Mary Beth Skylis has been lucky enough to begin her life of outdoor pursuits on long trails, hiking the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail, the 458-mile Colorado Trail, and part of the Annapurna Circuit. She has feasted her eyes on the snowy Himalayan peaks, watched aggressive rhinos contemplating a charge, and observed Costa Rican monkeys leaping through the air. Skylis has been on the sharp end, wondering why we put ourselves on the edge of our comfort zone only to launch ourselves into the abyss time and time again. Yet, she doesn’t think she’ll ever return to the comfort of routine. When she isn’t adventuring, she can be found collecting personal narratives and adventure stories for those who need their outdoor fix. Her work can be found in Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Yoga Journal. When she isn’t telling stories, she can commonly be found on an airplane to nowhere or in the steep and jagged mountains.