Selected work

longform

I Spent Seven Straight Hours on a Chairlift. Here’s What I Learned About Why We Still Ski, Outside

I sat on a lift from open to close and interviewed everyone I met. My question: if skiing is so expensive and resorts so overcrowded, why are we all still doing this sport?

Does Cycling Have a Drinking Problem?, Bicycling

A deep dive into the surprising history of how the alcohol industry wove itself into the culture of sports like cycling and running, and the equally surprising health impacts of even moderate drinking. (A good read for anyone, not just cyclists!)

How to Throw Bombs, Save Lives, and Raise a Family in Paradise on $22 an Hour, Outside

A ski patrol union in Park City made headlines for its standoff against parent company Vail Resorts over wages. The two parties eventually settled on a contract, but the conversation they sparked about ski-industry wages is just getting started.

How to Save a Ski Town, Outside

A feature about the housing crisis affecting mountain towns in the West. “Gold” winner in the News/Investigative Reporting category of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards.

Why Are So Many of Us So Terrible With Money?, Outside

Hint: It’s how we think about the future. A Best American Essays notable.

Artificial Intelligence Made This Magazine Cover, Cosmopolitan

When AI can write poetry and make art, what does it say about creativity—and our future?

Walking Is Making a Major Comeback, Outside

In the midst of lockdown, a reflection on an age-old pastime.

The Gift, BICYCLING

Her fiancé’s bike crash was a tragedy. What she did after was a miracle. A Best American Sports Writing notable.

Paul Basagoitia Rides Again, BICYCLING

How one of the world’s best mountain bikers came back from a life-altering crash and injury. A Best American Sports Writing notable.

Shayna Texter Is Second to None, Red Bulletin

The story of a motorcycle racer who happened to be a woman, and happened to be beating the guys. Winner of a FOLIO award for profile writing.

Reggie Miller Is Gonna Keep Moving, BICYCLING

Why an NBA Hall of Famer’s second act was to become a newbie mountain bike racer.

How to Quit School, Follow Your Dreams, and Start the Coolest Run Club in the World, Runner’s World

They hated running. Then they started Koreatown Run Club.

essays, analysis, etc.

Men Love My Boyfriend, Outside

Living in a remote mountain town made him irresistible to curious dudes—and got me wondering why we assign so much importance to where people are from.

The Glory of Feeling Fine, The Atlantic

Why do we only appreciate our health after we’ve been sick?

In Praise of Pointless Goals, The Atlantic

A case for devoting an inordinate amount of time and effort to into something that doesn’t matter.

It’s Easy to Find Balance. Just Find the Meaning of Life, Outside

An exploration of work-life balance.

A Wholesome Mission to Get Naked Outdoors, Outside

My attempt to overcome a lifetime of prudishness.

Workcations Aren’t Escape. They’re Practice, The Atlantic

How the extended working vacation could help you recalibrate work-life balance.

In Praise of Garages, Outside

They don’t need to be huge; just big enough to store all your gear and all your dreams.

Soft Revolution, Red Bulletin

Profile of Dominican-American artist Uzumaki Cepeda. Winner of a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism award.