John T. Seward
Storyteller, Climber, Veteran
I'm a journalist based out of Washington, D.C. and an avid rock climber, mountaineer, and cyclist. After I earned my bachelor's in Philosophy from the United States Military Academy in 2013, I spent eight years in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer, frequently working with international partners.
Much of my personal time is spent in the mountains and climbing crags. I lead a partner forces group on a mountaineering expedition up Mount Baker, with members of the Rajput Regiment of the Indian Army. I climbed my first "5.12" climbing route in Smith Rock, Oregon, the birthplace of American sport climbing. I lived out of a rented hatchback nearly a month in Red Rocks Canyon, Nevada. That experience forced me to question what I really wanted to be doing with my life. Mount Rainier in Washington, Shelf Road in Colorado, the impressive nature of Rocky Mountain National Park. My personal experiences in these beautiful places pushed me to focus on stories about the environment and share these wonderful communities with the broader public.
Spending so much time away from city centers, and being a bit of a research junkie, I consider myself an outdoor gear connoisseur, backcountry sous chef, erudite hippy, and a recovering beer snob. As I try to keep up with the elite athletes, I'm always finding more to learn about human fitness and its limits.
I want to help bring the experiences of outdoor and mountain sports here in the United States to a larger audience, helping to educate and engage the public not only about sports but the greater environmental conservation necessary to sustain them.