Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside. Two of her Outside stories have been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing. She splits her time between the lakes of northern Minnesota and the mountains of the Southwest.
Last July, then 28-year-old Alexandera Houchin won the women's Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile race from Canada to Mexico over the Continental Divide. Next on her list? The new Dirty Kanza XL, a 350-mile unsupported race across Kansas.