Samantha Larson

Climber, Mountaineer, and Writer

Hometown

Long Beach, CA

Current

Seattle, WA

An avid climber, Samantha was once the youngest person to summit the tallest peak on each continent, a goal known as “The Seven Summits.” She is a writer who covers science, the environment, and outdoor adventure. Her work can be seen in publications that include: Grist, National Geographic, and Smithsonian.

Describe an a-ha! moment you’ve had in the mountains.

I've been lucky enough to have traveled to remote mountains all over the world. But some of my most meaningful adventures -- the ones where I've broken through a longstanding mental block, or made the deepest friendships, or just felt really out there -- have happened within a few hours' drive from my home. Adventure can happen anywhere.

Why is there such a large canon of outdoor writing? How can writing inspire the way in which we recreate in the outdoors?

When we're off having our adventures, it can feel like we're the only people in the world, or at least the only ones who have ever felt a certain way. People love to read things that put these hard-to-define emotions and experiences into words, to be reminded of their universality. I think outdoor writing can inspire adventure when it makes someone think, I know that feeling. I want to feel that again.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

It means remembering that there’s an awesome, beautiful world out there that’s way bigger than you. Step outside to explore the world around you, be challenged by it, be inspired by it, be humbled by it, and do what you can to make it better.