Alec Sills-Trausch

Alec is a writer, storyteller, content creator, and landscape photographer with a zeal for pushing boundaries in the wild. He enjoys travel, hiking, backpacking, and visiting remote places, allowing him to photograph locations from which the rest of the world shies away. In addition, Alec loves to write about his travels and craft articles that help educate and inspire others to find their joy in nature.

Alec has always been outdoorsy as he grew up hiking and visiting our unique National Parks with his parents and brother. But his connection to nature and our wild places took on a greater meaning in the winter of 2018/2019 when he was diagnosed with cancer, and those opportunities to explore were thrown into flux. Since then, he decided to start living his values and passions, turning a hobby of photography and writing into a career. By embracing each moment and finding new places to adventure, he hopes to show off the beauty of planet Earth and bring more people into the environmental movement to protect our greatest treasures.

He’s a two-time cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient. Alec currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend. He spends weekends hiking, playing tennis, and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Alec has appeared on Yahoo!, Weath of Geeks, SF Examiner, Flipboard, CNN, MSN, Adorama, SunnySports, Backpacker, InsideHook, and Camping World. He’s also had partnerships with some of the biggest names in the outdoor space, including REI, Camelbak, Gerber Gear, Lifestraw, Columbia, and Salomon.

He’s also worked with some amazing tourism boards such as Travel Nevada, Glacier Country, North Dakota Tourism, Lincoln City, Visit Bend, Tourism Ireland, Visit California, and Travel Texas.

  • Job Title: Founder of Explore with Alec
  • Competency: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips
  • Languages: English
  • Alumni: University of Arizona
  • Member of: Outdoor Writers Association of America, 1% for the Planet, Adventure Travel and Trade Association, TravMedia
  • Employer: Explore with Alec