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  Cathleen Calkins
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Intelligent writer and content producer with an engaging conversational style specializing in adventure, lifestyle, health, fitness, and travel: From blogging and long-form features for major publishers to writing copy for hospitality-based businesses.

I have covered tradeshows, including Outdoor Retailer, adventurous travel like kayaking in Siberia, climbing in Peru, and backcountry skiing in Kamchatka, and travel to Alaska and Russia's Far East frequently.

I am flexible, professional, and offer a quick turnaround, plus I'm easy-going. I am currently working on two non-fiction book proposals.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copywriter 8 Years
Photographer 15 Years
Writer 11 Years
Specialty
Health 11 Years
Lifestyle 11 Years
Travel 11 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
33 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Snowshoe Magazine (11+), Inspirato (Luxury Lifestyle Blog) (11+), GearTrade.com (Blog) (6-10), The Daily (3-5), Backcountry (3-5), The Rotarian (1-2), Runner's World (1-2), Management & Operations (1-2), Las Vegas Review Journal (1-2), LA Weekly (1-2), The New York Times (1-2), VIPRoadRunnerSports.com (Blog) (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Alderwood Group (11+), Inspirato (luxury destination club) (11+), Big Bear Lake Resort Association (6-10), Mammoth Lakes CVB (1-2)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, InDesign, and various content management systems, Wordpress, Twitter
Technical Skills
Award-winning photographer
Photo editing - Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
Social media - blogging
Other - Audio recording and editing.
Equipment
Recorder, Boom mic, Multiple full frame Canon digital slrs with multiple lense and HD film making ability, small digital slr with various lenses, and laptop
Work Permits & Visas
Have passport will travel.
References
Available upon request.
Awards
WIPI - Honorable Mention in Photography Category - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (2005)
Associations


Other
Certified Yoga Instructor
BCU Paddlesport Coach
Certified Spinning Instructor
PSIA Certified Level II Ski Instructor
Outdoor Emergency Care and Mountaineering Instructor
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Los Angeles, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Features  
(Runner's World, 1/1/2013)
(Backcountry, 11/30/2011)
It's six p.m. on the first Saturday in April, and the Thompson Pass, AK parking lot is a ghost town. Save for a dozen tents, RVs and construction trailers tucked beneather the famous spines and faces of Chugach snow and rock, the place is deserted. But as the clock pushes closer to seven, Tailgaters
(Snowshoemag.com, 11/21/2011)
The descent from Thompson Pass to Valdez is one of Alaska’s most stunning roadways. The Richardson Highway follows a single switchback on a high plateau, where views of glacial fields abound, before dropping into Keystone Canyon, a narrow slice wide enough for a two-lane highway and the Lowe River.
(The Rotarian, 9/30/2011)
T he sun glints off Cook Inlet as the pilot maneuvers the Boeing 757 toward Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. It’s 4 o’clock on a September afternoon in 2010, but it feels earlier. As we approach, I glimpse three of Alaska’s big peaks – Hunter, Foraker, and Mount McKinley, also kn
(Las Vegas Review Journal, 6/24/2007)
After passing through Lucerne Valley's dust, we drive up the northern flank of the San Bernardino Mountains in California on a road unremarkable but for corkscrew curves. However, boredom vanishes as we pop out at an overlook and pause to watch the early evening light illuminate Gold Mountain. Cumul
School of Run
(Runner)
FOB  
(The New York Times, 9/25/2012)
(The New York Time, 11/30/2011)
The Russian carrier Vladivostok Air plans to start flying between Siberia and the United States in July, the only direct service between the two regions.
(The Rotarian, 7/10/2009)
When Tatiana Klepikova first met fellow Siberians Ariana Reida and Andrei Suknev, the conversation turned to the 1,200-mile trail Reida and Suknev were helping to construct around the world’s oldest and largest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. But it wasn’t until Klepikova, then a member of the Rot
(Backcountry magazine, 11/30/2008)
Ignoring looks from other passengers, we lug heavy packs and drag skis behind us down bus 204s narrow aisle. My partner, Scott, hads the driver a note written in Cyrillic. It asks that he let us off at the 208th killometer of the only road connecting the south end of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula wit
Reviews  
(Snowshoemag.com, 7/16/2011)
Think taking an outdoor activity online doesn’t make sense? Think again. As with many other outdoor activities and sports, gravitating toward an online social network hub or forum seems to be the trend. This is true even with the active pursuit of hiking. Alex Genadink, founder of the new hiking web
(Snowshoemag.com, 5/28/2011)
When I found out I was going to gear test Columbia Sportswear’s shell offerings for a heli-ski trip I was planning, I had mixed feelings. I love gear but I wasn’t sure I would love Columbia’s. I even questioned my friend Randy on a morning mountain bike ride. Without prejudice I asked, “When I menti
(Snowshoemag.com, 5/17/2011)
One of the newest trends in outdoor adventure clothing design is the hybrid down. Perhaps inspired by the hybrid car, the new version of down offers the same amount of warmth in a trimmed down sportier model. Columbia Sportswear is leading the charge with its new Reach the Peak down hybrid jacket.
Samples (Content/Copy/Blogs)  
(Road Runner Sports, 5/21/2012)
As warmer temps signal summer is close, it’s hard not to notice the growing number of people abandoning the treadmill for a run outdoors. It’s a migration we can count on every spring. But if you are new to running or have never run, the thought of joining all these other runners on the same sidewal
(InspiratoBlogs.com, 11/30/2011)
Kali Kopley, proprietress of Uncorked and Soupa, both located in the Village at Squaw Valley, is adding a third way to enjoy food and wine this winter. Her new enterprise, Petra, is set to open December 18 in The Village at Northstar. Located across from The North Face and next to Burton on the corn
(Mammoth Lakes CVB, 1/31/2008)
Content for award-winning vacation planner for years 2007 and 2008.
Contact Info
  Cathleen Calkins
Big Bear, CA 
USA

Tel: 323-620-1773  
E-Mail: cathleen@cathleencalkins.com
Website: http://www.CathleenCalkins.com