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Human & Nature
A River of Unknowns
As a change in atmosphere looms off the shores of Vancouver Island, Morgan Tilton ventures into a shifting terrain of snow and surf.
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About the Journalist
Morgan Tilton is a writer specializing in adventure travel, outdoor industry news, and human endurance. Her insatiable curiosity of people, environments, and the cosmos was crystallized by playing in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, where she grew up in Telluride and Bayfield.
In less than a decade, she’s covered hundreds of stories for nearly 70 publications, nonprofits, brands, and organizations in the outdoor and adventure travel industries. She has served as an Adventure Travel Trade Association delegate in Canada and Jordan, frenetically reported at 16 outdoor industry trade events, and clipped in as Teton Gravity Research’s Snowboard Editor. Folded into her life-altering adventures was SUPing the 100-mile Escalante River, one of the wildest rivers in the Lower 48, with four friends. Her writings of the first-descent earned four of her 11 North American Travel Journalists Association awards.
Based in Crested Butte’s Elk Mountains, adjacent to the San Juans, she serves on the advisory council for the Center for the Arts’ Literary Arts Department. She’s also a contributing editor for MST Magazine, contributing writer for Adventure Pro Magazine, staff writer for AllGear, and the WeRunFar columnist of iRunFar. The majority of her work is published in print and digital publications such as Outside Magazine, The Strategist, Gear Junkie, 5280 Magazine, and others. She also writes for and provides education to outdoor industry brands and individuals to help share their authentic stories in credible, creative ways.
She’s most excited to weave narratives that celebrate the natural and human spirit, inspire responsible stewardship, and guide sustainable outdoor recreation and travel. Away from her desk at 8,909 feet, she loves climbing to higher altitudes by way of splitboard, trail runs, and two wheels.
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