As an associate editor at Backpacker magazine, Rachel spends her days dreaming up fantastic places to go hiking. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, and her publication and broadcast credits include Wired, High Country News, Chemical & Engineering News, Issues in Science and Technology, Pacifica Radio, and Making Contact. She's a blogger at, and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Danny and her cat Zuki.