Erika Simms hiking through willows in Crested Butte



Erika Simms was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Her parents, both outdoor adventurers, fostered her love for nature from a young age. Defining memories from growing up in Alaska include climbing in the Chugach Mountains, tent camping in bear country, and meeting Smokey the Bear at Portage Glacier. After a stopover in Washington, Erika moved to Colorado in 2010 and fell in love with the state. Thirteen years later she was inspired to create Colorado Culture Magazine. When Erika isn’t writing stories about colorful Colorado, she can be found on the trails and slopes.

Mark Walter in Vail, Colorado



Mark Walter was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. A lifelong adventure seeker, Mark spends as much time outdoors as possible. He’s summited numerous 14ers across Colorado, the highest peaks of Oregon and Washington, and climbed in the Andes Mountains. He’s explored the Colorado wilderness on mountain bike and foot, and rafted the state’s scenic rivers. Fortunate to call both the mountains and city home, Mark loves skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and enjoying life in the high country.