Our writers are out there exploring California’s best adventures so that we can bring you the ideas, information, and inspiration for making the most of your weekend outdoors! Everything you read on Weekend Sherpa has been checked out firsthand by one of these team members:
Founder and Publisher. Brad is a native Californian who grew up hiking, biking, skiing, and whitewater rafting throughout the Golden State. He’s trekked destinations like Iceland, Austria, Italy, Norway, and almost all of California. He heads to Canada as often as he can for extra adventures in the mountains. Brad’s favorite secluded beach to relax for an afternoon? Kirby Cove in the Marin headlands.
Editorial and Brand Director. Raised in Alberta, Canada, Holly started a career in media at the online magazine Salon.com and worked for a variety of publications including San Francisco magazine. She has been with Weekend Sherpa since its founding days. Banff and Jasper national parks are her home province playgrounds, and she’ll adventure anywhere in British Columbia. Her favorite California national park is Death Valley.
Travel writer, filmmaker, beer connoisseur and Bay Area native, Rachel has written and produced from the hills of California to the peaks of Peru. Whether repelling in the Andes, bungee jumping in South Africa, funyaking in North Carolina, or trekking up as many Bay Area peaks as she can get her feet on, she’s a pro at crafting well-rounded outdoors experiences for all levels. A UC Berkeley graduate, with four years at CNN under her belt, she joined Weekend Sherpa in 2011. A full moon bioluminescent paddle at Tomales Bay, or a soak at the cliff-side 1am hot springs at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute are favorite adventures.
A San Diegan by birth and a Los Angelean by heart, Matt grew up hiking in the Sierras and swimming in SoCal beaches. A former park ranger and a current teacher, the dog-lover now spends his free time searching for natural respite in busy LA, especially with a view of the downtown skyline, good company and a banh mi sandwich. When he needs to escape the city, the “Mattitude” loves camping under the stars in Joshua Tree or among the trees in Sequoia National Park.
Anna is an aspiring glamper who loves the Bay Area as much as she loves adventuring outside of it. Recently returned from 6 weeks in Thailand and five months penguin watching and backpacking around New Zealand, Anna can be spotted road tripping around Northern California looking for epic hikes and unique experiences to share with readers. Favorites include the Sierras and anything PCT—her goal is to section hike all 2,650 miles before she’s 40.
A native of Vancouver, B.C. currently residing in San Diego, Jade is a freelance writer and MFA student. When not writing, you can find her on the trails: hiking, running ultras, or looking for birds. Her current favorite haunt? Anywhere in Anza Borrego, but seeing fuschia-colored cactus blooms and sphinx moths are high on the list.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Bud Taylor salutes his parents and Boy Scout troop for giving him an early and prolonged exposure to the wilds. Childhood treks along California’s rugged coast, and into its vast deserts and pine forests, spurred in him a life-long wanderlust and passion for hiking, biking and canoeing. After several years in New York—including a season on the Appalachian Trail as a Student Conservation Association intern—Bud returned to Los Angeles intent on delving even deeper into his native geography. He’s especially fond of lesser-visited realms, like the far side of Santa Catalina Island.
Liz studied English and Creative Writing at Columbia University and journalism in the MA program at USC. She recently graduated with a MS in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, where she adventured throughout San Luis Obispo County and published her research on outdoor adventure therapy for young adult cancer survivors. When not leading service learning trips in places like Nicaragua and Kenya, she’s outside trail running, backpacking, surfing, and exploring. Her favorite spot in California is still running the trails of Mount Tamalpais in Marin, where she grew up.
A California native, Genevieve grew up in the East Bay, lived in Santa Cruz, and now resides in Los Gatos in the South Bay. She loves hiking, biking, going to the beach—anything to get outdoors. She’s a huge fan of traveling and has spent time in Utah’s national parks, Tahoe, and along the Central Coast, but her favorite local adventure is the majestic Castle Rock State Park.
SoCal native Erin Harris is highly motivated to get her kids outside whenever possible, so she seeks out trails and off-the-beaten-path locations that offer some sort of special discovery about exploring the outdoors. Erin is also the author of Walking LA and the forthcoming Visit California Farms. A few of the Harris family’s favorite adventures include hiking to caves and ruins, and beautifying their local beach in Santa Monica.
Martine is a Los Angeles native who has lived in Northern California, England and New York City. Her favorite thing about living in LA is the abundance of short hikes with rewarding views – like Inspiration Point in Will Rogers State Park and the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook – perfect for fitting into even the busiest of days. She loves casual competitive activities like disc golfing and playing on an adult rec softball team. When she’s not working up a sweat, she’s working as a freelance filmmaker and video editor.
Born in Georgia and raised in California, Hank is Weekend Sherpa’s unofficial mascot. He spends a lot of time napping, snoring, trolling for treats, and being the office goofball. When not stretching out on his lounger, Hank enjoys winter hiking at Glen Ellen Regional Park, and frolicking the dog-friendly beaches— favorites include Crissy Field Beach, Dillon Beach, and Rodeo Beach.