Read an excerpt from Before They're Gone and find links to media coverage of it.
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See stories and images from the trips taken for his book and other outdoor adventures at The Big Outside.
He has written about topics as diverse as record floods at Mt. Rainier, the controversy over snowmobiles in Yellowstone, and the impacts of climate change on Glacier National Park and other wild lands; his articles about global warming helped Backpacker earn a National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2008. He has published stories in several magazines about adventure travels on four continents. See this site's Photos page for samples of his images.
He's also the author of Seven Summits—The High Peaks of the Pacific Northwest; Winter Hiking and Camping; and Day Hiker’s Handbook. His past experience includes syndicating a weekly outdoor column in 20 daily newspapers across New England, editing an outdoor magazine, co-hosting a call-in show about the outdoors on New Hampshire Public Radio, and working as a reporter and editor at Massachusetts and New Hampshire newspapers. Michael has a B.S. in photojournalism from Syracuse University.
An avid backpacker, climber, backcountry skier, and cyclist, he has hiked and climbed extensively in the U.S. West and Northeast, and in the Alps, Canadian Rockies, Himalaya, Iceland, Patagonia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and the Scottish Highlands.
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“Mike is a walking encyclopedia of outdoor expertise. If you can imagine it, he’s probably been there, done that, and brought home an engaging story. He’s one of our most versatile and skillful authors, which is why we call on him to cover issues and personalities beyond the scope of his duties as our Northwest editor.”