Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson

Title: Managing Editor

Location: Truckee, CA

Expertise & Background

  • Topics of Expertise: Climbing, trail running, backpacking, hiking, camping, downhill skiing
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University
  • Years of Writing: 8+
  • Years of Gear Testing: 5+
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, CPR, AIARE Level 1
  • Club or Association Memberships: Access Fund, American Alpine Club
  • Previous Publications: Backpacker Magazine

Why I Chose This Career

As a writer and editor for Switchback Travel, I’ve been able to merge my journalism background with my love for the outdoors—a perfect convergence of my expertise and personal passions.

How I Began My Career

My first professional writing experience was with Backpacker Magazine in 2016, where I interned during a semester in college. During my time there, I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and committed to pursuing a career in the outdoor industry.

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