Hello, my name is Oliver Anderson and I’m from Portland, Oregon. I’ve been hiking and exploring nature my whole life. Starting with childhood camping trips with my father, a nature photographer, my passion and interest in the natural world has always pushed me to explore and learn. And lucky for me, whether a jaunt in Portland’s Forest Park or a multi-day backpacking trip through the high Cascades, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest is ready to be experienced.
Aldo Leoplod begins his masterpiece, A Sand County Almanac, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” This is the idea which has inspired me to write about nature—to celebrate its beauty while also remaining vigilant against those who would let it slip way. I hope I can interest people in getting out and exploring wilderness, wherever you happen to be. My experiences come from my own backyard in Cascadia, but I belive they will translate anywhere wild things still exist. Experiencing nature firsthand is the most certain way to stir a passion for conservation, so get out and hike. Bring a friend, take your time, and ask questions; then let me know how it goes!