Author Profile

James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills is a freelance journalist who specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving, and practices of sustainable living. He has worked in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer, and photographer. He is the author of the new book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.

James has written for the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine, and Wisconsin Trails. He is currently a contributor to several outdoor-focused print and online publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, the, Park Advocate, High Country News and Land & People.

James lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Shamane Mills and two lovable dogs, Reba and Bella.

"His address was fantastic and I really appreciated how he interacted with the audience."
-- , Wisconsin Assoc for Environmental ED

""The combination of movie and address was a great set up.""
-- , Wilderness Education Association-PA

"The highlight for us was, students communicating that their lives have changed/grown because of their attendance at this conference."
-- , National Conference on Student Leadership - WI

"The most interesting moment was the Q&A after the presentation, the students had great questions about how to help with inclusion in the outdoors and James had great ideas for them."
-- , Michigan Department of Natural Resources

For more about James and his works, go to

Reviews of The Adventure Gap

An important new book about a crucial challenge facing the conservation movement.
-- Spencer Black, VP, Sierra Club

Videos featuring James Edward Mills

An American Ascent Film Trailer

Crenchaw Excerpt

James Edward Mills - TEDx Madison