Brandon has been hiking since he was old enough to tie his own boot laces. Growing up in Western Washington, his childhood was filled with family hikes and camping trips between the North Cascades and San Juan Islands.
In 2013 Brandon co-founded Beers at the Bottom to highlight hiking trails and craft breweries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today he writes about trails, ales, and travel from beautiful Bellingham, WA. His first book, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest, will be available in Spring 2018.
Based just outside of Vienna, Austria, Christian is a technical mathematics student with a passion for calisthenics, martial arts, and especially outdoors. When he can take a break from his studies, he heads out to the mountains – hiking, climbing, skiing – and long overnight trekking tours where he can totally be immersed in the nature.
Heading beyond the trails of Europe, Christian also enjoys traveling and exploring the hiking and training in new countries, such as China, Nepal and the Americas. Thus far he’s completed the John Muir Trail and the Annapurna Circuit.
David is a bilingual French/English outdoor blogger based in SW France. A few years ago, he became addicted to peak-bagging and recently decided to escape from the 9-5 routine to spend more time in the outdoors.
One of David’s favourite playgrounds is the beautiful Pyrenees, which he can admire from his home when the weather is clear. David also travels several times per year to tick off summits in the British Isles – especially Ireland. David is now aiming at exploring other European ranges and venturing on other continents.
Emma first travelled to the Canadian Rockies from Melbourne, Australia in 2008, to work as a ski instructor. After four years of back to back winters she spent a summer in the Bow Valley, and never left.
She now works as an Interpretive Guide in Banff National Park, and when tourists ask where she goes on vacation, she says, “right here”. She now is a Canadian Permanent Resident, and lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Francesco was born in Naples, Italy and has been an explorer since a young age. When he wasn’t going for long walks in the woods, Francesco could be found devouring Tolkien’s books on middle earth, or going on a wild adventure through the far corners of the world. He soon set out to explore his home region of Campania, in the south of Italy.
That was not enough however, and in 2013 he embarked on a solo bike travel from Naples to Trento, south to north Italy, describing it as one of the best experiences of his life. After falling in love with the Trentino Alto Adige region, Francesco did a complete backpacking trip around the Dolomites.
Francesco holds a Photography and Cinema degree in the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, and aside from being one of our contributors he works as a freelance photographer and video maker. In his spare time, you can find Francesco climbing, hiking, skydiving and always trying to live life to the fullest.
Karin is a doctor who in her free-time is an avid adventurer, enjoying hiking, mountain biking, trekking and travelling all over the world. Hiking has taken her on a regular basis to Canada and the USA as well as trips to Nepal, India, Europe and South America.
She has been fortunate to do many multi-day treks such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, the John Muir Train as well as trekking in the Mustang region of Nepal and to Annapurna base camp. Next up for Karin is a summer in the Rockies, travelling through Oregon and Colorado before venturing up to the Canadian Rockies. From there it’s a month-long cycling trip throughout Spain and then back to India for a couple of months to soak up the atmosphere and history.
A perfect day for Kate? The mountains, a challenging hike, clear blue skies (although this isn’t always a reality in her home country, the UK), spectacular views, good friends and quite simply the joy of being outside and active. The icing on the cake is a bonfire on a deserted beach on a calm starry evening.
Her favorite mountain is Loch Nagar, with the Loch Garten, Oldshoremore Bay and the Isle of Arran being her top choices. She’s cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, completed the 3Peaks challenge and hiked the West Highland Way. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, running, road biking, open water swimming – it’s impossible for Kate to pick her favorite, but luckily, she can give us the inside tips as a 10hikes contributor.
Kimberley is a nature-loving explorer who has travelled and hiked extensively. Whilst most days are spent at work, the evenings are dedicated to being outside or planning the next adventure. Independent from an early age, she first travelled to the USA age 18 to find a summer job, but instead found a husband and a passion to see more. She eventually returned to complete sections of the Appalachian Trail and the Rim to River trek in the Grand Canyon, both of which were incredible.
Having been a vegan for almost 20 years, her biggest hiking obstacle is finding vegan foods that travel well. The 5-day Choquequirao hike, to one of the most remote Inca ruins in the Peruvian Andes, was a challenge conquered on a diet of mostly peanuts, popcorn and pot noodles! Thankfully options have now vastly improved.
Her favorite long-distance hike so far has been the Annapurna circuit in Nepal. It was the perfect mix of high altitude and challenging terrain with beautiful tea houses and immersion into the friendly local culture. Life for Kim is about living life to the fullest, travelling, hiking and enjoying precious time with friends and family.
Lea was born in the French Alps and they’re still her favorite playground throughout the year.
Hiking, climbing, skiing or building an igloo, this is what she enjoys and what she shares with her friends and her family!
Last spring Léa crossed the French Alps on the famous GR5 trail, which gave her great insight on the best dayhikes in Vanoise National Park!
When Léa’s not on the peak somewhere, she is a very passionate Graphic Designer. She’s full of energy and is always waiting for more adventure!
