Molly is a graduate of Yale University and U.C. Berkeley. She has attended writers’ conferences at Bread Loaf in Vermont, Centrum in Washington and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She served as a communications manager for the Wyoming Outdoor Council and the National Outdoor Leadership School, where she worked as an instructor for more than 15 years. She has written 10 books on outdoor skills and is currently at work on an eleventh book, on winter camping. She is a copy editor and part-time columnist at the Jackson Hole News&Guide, serves on the Victor (Idaho) City Council and tries to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible.
Editor’s note: This commentary was first published at Writers on the Range. When I was leading groups into the Wyoming wilderness in the 1990s, once we left a trailhead we were on our own. If somebody got hurt, we could walk or carry the injured person out or send runners to the road to call […]