds of fat biking and bikepacking
Crystal Atamian grew up in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. She enjoys hiking, 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.
Emily is a Sandpoint, Idaho-based freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast. She spends her offline, non-writing time running trails, snowboarding, camping, hiking, and binge-reading adventure novels. To learn more about Emily, visit her website.
Harley McAllister works as a project manager, but is most alive when he is outdoors, especially with his eight kids. He and his wife Abby write guide books to the National Parks directed at families with children. You can learn more at:
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.
A quick search on the Out There Outdoors website brings up over 100 articles written by Jon Jonckers. He's been a constant contributor since 2006, and he still enjoys sharing his love for the region with anyone willing to listen. From bold action photos to authentic gear reviews to thoughtful interviews, Jon gets out there a lot!
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.
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. Currently he is an Arborist and owner of Spirit Pruners in Spokane, WA. Email him your wild edible questions:
Lisa Laughlin is a long-distance runner who grew up on a dryland wheat farm in central Washington. She enjoys trail running, backpacking, and paddleboarding. She has a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and lives and works in Spokane, WA.
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.
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.