VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Brad Wetzler

Brad Wetzler is a New Mexico-based writer and a former senior editor at Outside. Wetzler originated the idea to send Outside editor-at-large Jon Krakauer on his 1996 expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, the disastrous culmination of which spawned Krakauer's best-selling book, Into Thin Air. His story "Is Just Like Amerika!," about Bohemian trekkers in Eastern Europe, was selected for the 2001 edition of The Best American Travel Writing.