About Linda

Linda Magoon is an author, environmentalist, and outdoor enthusiast. She reconnected with her love of hiking after ending a difficult marriage. Shortly thereafter, at the
age of 55, she set out to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks. With the help of a therapist, a life coach, and the highest summits in the White Mountains, Magoon regained her independence and found her voice. Now she writes and empowers others on the mental and physical health benefits of the outdoors.

Magoon earned her degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho before moving
to New Hampshire, where she spent over two decades as an environmentalist. She
currently works with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in
compliance and enforcement, protecting the state’s natural resources.

Live Free and Hike: Finding Grace, Healing, and Self-Discovery Atop New Hampshire’s 48 White Mountain Summits is Magoon’s first book. Her essays on the outdoors
have been published in Mountain Passages, The Merrimack Valley Voice, and in Smoky
Quartz, New Hampshire’s state literary magazine. She is a member of the Appalachian
Mountain Club, the AMC’s 4000-Footer Club of the White Mountains, and the NH
Writers’ Project. She also is a founding member of the bluegrass band, Bow Junction.

Growing up in rural Massachusetts, Magoon developed an appreciation for nature
from her parents. Her father taught her to hunt and fish while her mother encouraged
her to play outdoors for hours. Today, Magoon is an avid writer who spends her free
time hiking, kayaking, and skiing.