About

You could say I live a double life of sorts. My primary career ambitions rest within the dizzying but fascinating landscape of foreign affairs, and my other blog–dubbed “Notes on the Periphery“–reflects that passion. While international relations keeps me primarily grounded on the East coast, my heart is out West in the Rocky Mountains or canyon country–hiking, backpacking, sightseeing. “Live and Let Hike” focuses on that other life, dedicated to providing detailed trip reports, route information, and maps on various hikes, from Utah to Colorado to Virginia to the Slovenian Alps. Particular areas of focus include Capitol Reef National Park (where I worked for four months and hiked every trail/route) and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Rocky Mountain National Park in neighboring Colorado, and–now that I live in the nation’s capital–the DC-Maryland-Virginia area.

Have a question or suggestion? Feel free to email me at liveandlethike@gmail.com.

Happy trails!

The author, Andrew Wojtanik, at Mount Tamalpais State Park in California

The author, Andrew Wojtanik, at Mount Tamalpais State Park in California

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Wojtanik is a 27-year-old budding foreign affairs scholar and practitioner but also an avid hiker with an affinity for exploration. Growing up in Kansas and attending college at Georgetown University in DC, Andrew took a break from foreign affairs in 2014 to serve for four months as a seasonal volunteer at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Back in the day, he won the national and world “geography bees” and is the author of two books: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (2005) and The National Geographic Bee Ultimate Fact Book (2012). He also runs a foreign affairs blog devoted to extracting lessons from the world’s “forgotten conflicts” – you may find it here. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

7 Responses to About

  1. Pingback: Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park (photo collection) | Live and Let Hike

  2. Brian DesJardin says:

    Andrew, I want to thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this guide. Both the pictures and the commentary are totally captivating and the maps/directions are very helpful! As are I`m sure most of the other readers who have stumbled onto this wonderful site, I am preparing for a trip into the areas that you touch on here. There is just no way I will be able to hike even a quarter of your suggestions, but you have certainly helped me to nail down some of the most suitable for my interests in the time I do have, and I have to say that I have enjoyed reading your take even on the destinations that I will have to skip. Muchos thank yous!

    Brian D
    Reno, NV

    • Andrew Wojtanik says:

      Thanks for the kind note, Brian. Really glad my posts have been helpful. Best of luck with your travels!

  3. NateKat says:

    What a great resource to stumble upon as I start planning a spring trip to Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks. Thanks for all your effort!

  4. Ashley says:

    It sounds like we switched places! I moved from the DC area to Colorado. Colorado and Utah have been quite the treat to explore. Your blog is awesome, keep up the great work!

  5. cavedawg says:

    Andrew, I am a travel writer http://www.bystevecarr.com

    I am doing my second book entitled “Best of the Southwest – Canyonlands” and I would like to use your most excellent trip log for the Fremont River Trail in my book.

    I will, of course give you full credit and provide a link to your blog. Are you good with that?

    Cheers!

    STEVE CARR
    steve.carr567@gmail.com

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