Annie is Dave’s life partner and a vital contributor to CleverHiker’s success, helping with content creation, photography, and day-to-day operations.
Annie grew up in Wisconsin, where her family instilled a deep appreciation for spending time outdoors. In 2010, Dave introduced her to backpacking with a trip to the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington, and it quickly became a passion. Since then Annie has explored many corners of the globe, including the Himalayas, Andes, and Antarctica, but the misty Pacific Northwest remains home. With her keen interest in gear and a focus on maximizing comfort while minimizing weight, Annie has been instrumental in the continued success and growth of CleverHiker.
Before joining CleverHiker full-time in 2017, Annie spent a decade teaching in Portland, Oregon. However, she was eager for a change and yearned to spend more time outdoors, making the move to CleverHiker a natural choice. With her enthusiasm for nature and an insatiable appetite for adventure travel, you’ll usually find Annie planning the next epic CleverHiker trip.