Author Bio

Shelby Carpenter and Caitlin Brown

Shelby Carpenter is a freelance writer and former mountain guide based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in Outside, Rock and Ice, Backpacker magazine, Pacific Standard, Popular Science, WIRED, Alaska magazine and more. She’s also the author of “Denali National Park and Preserve” (Images of America Series), a photographic history of the park. REI Member since 2010. 

Also based in Berkeley, Caitlin Brown is an environmental attorney and a former instructor for Outward Bound California. Her passions include water rights, land use issues and trail running. REI Member since 2013. 

When they’re not writing for REI, you can find Caitlin and Shelby out backpacking in the Sierra, backcountry skiing in Tahoe or playing with their dog in the Berkeley hills. 

Stories by Shelby Carpenter and Caitlin Brown...