The Expedition Journal

My name is Derek MacDonald and I am a snowboarder, backpacker, writer, runner and public speaker currently living in Jackson, WY. The Expedition Journal is intended to serve as a log of  my adventures and outdoor escapades.

Derek MacDonald

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 of course ride powder on the way down. You can also find me searching for sunsets by the water with friends and some good beer.


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

My background is multifaceted- I’ve worked in marketing and as a writer with specific interest in public relations and branding. I’m also a backcountry trip leader, outdoor educator, and snowboard instructor. This means that aside from personal ramblings, I’ll usually share content affiliated with outdoor brands, the ski/snowboard industry, travel, personal achievement, and professional development.

Thanks for reading, and happy exploring!



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