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Emily HalnonEmily Halnon

Emily Halnon is a story collector and teller based in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, The Washington Post, CNN, Salon, Trail Runner, and Adventure Journal and she’s the author of the forthcoming memoir To the Gorge.

She can often be found running, hiking, skiing, and snacking around the mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest, usually with her best friend Dilly Pickle Chip. Some of her most notable adventures include setting the fastest known time on the 460-mile stretch of the Oregon PCT and traversing every Domino’s Pizza in Eugene city limits.


  • Topics of expertise: Trail running, hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, the best pizza to carry in a hydration pack, Taylor Swift.
  • Years of experience in these topics: Over a decade.
  • Favorite topic to write about: The intersection of the outdoors and the human experience.  
  • Favorite travel destinations: The San Juan Mountains, the Sierra, the Cascades. 

Education and Experience:

  • Education: BA, Middlebury College
  • Books or other publications: TO THE GORGE (Forthcoming, May 2024)
  • Other places you write for: The Guardian, The Washington Post, CNN, Salon, Adventure Journal, Trail Runner Magazine, Runner’s World, Backpacker Magazine

About the Writer

  • Location (city/state): Eugene, Oregon
  • Places You’ve Lived or Extensively Traveled: Vermont, Washington, DC, Oregon
  • Preferred Pronouns: She/her

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