Writers & Contributors

Our Featured Writers and Contributors

Do you love sharing your outdoor tips and or adventures?

Sierra Rec Magazine loves guest posts, but we are huge fans of regular contributors. 

Become a featured contributor in our next edition, or send us an email for more information at sierrarecinfo@gmail.com

Charlie Pankey

Publisher and Owner of Sierra Rec Magazine.

Charlie has hikers hundreds of miles of trails in the Sierra Nevada.  Traveling as far North as Lassen Volcanic National Park and as far South as Bishop and the Eastern Sierra.

Charlie Volunteers with Desolation Wilderness Rangers and loves to hike and backpack in Yosemite National Park whenever he can.  Alpine county and Desolation Wilderness and Ebbett’s Pass are his normal stomping grounds.

Charlie Loves to share with others where to go on a great day hike experience.

Tom Trelenberg

Friend and trail mate of Sierra Rec Magazine.

Tom, holds a doctorate in Physics and has served his country in the military.  He grew up in the Carson Valley and loves to get out and hike. We met Tom on a solo hike to Margaret Lake 6 years ago and Tom and Charlie have hiked all over the sierra since.

Tom loves to ask questions on the trail and when he writes for the magazine, his articles have all the details and wonder in them of a first-time hiker on that trial.

Casey❤️Katy 🏕 🏔 🌲
Backpacking and Hiking in the West
All photos taken with our 📱
🏡 based in NorCal, with Idaho roots
Kenneth Reaves
Fishing Expert / Editor-in-Chief o Perfect Captain
I have been a professional angler for the past 2 ½ decades, and spend every available moment on the water.

Jordan Fuller
Golf Expert / Editor-in-Chief
Golf Influence

My goal is to make you the best golfer you can ever be. Let’s get started!

Craig Cooper

A native Texan, I spent a large majority of my childhood in the outdoors and my admiration for nature and landscapes developed at an early age. I quickly found myself forming a profound connection to our planet and nature.

As I entered my teenage years I developed a love for photography, photographing local events for my school yearbook and newspaper publications, and that passion has only grown stronger since.

Now based in the Lake Tahoe area in Northern California, I continue to strive to provide high quality imagery and artwork to my customers, highlighting the natural beauty and diversity that our planet has to offer. I am grateful to have the adventures with my loyal readers, bringing you along my journey to explore the world.

Craig’s Personal Blog

Intagram : @_craig_cooper_

Rockin Randall Twitchell

Liahona Warrior Arts -T5 Boxing /Jun Fan JKD Instructor-Bouncer @morningmangreens @frogfuelactual @navy_seal_danny_dietz_fdn @frogmanout @zakkwyldebls


Vanessa Milsner

“An outdoor enthusiast, health business owner & hospitality aficionado, I have a great passion for keeping people active in what they love doing most. When I am not training 1:1 clients or writing for Sierra Rec, you can find me soaking up the sun whether it be trekking on a dirt trail or through the snow. I love fall and winter in the Sierras, but I would be lying if I said Lake Tahoe wasn’t my favorite year around! When I am not traveling, I am nestled at home in Reno, NV with my husband Nick, living up the mountain life!”

Milsner Fitness
Instagram: @milsnerfitness/

William J. “Bill” Finch is a Lecturer of Leisure Studies Emeritus faculty who retired from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sacramento State University (CSUS) in 2004. He taught classes in Outdoor Recreation Education, Adventure Recreation Programming, Commercial Recreation, and Lifestyle Development.

After retirement, he continued to teach at the CSUS College of Continuing Education for two years. There his curriculum focused on enabling older adults to enjoy hiking the Sierra Nevada with an emphasis on Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.

For the past sixteen summer seasons since retirement, he has been a Desolation Wilderness Volunteer for the U.S. Forest Service. As a volunteer, he is an ambassador for the Forest Service providing information to hikers along the trails in the wilderness backcountry and assistance as may be needed. He has participated in Wilderness Outreach presentations sponsored by the Forest Service and conducted research for wilderness related projects.

He also presented community service Power Point lectures on the wonders of Desolation Wilderness through the years. Prior to his career in teaching, Bill served in two branches of the armed forces. He was an Army paratrooper in the 82 nd Airborne Division for three years before attending college. After which, he served as a Naval Flight Officer in ASW Patrol Aviation with assignments in the Western Pacific from Viet Nam to the Arctic Circle.

Today his emphasis continues to be on enjoyably experiencing the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and helping others do the same through volunteering and writing.

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