John All is a Research Professor of mountain environmental science at Western Washington University. His research around the world has been funded by groups that include the National Science Foundation, USAID, the CDC, and the Fulbright Foundation. He is executive director of the American Climber Science Program, an organization of citizen scientists who have the ability to climb the world's tallest peaks and use these expeditions to gather crucial data on the changing climate. John is a Lifetime Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York City, a certified paraglider pilot, rescue diver, a rugby and volleyball champion, and he spent several years with search and rescue teams prior to becoming a professor.
John Balzar is the author of Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race,” named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. His magazine work has been collected in anthologies including Wild Stories: The Best of Men's Journal.” A veteran newspaper journalist, he was awarded the Scripps-Howard Ernie Pyle Prize for human-interest storytelling. He has sailed across the Pacific, worked as a river boatman in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and holds NOAA Science Diver certification.