Heather Sackett grew up in the six million acre wilderness of upstate New York’s Adirondack Park. She traded lakes for the Rocky Mountains and has been a Colorado girl for 13 years now. She spends her summers running up the San Juan Mountains and winters snowboarding down them.

Heather is the winner of the 2018 Center of the American West Thompson Award for Western Writing in the memoir category.

She works as a water reporter for Aspen Journalism.

She is also the author of Colorado Mountain Club guidebook “The Best Crested Butte Hikes”.

She is pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A print journalist by trade, Heather has worked for The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, The Lake Placid News, The Littleton Independent, The Denver Post and most recently, The Telluride Daily Planet. She also spent a summer working for Telluride’s legendary and funky, non-commercial, non-underwritten KOTO Community Radio News. After a decade as an ink-stained wretch, she is now a Colorado-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Aspen JournalismTrail Runner Magazine,  UltraRunning MagazineAdventure Journal, Wild BoundsTelluride Magazine, Telluride Style and The Watch.


Follow her here, as well as on Twitter: @heather_sackett and Instagram: @h_sackett.