McKenzie Long hails from the Midwest, where there are no mountains, few boulders, and where her standard winter layering system consisted of wearing two pairs of jeans. Her first outdoor climb was in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, and shortly thereafter she learned to lead climb from strangers at the Red River Gorge. Since migrating West with the intention of climbing as much as possible, she has never looked back. During a year of living out of a truck in Mammoth Lakes (just north of Bishop—and yes, she had improved her layering system by then), she fell in love with the area’s warm winter bouldering. Before long she plunged deep into the guidebook world, and has now helped produce over 20 Wolverine titles and authored SuperTopo’s High Sierra Climbing, Second Edition.
McKenzie still lives in Mammoth, where she boulders, climbs, skis, and in her spare time, she runs her freelance graphic design business. Though her dad is in fact John Long, he is not THAT John Long.