about our team
Naomi Hudetz leads revenue operations and business strategy for Treeline Review and is director of analytics and digital innovation. She brings decades of private sector experience in project management, budget and pricing projection, and long term business vision, strategy, and goals. She received the Triple Crown award for hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trail and has hiked numerous other distance trails including the Great Divide Trail across the Canadian Rockies (twice), Grand Enchantment Trail, and Pacific Northwest Trail. She serves as Treasurer of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and is based in White Salmon, Washington.
Liz Thomas is an award-winning writer and Editor-in-Chief of Treeline Review. Liz came to Treeline Review from Wirecutter, the New York Times’ product review site, where she was a staff writer on the outdoor team. She was previously guest editor at Backpacker Magazine, where she is currently the columnist of “Ask a Thru-hiker” and instructor of their online class, Thru-hiking 101. Her first book, Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, was the recipient of the the National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional Book called by judges destined to become the “Bible of the Sport.” Liz has talked gear on Good Morning America (TV), in The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, Gizmodo, Yahoo!News, Outside Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She represented the sport of hiking at President Obama’s Great American Outdoors Initiative Outdoor Nation Listening Session in New York City. Liz’s speaking engagements have included colleges and universities including Yale and MIT and on Capitol Hill. She’s also spoken at national leadership conferences for the Trust for Public Land, American Hiking Society, and BikeTexas. Liz is based in Los Angeles, California, where she spends her “free time” writing a waterfall hiking guidebook to Southern California.
Brandon Lampley is an all-around outdoor enthusiast who comes to Treeline Review from Outdoor Gear Lab, where he was Senior Editor. Brandon has summited Denali and Ama Dablam and pioneered first ascents in the Indian and Chinese Himalaya. His bigwall climbs include several El Cap routes in Yosemite. He’s spent a month kayaking the Sea of Cortes, bike toured across the U.S. several times, and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. For three years, Brandon lived and worked in Phortse, Nepal as the project director of the Khumbu Climbing Center where he worked alongside Nepali climbers to increase safety for high-altitude climbers and workers. When not he’s not on a long trip or traveling, Brandon lives in his van exploring the U.S. and has biked and climbed in 48 states and 20+ countries. Most recently, he can be found gold-panning in the mountains of North Carolina. He holds degrees in Environmental Science, Geology, and Psychology from Duke University.
Amanda Jameson is a Colorado-based outdoor writer. She maintains the blog, Brown Girl on the NST, which documents her experiences as a black woman in the outdoors. In 2017-2018, Amanda traveled the country speaking/presenting at festivals and outdoor events as a Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Master Trainer. Her work has been published in Griots Republic and Backpacker Magazine, where she was the 2016 Pacific Crest Trail traveling correspondent. She currently serves on the board of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and works for a non-profit that seeks to diversify the outdoor industry. As an outdoor athlete, she has been profiled in Modern Hiker, and on The Trail Show and the Sounds of the Trail podcasts, in addition to as a speaker on the panel “Where would we be without trails?” at the Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018 Trade Show. She holds a MA from Oxford University and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Dean Krakel is a three-time Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist, photographer, and photo editor whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Cowboys & Indians, High Country News, National Wildlife, Outside, Time, Yoga Journal, Newsweek and Life magazines. With over four decades of experience, his early dramatic documentary style photographs of the Marlboro Man shot for the Leo Burnett Agency were seen worldwide. Krakel is the author of three books: Season of the Elk, Downriver, and Krakel’s West. In 2015, Krakel left his newspaper career at the Denver Post to hike the 500 mile long Colorado Trail; a film about that hike-The Long Haul-won a Heartland Emmy Award. Dean’s fine art prints are valued by collectors and have been exhibited in galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Large exhibition prints of his photographs are on permanent display in the Denver Justice Center. Dean is based in Crested Butte, Colorado.
John Carr is a Colorado-based outdoor lifestyle photographer and contributing photographer for Treeline Review. His photography is featured in guidebooks and coffee table books including: Best Hikes on the Continental Divide Trail: Colorado, The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America’s Ridgeline Trail, and the National Outdoor Book Award winning book Long Trails. His clients include outdoor companies 13 Fishing, Mettle Rings, The Crock Spot, Melters, and event photography for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, skiing, and motorcycle touring.
Katie Gerber is a holistic nutrition coach who is inspired to help people optimize their health, so they can feel great doing what they love. She believes that when people feel their best, they tap into their true selves and access their fullest potential. She has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Oregon Desert Trail, and the Colorado Trail in addition to several shorter routes. She's passionate about using her own struggles with autoimmunity and fatigue to share what she's learned and to help others experience vibrant health. Katie aims to create strength, resilience, and endurance by taking a whole-body approach and getting to the root of imbalances. When she’s not out playing in the mountains, Katie can be found digging in the garden, experimenting in the kitchen, or devouring the latest health and wellness research. Katie lives in Salida, Colorado.
Grace Anderson is a climber, outdoor instructor, and community organizer. She’s a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and for GirlVentures, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls through outdoor adventures. She previously was program manager for the Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors Program to connect communities with limited access to the outdoors. She’s been featured as a climber and instructor in the Alpinist, Melanin Basecamp, Sierra, Elevation Outdoors, and was chosen by Gear Junkie as a 30 under 30. She holds a Top Rope Instructor Certification with the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and a Single Pitch Instructor Certification with the American Mountain Guides Association as part of a Women’s Single Pitch Instructor program led by the American Alpine Club, Flash Foxy (a women’s climbing community), Brown Girls Climb, Camber Outdoors, and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. She’s currently based in Lander, Wyoming.
Melissa Spencer is full time vanlifer, a veteran long distance backpacker, and has 20 years of outdoor retail experience. She is also co-owner of SimBLISSity Ultralight Designs, which creates long distance hiking routes, guides, and maps.
Melissa has given talks on backcountry topics for REI, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the American Long Distance Hiking Association. She has also been highlighted in Dogster Magazine.
Melissa maintains a blog that covers long distance hiking topics—specifically: women-specific issues, hiking with a dog, and backcountry cuisine.
Nina Pileggi is the second highest level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in the state of Oregon. For 18 years, she was the director of Sunset Yoga Center in Portland, Oregon (previously in Cedar Mill, Oregon) overseeing and mentoring nine instructors. Now, she teaches a quarterly Iyengar Yoga Teacher Education program. She holds a three-year therapeutic yoga teacher certification sponsored by Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics and is a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has made four trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. She serves on the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States certification committee.
Katie Hearsum is a freelance journalist covering topics related to outdoor recreation and tourism for publications like 5280 magazine, Elevation Outdoors magazine, U.S. News & World Report and snowshoemag.com. Her work has taken her from guiding horseback rides in the Rockies to trekking in the Peruvian Andes to kayaking in Vietnam, but her favorite place in the world is back home in Colorado. You can connect with Katie and see more of her work at www.katiehearsum.com
Mike Unger left his high-stress corporate job to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006. That experience forever changed him, and he purposefully re-arranged his life to allow for as much adventuring as possible. Today, he’s closing in on 25,000 miles on North American long trails. He’s also picked up another passion along the way: long-distance bike packing, including the 1,850 mile Pacific Coast route. When he’s not hiking or biking, he’s probably planning his next trip and/or researching gear.