Charlotte Austin is a writer, editor, and mountain guide living in Seattle, Washington. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Saint Andrews (in Scotland) and at the University of Washington (in Seattle), where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies, then attended the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in creative nonfiction.
When she's not writing, Charlotte works for International Mountain Guides, where she lead climbing, mountaineering, and hiking expeditions around the world. She's guided in North and South America, Europe, Alaska, Patagonia, and Nepal. She is a Wilderness EMT, a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer, and holds Level 2 certification with the American Institute for Avalanche Education and Training (AIARE). She also recently became an extra class ham radio operator.
Charlotte's work has included a feature story about why there aren't more women in alpinism, a study of how understanding the science of gender can be a helpful tool in the mountains, and an essay about how debriefing after hard experiences could save your life. In 2017, she spoke at the Cody Ice Festival, led an expedition to climb Denali, guided a team of climbers to the top of Mount Elbrus (18,510'), and summited the tallest mountain in Mongolia. She also lectures and is an accomplished public speaker.
She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she occasionally shuffles around Greenlake with Huckleberry, her Lab-Great Dane mix. They both hate running, but do it anyway.