Adam Sawyer is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, published author, guide, and public speaker based in the Northwest. Locally, he has written stories for the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Edible Seattle, Bend Magazine, and Portland Monthly. In addition to online writing for Men’s Journal, Travel Oregon, Eater, and Visit Tillamook Coast, his work has appeared in numerous print publications including Northwest Travel & Life, 1859, 1889, Alaska Beyond, AAA Via and Journey, Sip Northwest, Backpacker, British Columbia, and Canoe & Kayak Magazines.

He is the author of the guidebooks Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland,  25 Hikes on Oregon’s Tillamook Coast, Unique Eats and Eateries: Portland, Oregon, Best Easy Day Hikes Salem and Eugene, Urban Hikes Oregon. Adam also co-authored the guidebook Hiking Waterfalls in Washington.

As a Brand Ambassador, he has represented Terminal Gravity Brewing, KEEN Footwear, and Mountain House. Adam is also a regular guest on the Portland television show, Afternoon Live, as an outdoor and travel expert. As a professional guide, he has over a decade of experience giving culinary, cultural, and outdoors-themed tours for a number of respected companies and outfitters including Portland Walking Tours, Evergreen Escapes, Eat Adventure Food Tours, and UnCruise.

His weekly Substack newsletter, Collecting Sunsets, covers a broad set of topics including grief, addiction and recovery, travel, and the healing powers of nature.

Contact him at adam.n.sawyer@gmail.com



17 responses

5 07 2011
Outdoor parents, outdoor kids | KEEN HybridLife Radio

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9 04 2012
Ross Jonak

Have you been to the Cape Horn Trail yet? I went yesterday. Nice hike. Part of it is closed until July for peregrine falcon nesting season. Damn peregrine falcons always getting in my way. Someone spent a pretty penny on the Nancy Russell Overlook on the trail. Usually an overlook means a good view and don’t step too close to the edge, but this overlook has a full on stone structure.

9 04 2012

Hey Ross, how have you been? The Cape Horn trail is a gem! I had the privilege of re-routing some of the upper trail 2 years ago with the Trails Skills College. Before that is was essentially a volunteer maintained boot path. You should definitely come back when the lower trail is open. It makes for a great loop!

6 07 2012

This is inspiring for someone from cubicle land!

4 10 2012

Thanks katelynmurf…..I hope you get out someday 🙂

10 12 2012

I have nominated you for the Liebster award check out my post with all the rules and information! I just love what you are doing here!

22 01 2013
Rob Moses

Dude, that is awesome!!!! Sounds like you did the right thing and are really enjoying life! I am enjoying mine too, but you have take’n it to the extreme. I love it.

22 01 2013

Thanks Rob! I love your site, keep up the good work!

22 01 2013
Rob Moses

Thanks 🙂

22 01 2013
Travel Spirit

I went to Tour Directing school in San Fran over a year ago and can now lead people on trips around the world. I haven’t really sought out the jobs yet. Went on two big trips this year (Africa – 6 weeks) and (solo 6-week road trip through US). Anyway, we have a lot in common! Glad you’re happy!! ~Sherry~

5 02 2013

Thanks, Sherry!

5 02 2013

Hi Adam, Congratulations on the inspiring life change! James and I went through a similar thing a while ago and never looked back – it was SO liberating. Wishing you all the best, Terri

5 02 2013

Thanks folks 🙂

29 06 2013

Much love for P-town! I grew up spending every Christmas and Thanksgiving in Portland, and partying there pretty often in my later years (love the music festivals at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains). My grandparents and mom still live in Estacada and I have an aunts and uncles in Gresham and in the SE. Done a lot of exploring at oxbow park, Eagle Fern park, and every wide spot in the road along the Clackamas River (gorgeous!) I’m excited to be following your blog!

29 07 2013

Thanks so much!! I’m in love with your blog, by the way 🙂

3 03 2014

I hope you don’t mind my asking this, but would you be willing to answer some questions about working with Falcon Guides and related subjects? Any help or advice you might have would REALLY be appreciated! Thanks!

3 03 2014

Hi Bubbasuess! No trouble at all. If you email me at adam.n.sawyer@gmail.com with your questions, I’d be happy to answer to the best of my ability 🙂 Thanks!

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