My name is Lindsey Benjamin and this is my blog (as you’ve probably already figured out). I write about:

  • Outdoor adventures + misadventures.
  • Being a freelance archivist and researcher (though, be forewarned, I’m still figuring that all out).
  • Archives! My graduate work was in archival studies and library information science. While I don’t work as an archivist anymore (mostly because I don’t like sitting at a desk for long periods of time), I’m a writer focusing on topics within environmental history where I often refer to archives for research purposes. So, that is, I use my archival education to better search for things IN archives that I’m interested in. It’s pretty neat.
  • But mostly… I write about the outdoors.

If you don’t know what an archivist is (don’t worry, lots of people don’t), here is the official definition from the Society of American Archivists:

“An individual responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value, according to the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control to protect the materials’ authenticity and context.”

Other random facts:

  • I’m a contributing writer to Modern Hiker.
  • I live in Portland, Oregon. However, I lived, went to school in, and then worked in Los Angeles from 2012-2015. I’ve now escaped and am happily living north again.
  • I will PROUDLY admit that I love science fiction and fantasy. In fact, I read ALL 14 Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan.
  • I’m from Mendocino county, California, but I was born in Chicago, and went to high school in Maui, Hawaii. My first backpacking trip was in Haleakala National Park in the late 90’s.
  • I went to college in Colorado because I wanted to be outside (good reason).
  • I love tacos. Really really love tacos.
  • I’m married to a photographer, and sometimes he hikes with me and takes photos. I like him a lot.
  • I hate parsley.




3 Comments on “About

    • You’re too kind! Nowhere near as great as your blog (which by the way, gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, there’s something to this whole “freelance because I can’t sit at a desk for 40 hours a week” thing. We shall see though!).


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