Chuck Scott Contributing Writer

Chuck Scott will always be grateful to his two teenage sons and their high-adventure Boy Scout troop in Northern San Diego County for getting him back into the outdoors in a big way.

Excursions with the troop include multi-day backpacking trips in Alaska and Philmont Scout Ranch in Northeastern New Mexico, whitewater rafting on California’s Kern River, canyoneering in Zion National Park, a week-long canoe trip down the Colorado River, and numerous beginner backpacking trips in Southern California, with only a handful of meltdowns from first-timers who weren’t used to the rigors of carrying a pack.

When he’s not enjoying the outdoors, Chuck works as an editor and writer. Over the last 30 years, this career has taken him from Northern New England to Southern California.

He is looking forward one day to returning to a magical ridge-top campsite outside Denali National Park, with its downy soft moss, beavers swimming in the lake below and infinite views across the valley to the majesty of Mount McKinley peeking through the clouds.

Chuck's Favorite outdoor destinations

  • Yosemite, California
  • Havasu Falls, Arizona
  • Catalina Island, California
  • The White Mountains, New Hampshire
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Alaska