Mike Kessler

Mike Kessler

Mike Kessler is a Los Angeles journalist who has twice been named as as a finalist for the National Magazine Award (2008, Public Interest; 2012, Reporting) and has won or been nominated for several awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the Western Publishing Association.


Shell wars

Insane in the Membrane

The iconic brand Gore-Tex is under siege from newcomers who want a piece of the billion-dollar market for waterproof-breathable fabrics. The battle is both wonky and intense, complete with arcane...


The Giving Trip

Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy is the latest outfitter to specialize in "voluntourism," that sometimes contrived marriage of far-flung travel and community service. MIKE KESSLER checked...

Last Resort

For almost 70 years, former ski patroller and local legend Jim Blanning rode Aspen’s evolution from broken mining outpost to chic mountain playground. But when his hometown spit him out, he came...

The Believer

Ryan Hall has been touted as the savior of American distance running since 2007. But in 2008, after winning the U.S. Olympic trial marathon, Hall managed only 10th place as the second best American...

Denver, Colorado

Breaking with Convention

The DNC horde has left and Denver is its old relaxed self again. Use it as your launchpad for a weekend in Grand County.

Wish You Were Here

A much-traveled novelist and adventurer issues a challenge to seek out the wildest places imaginable.