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About the Author

Karen & Shelby 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 master’s 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.

Karen knows the outdoors Scene


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