Monica Prelle writes about the great outdoors, adventure travel, wine, and running. Her work has appeared in Afar, Backcountry, Backpacker, Bicycling, Climbing, Mountain, Outside Online, Runners World, SKI, Trail Run Project, and VICE Sports among others. Based in Mammoth Lakes, California, Monica spends most of her free time snowboarding and running, and explores the backcountry as often as possible.
As a runner, Monica has competed in the sub-elite fields in World Marathon Majors including the Chicago and New York marathons. She is an accomplished big mountain snowboarder who has climbed numerous mountains in the Eastern Sierra. In 2016 Monica was the Assistant Coach for the Mammoth Track Club where she helped train athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.
Monica has won numerous awards for her writing and photography, most notably the Silver Prize for Travel Profile 2016 from the North American Travel Journalists Association, the Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America in 2014, and Best Website and Best Feature Photography from the Outdoor Writers Association of California in 2013 and 2012.
In 2015, Monica earned a Master of Literary Arts in Journalism from Harvard University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern California. In addition, she earned an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and an Avalanche One Certification from the Bardini Foundation.
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