About the author

Linda Kulig Magoon

Linda Magoon is an author, environmentalist, and outdoor enthusiast. She reconnected with her love of hiking after ending a difficult marriage. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 55, she set out to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks. With the help of a therapist, a life coach, and the highest summits in the White Mountains, Magoon regained her independence and found her voice. Now she writes and empowers others on the mental and physical health benefits of the outdoors.<br>&nbsp;<br>Magoon earned her degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho before moving to New Hampshire, where she spent over two decades as an environmentalist. She currently works with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in compliance and enforcement, protecting the state’s natural resources.<br>&nbsp;<br><em>Live Free and Hike: Finding Grace, Healing, and Self-Discovery Atop New Hampshire’s 48 White Mountain Summits</em> is Magoon’s first book. Her essays on the outdoors have been published in <em>Mountain Passages</em>, <em>The Merrimack Valley Voice,</em> and in <em>Smoky Quartz</em>, New Hampshire’s state literary magazine. She is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the AMC’s 4000-Footer Club of the White Mountains, and the NH Writers’ Project. She also is a founding member of the bluegrass band, Bow Junction.<br>&nbsp;<br>Growing up in rural Massachusetts, Magoon developed an appreciation for nature from her parents. Her father taught her to hunt and fish while her mother encouraged her to play outdoors for hours. Today, Magoon is an avid writer who spends her free time hiking, kayaking, and skiing. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at LindaMagoon.com.