Sarah Hauge

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.

Aaron Theisen

Aaron Theisen is a Spokane-based outdoors writer and photographer. In addition to his work for Out There Monthly, 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. He is co-author of the book Day Hiking Mount St. Helens, to be published by Mountaineers Books spring 2015. Aaron is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Trails Association.

Siobhan Ebel

As a kid Siobhan shunned the outdoors with its bugs and its dirt, but she has since grown up to love the outdoors (except the mosquitos - she never learned to love those) and has spent the past few years vigorously making up for everything she missed out on as a kid. Siobhan enjoys rock climbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and camping and relishes the opportunity to share her adventures with others.

Ammi Midstokke

Ammi Midstokke lives in Sandpoint, Idaho where she raises her daughter on a deeply ingrained fear of gluten and an arguably dangerous appetite for adventure. Together, they wander the planet with their mountain bikes, trekking kit, and an uncanny ability to get lost. 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 at

Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Amy is special section editor and "Out There Kids" columnist and has been writing for Out There since 2006. She enjoys camping, alpine skiing, biking, hiking, swimming, and kayaking with her husband and their two children. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Connect with Amy at

Anna Twohig

Anna Twohig is an enthusiastic skier and mountain biker and likes to explore our rivers and lakes on her SUP, often while wearing a tutu. Her happy place is in the mountains, and she thinks that the Northwest is the best location on earth. Anna is the Spokane Ambassador for SheJumps, a national nonprofit that encourages women to take on outdoor pursuits.

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield’s balanced approach to fitness, nutrition and health comes from his extensive experience in the fitness and wellness industry as one of the country’s leading personal trainers and wellness consultants. In 2008, Ben was nominated by the NSCA as America’s top personal trainer, and in 2013, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.

Brad Northrup

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.

Bradley Bleck

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 Naccarato

Brad Naccarato is a Spokane-based freelance writer and a senior contributor to OTM since 2012. Chasing snow, waves, trout, sun, dogs, and microbrews keeps him sane.

Brad Thiessen

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.

Crystal Atamian

Crystal Atamian grew up in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Her first loves are hiking and lemon ice cream. She also enjoys 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. Crystal lives with her husband and two children in Spokane, where she works as a copyeditor for several academic journals.

Derrick Knowles

Derrick is the editor and co-publisher of Out There Monthly. He has spent more than 30 years exploring the Inland Northwest’s trails, mountains, lakes and rivers.

Erika Prins Simonds

Erika bicycles as her primary mode of transportation. She stays healthy by running and playing pick-up team sports. You can find more of her writing at

Hank Greer

Hank is an avid photographer, runner, cyclist, and inconsistent Oxford comma dropper. Sometimes he runs to work but mostly he commutes by bike unless the roads are snow or ice covered. (A small compromise made for his wife who, surprisingly, has enjoyed having him around for 30+ years, which speaks more for her character than his.) You'll know him on his bike by the camera hanging off his back. Hank once quit caffeine cold turkey and, as a result, he remains, even to this day, a legend in his own mind.

Holly Weiler

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, coach of the University HS girls cross country team, and a professional student (current degree pursuit: MFA in Creative Writing at EWU). In her free time, find her volunteering with the Spokane Mountaineers or the Friends of Mount Spokane State Park.

Jamie Redman

After some adventures racing with the US Olympic Rowing Team, Jamie is thrilled to be back in the Inland Northwest. She enjoys sharing what she's learned with the up-and-coming generation of young rowers and nordic skiers. She is a physical therapy student at EWU. Read about her Team USA journey at

Janelle McCabe

Janelle McCabe likes the Inland Northwest even more than she dislikes IPAs, so she drinks porters in the corner while writing love letters about riding, running, playing in the snow, playing on the lake, and playing with the people and animals who make it all worth doing.

Jason Luthy

Jason seeks adventure wherever he goes, mostly though climbing rocks, running, and exploring nearby mountain ranges. Jason owns Longleaf Wilderness Medicine, located in Sandpoint, ID and provides medical courses nationally for professional and recreational adventurers and people who work in remote locations.

Jon Jonckers

Best known as a Senior Writer for Out There Monthly magazine, Jon Jonckers serves on the Board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Shadle Park High School. With a busy wife and two active children, he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but he does enjoy shooting photos across the Northwest, and his pictures have been published in several national running and climbing magazines.

Katie Botkin

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

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. Email him your wild edible questions at Currently he is an Arborist and owner of Spirit Pruners in Spokane, WA.

Larry Banks

Larry Banks, Aka PowderPanda, was a skier, who converted to a snowboarder in the 90's, then evolving to a splitboarder 7yrs ago. This turned into a new passion of backcountry riding that led to co-founding, an organization promoting backcountry skiing and splitboarding in North Idaho, Easter Washington & Northwestern Montana. With a focus of getting backcountry users educated for traveling safely in snow laden mountains and bringing like minded riders together.

Lisa Laughlin

Lisa Laughlin is a long-distance runner. She enjoys trail running, backpacking, and paddleboarding. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The MFA at EWU.

Skye Schillhammer

I am a freelance photographer and bike shop employee at the Bike Hub in downtown Spokane. My eye for photos came from the many years I have spent exploring the northwest by foot and by tire.

S. Michal Bennett

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.

Summer Hess

Summer Hess is the Managing Editor for Out There Monthly. You can find more of her work at