Tom Stienstra
Explorer and best-selling author/columnist – 2003

Tom Stienstra has made it his life’s work to explore America — hiking, biking, fishing, boating and wildlife watching — searching for the best of the outdoors and writing about it. As a pilot and airplane owner with 1,500 hours, he covers vast areas quickly. This has led him across California and the western hemisphere, out exploring, hiking, boating, fishing, camping, biking and flying, searching for the best of the outdoors and portraying his images through stories, TV shows, radio features and photographs. His trips include hiking 25,000 miles, crossing the Sierra both south to north as well as east to west, climbing the West’s highest mountains, catching the world’s fightingest fish, and hundreds of expeditions across the hemisphere. He has explored more than 1 million miles of California.

Stienstra is best known as the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, which distributes his column across America. He was America’s first Back Country Sportsman of the Year, awarded in 2006, and the only two-time National Outdoor Writer of the year. He is the only outdoor writer in history to win first place national awards for newspaper feature, column, radio show and television show in the same year. His books have sold more than 1 million copies and his bestseller California Camping was twice listed as the No. 1 outdoor book in the world. He also writes, records and produces the radio feature, “Great Outdoors,” which appears on KCBS-74/San Francisco, Northern California’s No. 1-rated radio station, and is hired as an expert guest on CBS news.

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Green Butte Ridge

The Pacific Crest Trail

Fly Fishing

With a Jumping Sturgeon