Karen Chávez has lived in the mountains of western North Carolina since 2000. She is an
editor for the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, directing coverage of outdoor recreation
and environmental issues. Karen also maintains the Girls-Gone-Outdoors blog, and has published many
articles over the past decade on hiking, hiking with dogs, outdoor recreation, and outdoor sports.
Karen lived with her beautiful black Lab and Best Hikes With Dogs co-author, Shelby, until
she passed away in 2012.
Karen has a degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton
and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Montana. She is a former ranger
with the National Park Service. Karen is a breast cancer survivor, and encourages women of all
ages to do breast self-exams and learn about 3D mammography.
Website Content ©2008-2017 Karen Chávez