Arthur McMahon

Copy Editor, Copywriter, Ghostwriter, Graphic Designer, Technical Writer, Writer

Avid backpacker interested in [ outdoor gear|off-road vehicles|tech gadgets|web design|digital marketing ] .

SPECIALIZING IN:
*Gear Reviews & In-Depth Breakdowns
*Outdoor Experiences & Lifestyle
*Product Copywriting
*Promotional Advertising Copy
*Blog Articles
*Digital Marketing
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Hey there! Pleased to digitally meet you.

I’m Arthur McMahon, an avid outdoor explorer who has crushed thousands of trail miles and has written articles for established outdoor organizations such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, and Backpackers.com.

Growing up in New Jersey’s urban sprawl underneath the long-reaching shadow of New York City I had not so much as dreamed of becoming a bearded adventure seeker until my family moved to Oregon. I earned my BS in Advertising from the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon, got to know the state a bit, and then took off with my soon-to-be wife on an urban adventure. We relocated to Boston, then spent a few years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and at the end of it all we made out way back home to Oregon.

But not before thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Yeah, we walked home, and then some. This 2,650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada sparked a passion for the outdoors that burns within me to this day. I published a well-received book about the experience.

Since that thru-hike I have spent vacations, weekends, and every chance I get hiking into the mountains to find new stories to tell. Though the beautiful scenery is definitely full of wonders to behold, I find that it is the people who make the outdoors worth exploring. There’s a kindness out on the trail that I rarely see anywhere else. Everyone out there has a sparkle in their eye​ and an open heart.

It’s these people I love to write about, to write to, to write for.

My writing often blends stories, experiences, and technical details to construct a cohesive, comprehensive narrative. Short copy for advertisements and other promotional materials is packed with passion. I want your readers to get excited about the outdoors, about your message, and your products. Let’s start a discussion and work on something great together.
Categories
Content Types
Article, Blog Post, Ebook, Social Copy, Website Copy, Interview, Product Description, Case Study, Buyers Guide, Ad/Promotional Copy, Guide, Page Layout, General Photo, Candid Photography, General Video, Landing Page, Checklist
More Information
University of Oregon, Advertising
Eugene, OR, USA|English
Publications
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Buying Guides

3
territorysupply.com
Buyers Guide
Budget Hiker: Your Guide to Cheap Backpacking Gear

Inexpensive alternatives to top-of-the-line gear and dirt cheap options for those who want to get creative.

May, 4 2019
backpackers.com
Buyers Guide
The Best Rain Ponchos of 2019

Best of Rain Ponchos buying guide with detailed reviews of items and buyer considerations.

Travel Guides

5
territorysupply.com
Article
5 Spectacular Backpacking Destinations in Colorado • Territory Supply

A description of outdoor areas to explore in Colorado.

April, 28 2019
territorysupply.com
Ultimate Guide to the Best Camping Near Bend, Oregon
April, 20 2019

Product Reviews

21
backpackers.com
Article
Kelty Callisto 30 Review 2018

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

backpackers.com
Article
Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Review 2018

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 9 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Brooks Cascadia 12 Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 7 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Tarptent Double Rainbow Review 2018

I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com. By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative.

backpackers.com
Article
Oboz Sawtooth Mid Waterproof Review 2018

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 8 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Marmot Reactor Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 7 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Platypus SoftBottle Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

backpackers.com
Article
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Review 2018

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 9 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Coleman Triton Stove Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

backpackers.com
Article
REI Magma 10 Review 2018

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 9 2018
backpackers.com
Article
Glaceau Smartwater Bottle Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 10 2018
backpackers.com
Article
The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip Review

I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com. By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative.

October, 10 2018
backpackers.com
Article
REI Trekker Self-Inflating Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 8 2018
backpackers.com
Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

backpackers.com
Article
The North Face Dryzzle Jacket Review

I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com. By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative.

October, 7 2018

Articles

6
foodforthesole.co
Blog Post
What Are My Public Lands?

Descriptions of the different public lands of America. How they were created and what they're used for.

December, 17 2018
pcta.org
Blog Post
The case for being a trail mentor

A breakdown of how and why you should be a trail mentor. I asked several long-distance backpackers how they were introduced to hiking, had them share their stories, and then tied it together in a way that inspires others to introduce their friends and family members to the great outdoors.

April, 13 2016
backpackers.com
Article
Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Jacket Review

By combining my personal experience with thorough research I was able to produce an article ripe with technical product detail coupled with a compelling narrative. I tested and reviewed this piece of outdoor gear for Backpackers.com.

October, 7 2018
pcttrailsidereader.com
Blog Post
Sierra Breakdown

Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail left its mark on my wife and I in more ways than one. In the glory of the Sierra Nevada we experienced our breaking points and almost quit the trail. This is a blog post highlighting this part of our story.

November, 10 2015

Books

4

Blog Posts

2
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