Tattooed, bearded, and clutching a weathered passport, Sam Rains isn’t your typical sight for sore eyes. After decades of working around the world in the adventure industry, a life-threatening snowboard accident both introduced him to his ski patrol fiancé and grounded him to write. Still an avid adventurer based in Tahoe, he focuses his nonfiction on first-hand accounts. He doesn’t just write the stories he tells, he lives them.