BROOKE HESS

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Brooke Hess

Growing up in Missoula, MT, I was on skis before I could walk, in a climbing harness before I could read, and in a kayak before I could drive. 
I graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Geoscience from University of Montana, and published my thesis research on fluvial geomorphology in the Water Resources Research Journal. Post-graduation, I worked as a coach and math and science teacher for World Class Academy's climbing and kayaking programs.
In 2017, I qualified for a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team, and placed 12th in the Freestyle World Championships in San Juan, Argentina. That year, I also placed 2nd in the Nile River Festival, 2nd in Unleashed, 1st in Montreal Eau Vive, and was featured in Teton Gravity Research's "Breaking Through" series for my success breaking into big wave freestyle.
Currently living in my vehicle as a nomad, I work part-time as a staff writer for The Outdoor Journal, do as much remote freelance writing as I can, and spend the rest of my time kayaking, climbing, and skiing in the backcountry. 


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