Jill Homer grew up in Sandy, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism in 2000. She began her career working for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah and Idaho. In 2005, she moved to Homer, Alaska, to pursue adventure in the Last Frontier. She never viewed herself as an athlete, but she was searching for a unique kind of outlet that provided both physical and psychological challenges. Endurance cycling fit that description. Two years of adventures landed her in one of the most difficult endurance races in North America, a 350-mile winter traverse of Alaska wilderness called the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The unforgettable experience was the genesis of her first book, Ghost Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime. Her second book, Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide, follows her physical and emotional development during a record-setting ride on the 2,740-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor in Los Altos, California. Follow Jill’s blog at http://jilloutside.com



“Grizzly” Adam Lisonbee lives in Utah with his wife and five kids. He enjoys mountain biking and backcountry skiing. He writes about his outdoor (mis)adventures at grizzlyadam.net. He recently finished his first book, Mythical and Tangible: Tales of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Singletrack. The book chronicles Adam’s ongoing journey to find spiritual and philosophical meaning while exploring the outdoors.



Eric Bruntjen is the editor of The Cordillera; a collection of stories and art about “the world’s toughest bike race.” He lives on a small farm ( www.footbridgefarm.com ) in central Washington where he raises heirloom produce, ducks and chickens with his wife Melanee, son Win and daughter Ona.


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