Paul Gerald's writing career began in the sports department of the much-missed Dallas Times Herald. He later worked for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer before setting out as a freelancer. His work has appeared in Northwest Airlines' WorldTraveler, Portland's Willamette Week, Dish Magazine, Nike.com, Weissmann Travel Reports, and numerous newspapers around the country.
Gerald's hiking life started at age 12, when he went to a summer camp in the Absoraka Mountains of Wyoming. He became a trail and road hound at that point, and his hometown of Memphis never looked the same. He's hiked in the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Montana, as well as in Appalachia, Alaska, Nepal, and Argentina. In 1996 he moved to Portland to be close to the ocean, the mountains, and the big trees.
Gerald is co-author of The Best in Tent Camping: Oregon (Menasha Ridge Press), and the author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press) and Breakfast in Bridgetown (Bacon and Eggs Press).