The Expedition Journal is intended to serve as a log of adventures and outdoor escapades; some of them my own, some of them from other people and places of interest.
My name is Derek MacDonald and I am a storyteller based out of Jackson, WY. As an outdoor writer and personal leadership public speaker, I’m happiest chasing sunrises in the backcountry with several cups of coffee and my snowboard.
What does that mean exactly?… Well, I like sleeping outside, getting up at 4:00am to hike up mountains with my snowboard, catch the sunrise at the top, and then ride powder on the way down. I’m an avid runner, though I love mountain biking and backpacking as well. You can also find me searching for sunsets by the water with friends and some good beer. So, the content I share tends to relate in some capacity to those things and others like them.
For an example of stuff you might find on The Expedition Journal, check out an article I wrote about a summer snowboard mission that turned into a medical rescue on tetongravity.com.
My background is multifaceted-
I am an AASI Level 2 snowboard coach at Jackson Hole Mountain resort, a competitive snowboarder, and a backcountry expedition leader.
I also work in marketing and have years of experience working with content creation, writing, and inbound marketing strategies. My experience comes from working with some awesome companies and organizations like NOLS, Ski The East, The Movember Foundation, Citizen Cider, Wilderness Adventures, and more. I attended the University of Vermont where I majored in Public Communication and instructed new-leader development programs for the Outing Club.
I have been an avid consumer of outdoor content for my entire life and would unabashedly describe myself as not only an avid consumer of snow-sports content, but as a communication, perception, and marketing nerd.
This means that aside from personal stories, I’ll usually share content affiliated with outdoor brands, the ski/snowboard industry, travel, and professional development. Check out how 10 Barrel Brewing forged into the snow-sports content scene.
Want to work together? Have questions about the outdoors? Maybe you want to link up and go do something fun outside? Get in touch!
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Thanks for reading and happy exploring! See you in the mountains.