“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
Adventurer. Speaker. Joy miner. These words have come to define Brooke's life- first growing up in rural Michigan and then searching for wilderness and mountains in Alaska where she has spent most of her adult life. Along the way she became a filmmaker, author, outdoor educator, and guide, eventually ending up on three TV shows: Yukon River Run on the National Geographic Channel, and ALONE Season 4 & Season 5 on the History Channel.
With only 10 items, Brooke and her husband Dave survived 49 days alone on Vancouver Island in B.C., Canada, and Brooke survived 28 days alone in Mongolia. She has lots of stories to tell!
Brooke is the author of two books: The Frozen Toe Guide to Real Alaskan Livin' (Sasquatch Books, 2007) and Alaska Did This to Me (Self-published, 2012). She wrote a humor column for the Fairbanks Daily News Miner in Alaska for 6 years, and was a judge for the 2010 world-wide Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Competition.
Her self-filmed and produced documentary, The Mount Marathon Experience, a film about Alaska's favorite extreme mountain race and the people who run it, won a $5,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska and aired on AlaskaOne TV. Brooke's YouTube channel, Girl in the Woods, has over 48,000 subscribers and continues to grow. Her channel focuses on outdoor adventure and survival and hopes to inspire folks to "get outside and get happy".
She has taught thousands of students and adults outdoor education and survival skills. She teaches in the field, at events, and in public school classrooms. She has developed and facilitated recreational programming for the Girl Scouts, US Army as a civilian, US Forest Service, Michigan State University Cooperative Extension, non-profits, and private resorts.
Through speaking, Brooke shares inspiring stories of success and adventure and reveals the secrets of how to tap into your full potential with purpose and joy. While teaching in the field, she puts participants in charge of their own learning alongside her instruction, ensuring everyone achieves their goals and experiences fully the joy of outdoor skills on their own terms.
Brooke holds a bachelor's degree in Outdoor/Adventure Recreation Management from Ferris State University.