As a traveler, I would rather cram into a Kathmandu microbus with 30 Nepalis than catch a prearranged taxi. As an adventurer, I won’t be mistaken for a professional athlete, but I do fantasize about couloirs, vacant powder lines, crackling campfires and rugged summits when I sit at a desk for too long.

As a writer, I try to tell stories that matter and entertain—in as few words as possible. I’m a meticulous wordsmith with several motives. I want to provoke wanderlust, celebrate special places and inspire people to go outside. I also aim to challenge perspectives and spark conversations.

My arena is mostly outdoor and travel writing. I have written trip reports and lodge profiles in the West and New England and reported on slackliners and old laws, backcountry skiers and land management. I’ve covered mountain festivals and the World Stone Skimming Championships.

I am a regular contributor for Mountain magazine and have freelanced for several other publications, including Outside, Wild Northeast, Simply Lake Placid and WOW Air’s in-flight magazine.

Thanks for checking out my work. Don’t be a stranger: matt(dot)mcdonald4(at)gmail(dot)com.