Spontaneous sunrise hike in Grand Teton National Park while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyo.  Photo: Nick Cote

Spontaneous sunrise hike in Grand Teton National Park while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyo.  Photo: Nick Cote

Me, on the right, testing gear on BACKPACKER's Editor's Choice trip to Colombia. This spread was in the Spring 2017 Gear Guide. Photo: WhereNext

Me, on the right, testing gear on BACKPACKER's Editor's Choice trip to Colombia. This spread was in the Spring 2017 Gear Guide. Photo: WhereNext

Boulder, Colorado-based freelance writer and editor

I'm Kassondra Cloos. I'm a freelance travel, outdoor, and gear writer, and a co-founder of Adventures in Wikipedia. I've previously been the associate editor of SNEWS and Outdoor Retailer Daily, a crime, court, and public safety reporter for The Colorado Springs Gazette, and an education reporter for The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia. You'll find my work online and in print at outlets including Backpacker Magazine, The New York Times, 5280Travel Channel, Gear Institute, HGTV, DIY Network, the REI Co-op Journal, the Earnest Blog, Outdoor Retailer Daily, SNEWS, National Park Trips Media, and Elevation Outdoors, among other publications. 

I am constantly adventuring around the Southwest, and I stay in hostels whenever possible. On weekends, you'll find me smuggling insulated bottles full of ice cream onto backpacking trips, and on weeknights, you'll often find me unplugging for spontaneous mid-week camping trips.

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