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  • Outdoor Adventure Allison Miles

    Allison Miles feels at home with dirt between her toes, snowflakes in her eyes and sweat dripping off her chin. She tests her limits while exploring Oregon's wild and beautiful secrets, taking on crumbly volcanic peaks, remote trails and less-traveled ski lines.

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  • Southern Oregon Amy Whitley

    Amy Whitley is an outdoors and family travel writer making her home in Southern Oregon. An avid backpacker, skier, and hiker, Amy has written features celebrating Oregon travel experiences from yurt camping to hut-to-hut skiing for local and national publications. Passionate about families getting outdoors together, Amy authors the NWKids column in OutdoorsNW Magazine, and spends her free time trying to keep up with her three school-aged sons in the backcountry. A lover of travel across the US and internationally, Amy is an editor at Trekaroo, and founder of Pit Stops for Kids.

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  • Snow Sports Asit Rathod

    Asit Rathod was born in Portland, Oregon and started skiing x-country at the age of five on Oregon's very own Mount Hood. Asit lived and skied between Chamonix, France for five seasons and Las Lenas, Argentina for four summers. He has more than 140 ski descents from the 11,239ft summit of Mount Hood, is an Ambassador for Mount Hood Meadows and contributor to 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America. Asit is a suit and tie by day but big mountain skier at heart.

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  • Fishing David Johnson

    Ask Oregon Fishing Ambassador David Johnson has an Associate's Degree in Fisheries, has been guiding for 19 years in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and has authored or been featured in over 100 local and national magazines. He has also been a regular guest on NW radio and television programs. A resident of Tillamook County, David also enjoys hunting, clamming, crabbing and other outdoor recreation. Find out more about David's guiding service at

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  • Coast Gary Hayes

    Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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  • Beer Jeff Alworth

    Jeff Alworth has been writing about Oregon beer for fifteen years, and his recent work has appeared in Draft and Sunset Magazine. He has been blogging at "Beervana" since 2006. In Spring 2012, Chronicle Books will release The Beer Tasting Toolkit, his beginner's guide to blind tasting. He is currently writing The Beer Bible for Workman Publishing.

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  • Central Oregon Kim Cooper Findling

    Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Travelers,” "Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, walking beaches, and hanging out with her family.

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  • Golf Noel Lucky

    Noel Lucky is an avid, single digit golfer who, for the last 18 years, has played most of Oregon's golf courses. Because of her passion and knowledge of Oregon Golf, she has worked for Golf Digest and Golf World Properties to help promote courses big and small, for golfers of all skill levels. Noel and her husband, Jeff, live in Bend, Oregon which is considered by many the premier golf destination of the Northwest. She is excited to share her passion, many travels and insights on the Oregon golf experience.

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  • Rafting Zachary Collier

    Zach Collier owns Hood River based Northwest Rafting Company. He spends his winters exploring new rivers and summers guiding on the Rogue River. He's paddled and guided trips around the world, but chose to call Oregon home due to the abundance of amazing whitewater rivers.

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  • Portland China Kirk and Raj Zakheim

    Raj Zakheim and China Kirk are husband and wife photographer-videographers based in Portland and founders of Two of a Feather, which hosts adventure tours in the Pacific Northwest. They can be found backpacking, surfing, snowboarding and exploring year-round in their converted van along with their dog, Tuna.

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  • Eastern Oregon James Stolen

    James Stolen grew up in Eastern Oregon and recently returned to teach at Eastern Oregon University. He spends his time after class mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking and exploring the American West and further afield. An avid writer, photographer and adventurer, James shares his journeys at @thestolenword on Instagram.

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  • Willamette Valley Jennifer Rouse

    Jennifer Rouse relishes the chance to write about Oregon. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Jennifer loves running, wandering through bookstores, and feasting on local wine and cheese. Alongside her husband and three daughters, she likes to explore hidden corners of the state via car, foot, bike and canoe.

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  • Wine Mary Cressler

    Mary Cressler is a wine, food, and travel writer and founder of Vindulge Wine Education & Consulting. Mary is a wine columnist for Palate Press, and freelance writer for several publications in addition to her own site She is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, judge for wine competitions, and speaker. Outside of wine, Mary loves running, cooking, is a barbecue fanatic, and mom of twin boys.

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  • Mt Hood & Columbia Gorge Sunnie Brown

    Sunnie Brown’s fondest memories of Mt. Hood and the Gorge are of the childhood weekends spent bopping around in dad’s pickup truck and heading for the next skiing, hiking or camping adventure. Since then she’s added several other adventure sports to cruise around and cover ground. But when real life beckons, she lives in Hood River, contributes to EnviroGorge and teaches writing to adolescents.

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