Award-winning writer Annette McGivney has been drawn to remote, wild places her entire life, and uses her writing to inspire people to connect with the natural environment and protect wilderness. McGivney spent her adult years exploring the desert southwest and writing scores of articles about her wilderness encounters and environmental issues. Her stories have appeared in Backpacker, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Runners World and Sunset. She is the author of Pure Land, Building Wood Fires and Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West. McGivney has been the southwest editor for Backpacker magazine since 1996 and a member of the journalism faculty at Northern Arizona University since 2002. She lives in Flagstaff with her son Austin, who did his first rim-to-river hike in the Grand Canyon at age 4.