Monica Prelle writes about the outdoors, travel, and running. Her work has appeared in AfarBackcountryBackpackerBicyclingClimbingThe Guardian, MountainOutside Online, REI Co-op Journal, Runner’s WorldSKI, and VICE Sports among others. Based in Mammoth Lakes, California, Monica spends most of her time snowboarding and running.

As a runner, Monica has competed in the sub-elite fields at the World Marathon Majors in Chicago and New York. 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. She is a backcountry snowboarder who has climbed many high peaks in the Eastern Sierra. (She also thinks it’s weird writing about herself in the third-person.)

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 Journalism and 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. She is currently teaching journalism at Northern Michigan University.

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