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Meet the Team

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the individuals behind Trail and Summit, a website founded with a focus on helping readers explore the outdoors and bring more adventure into their lives.

Our team of writers brings a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives to the table. They are experts in their fields and passionate about sharing their knowledge and insights with our audience. Whether they’re writing about trail running, or #vanlife, each of our writers is dedicated to producing informative and engaging content.

We hope you enjoy getting to know our team and that our content serves as a valuable resource for you.

Founder and Lead Editor

David Parnell

Meet David, the founder and lead editor of Trail and Summit. He’s not just an experienced writer, but also a proud husband to his high school sweetheart Kristen and a loving father to his two boys. David’s love for the great outdoors extends beyond just writing about it – he’s an ultramarathoner who’s already completed two 100 mile races and is currently training for his third.

When he’s not pushing his limits on the trails, David is a true online marketing nerd, having made a living in the field since 2000. Currently based in Boise, Idaho, David and his family are enjoying life in this beautiful city, tucked against the foothills that extend to the greater Bitterroot Rocky Mountains and countless miles of wilderness trails.

With this kind of backdrop it’s not difficult to balance work and play. Whether he’s spending time with his family, running ultramarathons, or blogging about his outdoor adventures, David is always on the go, always striving for more.

Here’s a few of David’s favorite articles he’s written:

Top 10 Mammoth Lakes Family Activities For Summertime

Bigfoot 200 Training and Racing – 16 Lessons Learned

Dreaming Of Moving To A Colorado Ski Town? Here’s What I Discovered

Browse all the articles by David here.

Freelance Writers and Regular Contributors

Carly Moree

Carly has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and half the trail again in 2016. She is the co-author of the popular thru-hiking book, Pacific Crest Trials. Learn more about Carly on her author page.

Cat Carroll

Cat is originally from Seattle, WA but has traveled around the US and Canada full-time in a self-converted school bus with her boyfriend Aaron since April of 2018. Learn more about Cat on her author page.

Chase Parnell

Chase is from Bend, Oregon and has somehow managed over 40 ultra marathon finishes, from 50k to 100 miles. He recently said goodbye to his law career to launch his freelance writing dream. Learn more about Chase on his author page.

Emma Knudson

Emma is a semi-professional runner for the Hoka One One Aggies, based out of beautiful San Luis Obispo, California. She is an NCAA DIII All-American, has made multiple top-10 all-time performance lists for track and field and cross country for her alma mater, Linfield College, and graduated with a degree in creative writing with honors. Learn more about Emma on her author page.

Gordon Alexander

As a travel writer and photographer, Gordon spent the better part of 2018 visiting 13 different countries as far apart as Chile, Morocco and Vietnam. Learn more about Gordon on his author page.

Sabrina Bosserman

Sabrina is the co-owner of Phoenix Skool Buses and is a regular contributor to our Skoolie department. Having fulfilled her obligation to the Navy as a nuclear engineer, she now shares her passion and creativity through building customized skoolies, vans, food trucks, shuttle buses, and more. Browse all her articles here.

Join Our Team

Want to share your outdoor and adventure travel experiences to inspire others? Join our team! We’re always seeking unique stories, how-to articles and gear reviews from writers around the world. Contact us for more information on how to submit your work and be a part of our community.