Kassondra Cloos is a freelance journalist in Boulder, Colorado. Her writing has also been published by Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Industry Association, The New York Times, Travel Channel, the REI Co-op Journal, and National Park Trips Media, among other publications. Previously, Cloos was the associate editor of SNEWS, the outdoor industry's source for trade news, and a crime, court, and public safety reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @KassondraCloos.
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