Lauren Steele is a Midwestern farm girl turned migrant. Throw in a love for fitness with sense of adventure and a tendency to tell tales, and you’ve got yourself a writer who will run to the top of a mountain to get the story. That’s Lauren. Her body of work includes stories about everything –
from the history of knife makers living in Brooklyn to a guide on pooping in the woods. After leaving the family farm to attend the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she has rambled across the country reporting, from Santa Fe to Manhattan. And her love for running has come in handy while putting in those miles (FYI, her favorite race distance happens to be 50K).

She began her career writing and editing at publications such as Outside, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine. Just like an ultramarathon or a mountain summit is comprised of many steps, she lives knowing that life is comprised of many stories. Chasing those stories from the Atacama Desert in Chile to the Mont Blanc Massif geared her up for her latest gig as Columbia Sportswear’s Director of Toughness.

Directors of Toughness: Patagonia – You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get [Sponsor Content]

This is the last of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed. Patagonia slapped me across the face. However, the aggressors in this situation were the elements. A storm during…

Directors of Toughness: Costa Rica – How to Get to Where We’re Going [SPONSOR CONTENT]

This is the second of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed. Our guide, Vernie, specifically told me, “When I say ‘forward’, paddle ahead and don’t stop, no matter what…

Directors of Toughness: Alaska – Turn Going Into Growing [SPONSOR CONTENT]

This is the first of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed. Before we got back to camp after a day spent ice climbing on the Knik Glacier…