Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

A self-propelled recreation junkie and a fan of all things outdoors, Steve Johnson parlayed that passion into a 20-year freelance writing career in a variety of outlets. Author of numerous books, Steve is also a regular contributor to Backpacker, Wisconsin Trails, and other regional magazines across the country. Watch for excerpts, blog entries, and more info at his website,

Lifelong Camper

Steve spent his first night out in the woods as a wanderlust kid, in the shelter of a lean-to fort made of sticks and branches. That mini-adventure launched a lifetime of camping outings from tame overnighters to multi-day epics. Steve learned the basics of cooking and sleeping outside on family trips, with a canvas tent so big it echoed inside.

Steve honed his skills with stints at local gear shops, following the footsteps of seasoned outdoor experts and testing his mettle and a garage full of well-worn equipment. He has spent over thirty years exploring, from deep forests to high mountain summits.

Skiing Aficionado

As soon as Steve could balance on cross-country skis without tipping over, he took to the woods behind his boyhood home and learned how to swish through the snow, gaining momentum and a respectable skill set in ensuing years on family trips to trail systems from Minnesota to Michigan.

On the alpine side, Steve's parents treated him to a Colorado ski trip as a 14th birthday present, and he never looked back. He has skied nearly every resort in Colorado since then in addition to staying fresh on the lower elevation hills in Minnesota.

More About Steve Johnson

In addition to Steve's website, you can also learn more about his work by reaching out to him on LinkedIn.

Most Recent Contributions by Steve Johnson

Campsites in Wisconsin

With over 4,600 campsites in Wisconsin's 63 state parks and forests, the hardest part of planning a camping trip just might be deciding wher ... Read More

Snow Skiing Vacations

If you're looking for a winter vacation idea, snow skiing can be a great choice. There are terrific packages at skiing resorts throughout ar ... Read More

What Are the Different Types of Skiing?

Although the word "skiing" was originally used as a generic term for traveling through the snow on two long boards, the sport has evolved dr ... Read More

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Steve Johnson