About the Author

About the Author

Dan Nelson’s personal and professional life focuses on the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. He met his partner, Donna Meshke, in a Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) course in 1991 and they’ve been living and playing together ever since. Donna appears in all of his books – both in the photos and as photographer of some of the pictures. Until recently, they lived with their yellow lab, Parka (named for her original waterproof-breathable coat). Parka helped research Dan's best selling book, Best Hikes with Dogs in Western Washington, and is remembered here. After a short stint as a newspaper reporter, Dan joined the staff of the Washington Trails Association where he worked and played for 11 years as the editor of Washington Trails magazine. While at WTA, he was “required” to spend considerable time each year out hiking and enjoying the backcountry trails of Washington. Currently, Dan serves as the Public Information Officer for Olympic Region Clean Air Agency—an agency charged with ensuring the air remains clean, clear and healthy on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. In addition to loving to walk the wild country, Dan is an avid fly fisher, canoeist, snowshoer, telemark skier and paraglider pilot. If he's not out enjoying the backcountry, he's indoors writing about it. In addition to his past work at WTA, Dan continues as a regular contributor to The Seattle Times, BACKPACKER magazine and Mens Journal magazine. He specializing in northwest destinations and outdoor equipment reviews. He is also author or editor of several outdoor guidebooks, published by The Mountaineers Books: Snowshoe Routes: Washington; Best of the Pacific Crest Trail; Washington, Best Loop Hikes: Washington; Accessible Trails in Washington and co-author of Pacific Northwest Hiking: The Complete Guide with Ron Judd (published by Foghorn Press. He also wrote one book of wildlife essays -- Predators at Risk in the Pacific Northwest. Dan was born in the mid-West (Ripon, Wisconsin) but his family moved to Dayton, near the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington, when he was just 3. His family soon began to spend summers camping in the Blues, and Dan grew up hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing throughout those mountains and the nearby Snake River plateau. He moved to Puyallup in 1989 after graduating from WSU, and has been living there ever since. You may contact him by emailing gearguy (at) adventuresnw (dot) net
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