Samantha Silverman

Assistant Gear Editor


  • Expertise and interests include backpacking, hiking, camping, and snow sports
  • Enjoys writing about outdoor gear innovations, backcountry safety, and wilderness medicine
  • Previous work experience: Copywriting for financial marketing, writer at Jackson Hole News and Guide, outdoor educator at Teton Science Schools and Colorado College Outdoor Education, editor-in-chief at The Colorado College Catalyst

About Me

Samantha Silverman is Outdoor Life’s assistant gear editor. She works on a team covering new and innovative outdoor gear, from guns and bows, to backpacking accessories and new apparel. She supposedly lives in Denver, Colorado, but good luck finding her there on the weekends. 


Silverman joined the Outdoor Life gear team in 2021 as the assistant gear editor. Since then, she’s covered new and cutting-edge outdoor gear, focusing her own articles on non-consumptive backcountry sports. She holds a Wilderness First Responder certification, and has five years experience as an outdoor educator to complement her growing career in writing. She is working on building guides around planning trips, safety precautions, and how to develop a dialed gear list for backcountry pursuits. You’ll find her exploring her home region of the Rockies to promote mountain preparedness.


Silverman graduated from Colorado College as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Linguistics (language concentration in Spanish).

I recently had coffee with a mountaineer who reminded me, when it comes to climbing a mountain, “people forget you have to do it twice [coming up and going down].” The mountains don’t move, and you have a lot to come home to. Keep your summit fever in check.

- Samantha Silverman

More from Samantha Silverman

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Two Backpackers Got Dressed for a Turkey Hunt

A green camping stove on a lake's beach

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Three women hiking in the mountains wearing the best hiking backpacks

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A large sign reading OR outside a snowy building

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Yellow/green hard shell ski jacket

Helly Hansen Verglas Infinity Shell Jacket Review

Four of the best backpacking stoves sitting on a rock with blue skies

The Best Backpacking Stoves: Find a Stove That Fits Your Adventure

A group of rescuers on a mountain standing over someone in a litter

Wilderness Medicine and First-Aid Courses Save Lives in the Backcountry