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“Laurel Kallenbach has a way of painting the picture for readers, bringing them into her stories and making them feel like they’ve been part of an experience.”

— Jamie Martin
Editor in Chief,
Experience Life



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Home and Shelter Writing Samples

As the average American vacation shortens, more people want to know how to maximize both their free time outdoors and their enjoyment quotient. Many also want a fitness challenge.

Enter the outdoor adventure: dog-sledding, scuba diving, backpacking, back-country skiing. My articles on outdoor adventures have ranged from vision quests to solo excursions to eco-friendly water sports.


Experience Life coverAdrenaline Rush
Experience Life, April 2010

I delved into three thrill-a-minute outdoor adventures: kiteboarding, canyoneering and coasteering. (My coverage was strictly journalistic—I’m too wimpy to try these myself!) I first heard about coasteering on a trip to Wales, where the sport was invented. It combines rock scrambling, cliff jumping and swimming in rocky, coastal areas. Read Article >

Experience Life coverFear & Loathing in the Great Outdoors
Experience Life, October 2004

As the popularity of adrenaline-fueled adventures was rising, my article discussed the flip side: fear. I checked in with a sports psychologist and outdoor enthusiasts to see how they tackle their trepidations while heeding common-sense warnings about pushing too far into the danger zone. Read Article >

Colorado dude ranch articleHappy Trails
Experience Life, July/August 2003

Dude ranches are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, bond with horses and learn how to ride. Even novice horseback riders like me can get comfortable in the saddle within a week—and get a surprising amount of exercise in the process. Read Article >



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