Luca is a self-taught ornithologist. A nature lover, he has worked in nature parks for the past twenty-two years. Luca has been lucky in the experiences in his life, and they have taught him that there are two things that interest him most of all – the emotions that only nature can offer and sharing them with people who value them. So, he decided to put his skills as an ornithologist and nature guide to their best use.
In 1993 Luca joined the staff at the Nature Reserve of the Forest and the Lakes of Palanfré. The first eleven years as a ranger gave him the chance to expand on certain aspects of meteorology, geology, ecology and, of course, botany, and zoology. He has been working as technical officer since 2004, on numerous conservation and research projects on insects, spiders, amphibians, reptiles and birds at Alpi Marittime Nature Park.
After 30 years of field work and experience, he is still convinced that to understand the mechanisms and secrets of the world that hosts us, you have to keep looking. He’s been roaming the Ligurian, Maritime and Cotian Alps for over 35 years in all seasons, on foot, mtb, skis and snow-shoes. He has undertaken countless excursions and hikes at high altitude, with a tent or staying in refuges, both in summer and winter.
In 2015, he finished training and qualified as an Accompagnateur Moyenne Montagne, in France. A qualification which is recognized in most European countries. Luca also attained the Agrément Merveilles issued by Parc National du Mercantour, allowing him to guide in areas normally closed to the public. Luca is a qualified guide, able to offer his services in several languages. These activities give him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm and to continue to explore the many aspects of nature.
Matthew enjoys everything outdoors. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, each weekend was spent exploring the forests, waterways, and shorelines of the province – fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, rock hounding, or beachcombing. After a stopover in Ottawa where he obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry, he continued his westward migration, settling in Edmonton for a couple of years.
Within days of arriving he made his way to the Rockies to reacquaint himself with the outdoors, hiking the popular Bald Hills and Cavell Meadows trails in Jasper, and became hooked on hiking in the Rockies. The four-hour drive to the mountains from Edmonton was a bit too long, however, and so he eventually found work in Calgary that would not only keep him close to the Rockies but also afford him the freedom to get outdoors on a frequent basis. Since that move in 2008 he has hiked, backpacked, or snowshoed over 300 trails in the Rockies and summited nearly 200 mountains.
Peter comes from Slovenia, a small beautiful country on the sunny side of the Alps. He was literally born in the mountains. Based in a small town of Tržič, he has all that he loves to do at the touch of his hands. He is a passionate outdoor enthusiast, who loves to ride an endure-bike just as much as his road machine. But most of all, he spends his time exploring remote mountain ridges or breathing fresh air in one of Slovenia’s unspoiled forests.
His open mind and curiosity are always pushing him ahead, often crossing the national borders and reaching even further and higher. One of his biggest loves are the Italian Dolomites.
Usually he carries his camera with him, so he can share some of the magical moments and views with the world. Don´t hesitate to say hi to him on one of the social media channels. If you are interested in visiting his home country, he will be pleased to take you on an unforgettable trip.
Richard founded 10Adventures with a spark of inspiration and single wish. He asked himself, “Why – in this tech-first world – do hikers still need bulky guide books? Where is the app that works easily offline and looks good while doing it?” Without an answer, he made one: 10Adventures.com.
10Adventures is a website for outdoor adventurers, offering free, guidebook-quality route guides. These route guides share the 10 best hikes, bikes and skis in the most beautiful places on earth.
Richard gained his love of the outdoors by spending summers hiking all over the world, including the Alps, Rockies, Himalayas, Andes and Pyrenees. This passion is the seed of his wish – to make it easier for people experience the most beautiful places on earth.
Prior to 10Adventures, Richard was the Chief Operating Officer of a successful consulting company that grew from 18 to over 450 staff and was named one of the 50 Best places to work in Canada for six straight years. Richard has also plied his skills at tech start-ups and NGO’s in Canada, UK and Argentina. He is an Alumni of Harvard Business School and London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
While using 10Adventures.com to plan your next outdoor trip, you might see Richard skiing in the backcountry, or road cycling; although, day to day Richard can be found adventuring with his wife and three boys in their backyard or the Rocky Mountains.
Calling Golden, CO home, Whitney’s working hours are split between a variety of jobs: owning a guiding business with her boyfriend, Golden Mountain Guides, marketing/race directing for a running company, coaching high school cross country and track & field, and freelance writing.
Whitney’s non-working hours are split literarily between the outdoors and traveling, which is where her blog, Racing & Wandering, was born. In her free time, she can usually be found hiking, running, climbing, snowboarding or reading a good book.
Zac is a Mechanical Engineer that works full time in Boulder Colorado. He moved his family from the concrete metropolis of Dallas, Texas to the small mountain town of Nederland Colorado. He and his wife bought their dream home, an A-frame cabin in the heart of the Rocky Mountains minutes away from Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park.
When Zac is not at work you can find him doing one of the many outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, snowboarding and hiking with his family and friends. Zac is known as the ‘Last General’ amongst close friends for his passionate pursuit for the outdoors. When it comes to planning an epic adventure, Zac will take control of the situation and navigate the group through all “3 types of fun”!
He is also passionate about photography as a way to encourage people out to experience the outdoors. He knows sometimes all it takes is one picture of someplace beautiful, to inspire your next trip or adventure.