I’m Helena, a writer, map-maker and outdoors enthusiast based in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. I’m an avid cyclist and trail runner, but I also enjoy paddling, hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and camping — basically any form of human-powered outdoor recreation.
I used to write full-time for Dirt Rag Magazine, but discovered that I didn’t like making my form of artistic expression a full-time job, so now I’ve gone back to freelancing instead. I spent my work week as a map-maker for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and I also find myself helping out with other mapping projects on the side, such as course maps for bike events. I’m working on a cartography section for this site where you can see my work.
I write about adventures big and small, often interspersing musings on life and mental health with the backdrop of nature and recreation in the outdoors. I value openness, honesty and being real about my struggles, challenges and triumphs, and I try my best to let that shine through in my writing.
If you’re new to this blog, welcome! I recommend you start here for some of my favorite adventures and pieces of writing, those that I feel exemplify either my proudest accomplishments or are the truest representation of myself.