About Monica

Monica Prelle quit writing at the age of seven when her oldest sister squashed her dreams of becoming a poet. It was then she decided she would become a zoologist specializing in pandas.

That didn’t work out either.

She eventually enrolled in the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and graduated with Journalism degree.

A freelance writer and outdoors adventurer, Monica lives at 8,000 feet (perfect for altitude training) in California’s Eastern Sierra.

Monica is the camping editor and writer for About.com. Her freelance outdoors, wine, and travel articles have been published in Alaska Airlines Magazine, Afar Travel Guides, Backcountry Magazine, Bespoke, Foam, Montage Magazine; and online at the Matador Network, Reserve America,  Sun Valley Magazine, The Active Times, and Women’s Adventure. See a list of Monica’s published writing here.

Monica is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism through Harvard University. She also earned  an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. While viticulture has nothing to do with the great outdoors, wine regions around the globe have some amazing opportunities  for adventure. Anyone want to run up Howell Mountain?

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