Scott Turner still can’t believe he gets away with it. Since 2012, he’s hiked an average of 1,000 miles per year, which gave him a chance to exercise the muscles he got from that super-useful English degree and all of that time messing around in the photo lab when he could have been doing his history homework.

All of that “dragging his behind through the bushes” paid off when he started writing for Modernhiker.com, the most-read hiking blog in the American West. Mere months after that, he proposed a full revision and update for Jerry Schad’s hiking guide masterpiece, Afoot and Afield San Diego County.

Now as the co-author and steward of Jerry Schad’s classic, Scott set his sights on a trio of new hiking guides for Mountaineers Books. His entries into their new Hike the Parks! series includes treatments on Joshua Tree National Park, Zion & Bryce Canyon National Park, and his beloved Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks – all due sometime in 2019 & 2020.

When he isn’t hiking, writing, writing about hiking, planning hikes that he can then write about, or planning to plan hikes, he is shrinking heads as a Marriage and Family Therapist, raising his greatest joy, his son Hank, and loving life with his wife Kelly in Carlsbad, California.