Hello, my name is Greg Heil, and I put words together for a living.

I graduated with honors from the University of North Georgia with a BA in English with a Writing and Publication Emphasis and a Minor in Philosophy. I added those degrees to my completion (with honors) of the certificate program at Big Sky Bible Institute. Currently, I am employed as the Editor in Chief for Blue Spruce Ventures, LLC. The major websites falling under my purview are Singletracks.com and Tripleblaze.com.

As of the time of this writing (updated January 2017), I have ridden over 626 mountain bike trail systems (1,303+ trails) around the world, and have used and reviewed a multitude of different mountain bikes, mountain bike components, and pieces of mountain bike gear from almost every single brand imaginable. I've also skied 24 (and counting...) different ski resorts in 7 states and 1 province. To top it off, I've lived in 7 different cities in 4 different states since graduating high school... and my travels are only just beginning.

So What...

Yeah, I know you wanted to hear all of that preening poppycock. That's what people come to these pages to read, isn't it? Well, I'm also here to tell you that an English degree does not a writer make. Writing (and getting paid for it) makes a professional writer, and I have done plenty of that.

I've been writing and self-publishing since the 2nd or 3rd grade when I wrote and published my own "newspaper," but I began to take my writing career seriously in early 2010 when I started my own mountain bike blog, GregRidesTrails.com. I wrote seriously on Greg Rides Trails for about a year and a half, during which time I signed on as a blogger for Singletracks.com. In addition, I also completed an academic internship with Dirt Rag Magazine as a part of my BA. As they say, the rest is history.

I may not be the best writer, the best photographer, the best mountain biker, or the best skier that this world has ever known (in fact, I'm nowhere close), but I think I do all of the above reasonably well. With over seven years of experience in this business of writing online, over 12 years experience on the mountain bike, and somewhere north of 20 years of downhill skiing experience, I feel like I'm finally starting to get somewhere, which I'll admit is nice. But please, keep me from trying to extol my own virtues: go click over to something I've written and see what you think for yourself.

More About Me

If you want to connect with me outside of this blog, check out my public Facebook profile, or my Instagram account.

Finally, for another perspective, check out this video interview about my role as the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com:

About How to Use this Site

I write about several different topics on this website. To find posts on the various currently-active topics, look for the link list in the white space below the Greg Heil logo. If you're on a mobile device, these links can be tricky to find: look for the drop down menu hidden in the upper left hand corner of your screen, partially obscuring the "Home" link. Click there for the list of current topics, and then select one from the list.

Finally, across the top of the screen in black are links to mostly-static pages, like this one. These pages receive occasional updates to try to keep them up to speed.