The Team

Trails Magazine is filled every quarter with the words and photos of a small collection of writers, photographers, designers, and illustrators—they're the heart of this magazine. Our even smaller editorial team works hard to corral those contributors, gather and refine their very best work, and then piece it together to craft the magazine that makes it to your coffee table. 



Ryan is Trails Mag's editor-in-chief, web designer, video producer, ad salesperson, shipping clerk, social media manager, and basically anything else that the day calls for. Ryan grew up in New York's Adirondack Mountains and became Backpacker Magazine's go-to Northeast expert while still in college. Eventually, as they almost always do, he moved out to Colorado where he became a full-time freelance journalist. Two weeks traveling the Northville-Placid Trail in his home of the Adirondacks are among his favorite days spent backpacking.




Stasia, Trails Mag's managing editor, is a mountain dweller and writer currently calling Colorado's Tenmile Range (native Ute land) home. She's been an outdoors journalist for nearly a decade with bylines in 5280, Backpacker, and Treeline Review, among others. Her favorite backpacking campsite is right in her backyard, somewhere deep in the Gore (Nuchu) Range.




Emily (she/they) is Trail's Mag's photo editor. She is a photographer and writer based in Alaska on Dena’ina lands. Before settling in Anchorage, she spent a decade working as a hiking and backpacking guide in and around Denali National Park, traveling, shooting photos, and learning to ski. Her photos and writing appear in The Ski Journal, Adventure Journal, Wilder Magazine, Trailbreak Magazine, Hi Hey Hello Magazine, and more. Emily's favorite backpacking trip was a solo trip in 2018: She spent a week hiking and packrafting near the Arrigetch peaks in Gates of the Arctic National Park.




Mike is Trails' art director and designer. From spearheading an international creative team to crafting award winning designs, he has been a creative director and designer for over 20 years with experience in all aspects of branding and design. With a background in advertising agencies and in-house marketing teams, he's had the opportunity to work on projects across the outdoor, sport, and hospitality industries. Mike is a detailed-oriented, well-organized team player who can juggle multiple tasks at once and am always looking for ways to improve processes, design, and relationships.



Tori Duhaime (she/they) is Trails Mag’s Marketing Director. Tori lives on Powhatan Confederacy territory in Richmond, Virginia and was raised on Ute land in Southwest Colorado. As a creative marketing professional, Tori brings her experience as a photographer, former professional dancer/choreographer, and lifelong movement enthusiast on skis, bikes, and other human powered crafts to uplift the momentum of the outdoor experience. Her family’s annual 3-4 day canoeing voyage down the Green River in Southern Utah remains the pinnacle of dirt sleeping stardom in their life’s adventures. 


Contributors: Issue 5

This magazine is what it is thanks to the incredible contributions of our writers, photographers, illustrators, and more. Find out who helped create our latest issue, then pick up a copy and see their work yourself.

  • Morgan Tilton

  • Richard Forbed

  • Kelly Ramsey

  • Corey Buhay

  • Pavel Boiko

  • Sarah Linville

  • Claire Barber

  • Aubrey Fite

  • Heather Balogh Rochfort

Keegan Adriance — Miles Arbour — Amelia Arvesen — Jack Baker — Heather Balogh Rochfort — Claire Barber — Persie Baroody — Morgan Bernard — Bethany Blitz — Pavel Boiko, Corey Buhay — Kassondra Cloos — Keaton Day — Steve Fassbinder — Aubrey Fite — Richard Forbes, Tyson Gillard — Miranda Harris — Miles Howard — Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan — Emerald LaFortune — Sarah Linville — Sam Norton — Kira Oliver — Micheli Oliver — Jamie Pilgrim — Kelly Ramsey — Nina Riggio — Lily Ritter — Brett Rothmeyer — Emily Schrick — Chris Shane — Jessy Stevenson — Morgan Tilton — Sarah Trent — Miranda Webster — Niko Wiratma