About Us

Stephanie Long – Camping, Hiking, & Backpacking Gear Tester

Stephanie tests out the GSI Outdoors Infinity Backpacker Mug on a cold morning in the backcountry for her guide to the best backpacking mugs.

Stephanie grew up in Pennsylvania and is a life-long adventurer. She has taught English in Taiwan; backpacked through Asia, Europe, and South America; worked as a North American tour guide; mentored at-risk teenagers in Utah’s wilderness; and worked as an outdoor educator for elementary school students. From her current base camp in Salt Lake City, Utah, Stephanie spends most of her free time backpacking, hiking, climbing, and exploring the mountains and deserts of the American West.

Willis Kuelthau – Editor & Climbing Gear Tester

Willis puts the Metolius Contact to the test for his guide to the best hangboards.

Willis is the rare local who was actually born in Boulder, Colorado, and he has been climbing mountains since he was small. He appreciates all styles of climbing and enjoys skiing and running on the side. Favorite climbing spots include Rocky Mountain National Park, Wild Iris, and Tuolumne. He attended college in Massachusetts and currently resides in Philadelphia. He loves cats, green tea, and endurance climbs. You can check out his adventures on his Instagram account.

Alex Beale – Owner & Editor-in-Chief

Alex field tests the Anker PowerCore II 10000 for his guide to the best portable battery packs for camping and backpacking.

Alex is the owner and editor of 99Boulders and has been testing and reviewing outdoor gear since 2015. He just got back into climbing after wrist surgery, so when he’s not working on the site he can be found at the climbing gym training hard to regain all the strength he lost while injured.

Contributors

Alex Gulsby – Camping, Hiking, & Backpacking Gear Tester

Alex performs a “Cotton Ball Test” with the UST Strikeforce for her guide to the best fire starters.

Alex is a contributing author and gear tester for 99Boulders and has been pushing the limits of what gear can do for the past six years. As a proud weekend warrior, she’s on a mission to backpack, ski, kayak or sail in all the choicest spots across America. You could probably convince her to hike up pretty much anything for a good summit beer. You can read more of her writing on her blog, Wander Writings.

Danaan Markey – Climbing Contributor

Raised in the mountains of Ireland, Danaan is a man on a mission to combine his two favourite things — adventure and bouldering. Danaan lived in Sheffield, UK (one of the largest climbing hubs in Europe) for 4 years where he worked as a coach alongside many of the GB Climbing Team coaches. This means he knows a thing or two about training. He’s now off on worldwide wander and you can follow his adventures on his Instagram.