About

About Us

My Open Country started out as a hobby website, but it quickly became a fast-growing campaign to try and get more people excited about the outdoors and wilderness. 

We believe life wasn’t meant to be lived behind a computer screen so we’ve pulled together as much information as we can into one site, so you can spend less time planning and more time doing.

Improve your wilderness adventures with our in-depth articles on hiking and backpacking skills, inspirational guides and awesome gear.  

Current Writers & Contributors

Kieran James Cunningham is a climber, mountaineer and writer based in the Italian Alps. He’s climbed a handful of 6000ers in the Himalayas, 4000ers in the Alps and loves nothing more than a good long-distance wander in the wilderness. He climbs when he should be writing, writes when he should be sleeping, has fun always

Kieran James Cunningham
Contributing Writer

Katrine grew up the complete city girl, but all that changed when Katrine & Brian met. Quickly picking up a passion for hiking, backpacking and all things outdoorsy, you can’t stop Kat these days.

Katrine Verwohlt
Contributing Writer

Brian has been an avid hiker and backpacker since he was a small kid, often being taken out into the wilderness on trips with his father. His dad knew everything about nature and the wilderness (or at least that’s how it seemed to a ten year old Brian). After high school, he went to university to read for both a BS and MS in Geology (primarily so he could spend his time outside rather than in a classroom).

Brian Connelly
Contributing Writer

Former Writers & Contributors

In addition to his role as an outdoor adventure guide, Chris Olson seeks to share his passion for, and experience in, the great outdoors through writing and photography. He has backpacked, hiked, climbed, kayaked, biked, and skied throughout much of the eastern United States, as well as iconic locations such as Zion National Park, Newfoundland, and Puerto Rico. His passion for fresh air, and beautiful places, reminds us all of the simple joys to be had from spending time outside!

Chris Olsen
Writer Emeritus

Matt was reared by the bear and the bobcat and the coyote of rural Pennsylvania. For the moment he lives in Philadelphia and is a gardener and freelance writer by trade. Matt’s free time is devoted to traipsing through forests, angling in creeks, and hunting for rare plants and mushrooms. He’s got a soft spot for reading Steinbeck while in the outdoors and is quickly becoming a die-hard hammock camper. Matt is fueled almost entirely by beer and hot sauce.

Matt Suwak
Writer Emeritus

Knowing from experience how difficult it can be to try and start something new, we set up My Open Country as a means for anyone to quickly and easily garner the information they need to make quality informed decisions and choices.

We hope you enjoy My Open Country and feel free to contact us.