Zach was raised on a thousand acre tree farm in Battle Ground, Washington. Instilled with the spirit of the outdoors, he's since trekked throughout the U.S. and abroad. His most memorable hikes have been the Grand Canyon (twice), Mt. Snowdon (Wales), and the Matterhorn. Zach enjoys the latest snacks, but he's never above packing a bag of peanut M&Ms.
The definition of a rolling stone, Shane has lived in the jungles of Peru, the beaches of several Caribbean islands, the deserts of Iraq, and the rainforests of North America (yes they exist). Now based in central Oregon, he feels "the most human" in the outdoors, with the exception of his six-month stint living in an off-grid pit in the Sonoran Desert.
Originally from Washington State, Heidi now resides in Prineville Oregon where there's lots of four-wheeling, kayaking and hiking to be had. There's no shortage of scenery in Oregon to test hiking food, and there's never any complaints from Heidi. When she's not fraternizing with our other editor Jon, she's usually planning for he next adventure on some lake in Central Oregon.
Raised in Battle Ground, Washington by a distinguished pack of wolves, he's been described as the gentleman of the forest. He's climbed Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams all in one week! Some call him Cobra, but we know him as Chuck. He's a lover, not a fighter. But don't get any ideas, because he's also a fighter.
Now living in his converted Dodge Promaster van, Ryan grew up in scenic Upstate New York. While the nearby Adirondack Mountains will always hold a special place in his heart, Ryan has gone on to climb in the Alps, Alaska, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. While he prefers Ultralight camping, he always makes room for a paperback novel.
A member of the Yurok Tribe of Northern California, Jon was raised with a keen understanding of how powerful nature could be. When he's not helping at risk youth at his day job as an addiction medicine counselor, he's trecking the great northwest with his two dogs and fellow editor/girlfriend Heidi.
We met Kai on a staff hiking trip to the Grand Canyon. We had been arbitrarily asking fellow hikers questions about how they planned their meals for the trip, and it was apparent that Kai was a seasoned hiker with a lot of great insights. Kai has a deep passion for extreme hiking and he's quit multiple jobs for not being flexible with his hiking schedule. Luckily that's not a problem for us!
Matt can only be described as an enigma wrapped up in an anomaly. His savant like qualities make him a bit difficult to get along with, and if it wasn't for his brilliance as a meal reviewer, we'd have no reason to associate with him. When he's not insulting the staff or writing prolific meal reviews, he's busy with his full time job as a master mechanic. Nobody here really cares for him personally, but his work is unparalleled so we keep him around.
Based in Rochester, New York, Morgan travels across the Northeast U.S. to test camping food in real-world conditions. Whether it's the Long Trail in Vermont, Mount Major in New Hampshire, or the coast of Acadia Park in Maine, Morgan is nearly always outdoors testing the latest products—rain or shine (or snow).
After graduating from Bentley University, Zach spent the next 27 months in rural Zambia as a Peace Corp Volunteer. After successfully completing his term, Zach headed east to Malawi, where he now lives. Every product he tests must face a wide variety of conditions, from the intense rain seasons of Zimbabwe to the dusty deserts of Namibia.
A Good Boy
While his grammar skills leave a lot to be desired, Todd's pallet for backpacking and survival food is second to none. His career as a police dog was cut short after being injured on the job, and rather than letting a little hearing damage get him down, we recruited him to our team. Todd may not be chasing down purps anymore, but he's chasing his dream of eating delicious food. He really is a good boy.