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Freelance writer in the outdoor industry.

About Me

Hayden Carpenter is a climber and a writer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and gear.

Previously an editor at Rock and Ice magazine, he abandoned desk life and a steady paycheck in 2017 to pursue a career as a freelancer and to chase stories wherever they may lead. His work has appeared in Outside, Rock and Ice, and Rock & Snow (Japan), among other publications.

He edited "Climb Injury-Free: A Proven Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation System" by Dr. Jared Vagy—an Amazon best-seller for books on rock climbing.

When he's not writing, you can find him climbing—or eagerly searching for elusive Southwestern ice.

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My Writing Samples

On Thin Ice in Ouray - Outside Magazine

Can the world's most iconic ice park survive a changing West?


First Look: Petzl’s New Ergonomic, Nomic and Quark Ice Tools

Petzl has been working on these three tools—one entirely new, the other two updated versions of existing tools—for years now. Available fall 2018!


Adam Ondra – Silence (9c/5.15d), a.k.a. “Project Hard”, Interview

Adam Ondra on what it takes to send “Project Hard,” the first 9c (5.15d) in the world.


Alex Honnold – El Cap Free Solo Interview

On June 3, Alex Honnold completed the first-ever free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite—one of the greatest climbing feats in history. Rock and Ice caught up with Honnold to learn more about his motivation for the climb, how it went, and what’s next.


Jimmy Chin’s Nine Tips for Adventure Photography

The filmmaker and photographer shares his wisdom on how to capture a great shot


What Bear Grylls Can't Travel Without

The star of 'Man vs. Wild' only needs a knife in the bush, but how does he survive everyday travel?


Our Next National Park Could Be in New Mexico

It's taken half a decade to iron out the logistics, and while White Sands National Monument has as good a chance as ever at becoming a park, it's not guaranteed.


What 'The Dawn Wall' Left Out

The long-awaited documentary showcases the world's hardest rock climb and the life of visionary Tommy Caldwell, but it goes only so far into the human element


Knee Pain, Explained—and 7 Exercises for Relief

Knee pain plagues athletes of all stripes. Here's how the experts handle it.



Online Editor

Managed all online and social media content for rockandice.com, including writing daily news.

Company: Rock and Ice magazine

I worked there from 1/2015 until 11/2017

Freelance Writer

I cover rock and ice climbing, adventure, travel, gear, public lands and the general outdoors.

Company: Hayden Carpenter

I worked there from 11/2017 until now

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