Marty Basch

Headshot of Marty Basch

Lives In

New Hampshire


  • Boston University

  • Marty writes about the active life from a dead-end New Hampshire dirt road.
  • Marty's written seven books about bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. He is a new contributor to TripSavvy.
  • Both an Explorers Club member and voting panel member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Marty gives entertaining presentations about his quirky bicycle travels like from Maine to Alaska, the Arctic Circle in Europe, and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Mexico.


A human-powered travel advocate, Marty’s legs have led to fascinating traveler’s tales. He once bicycled from Maine to Alaska—5,198 miles, 116 days, 10 flats, four tires, two chains, and one grizzly bear. On that trip he was rescued from an Alaskan grizzly by a couple who had been reading about his ride in the paper. 

He’s hiked in locales like Ireland, Chile, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, China, Egypt, Israel, and Georgia.

Marty’s eccentric background includes working as a freelance radio reporter in the Middle East for CBS News and as a Boston Globe correspondent covering skiing, sports, and travel. His work has appeared in a wealth of places like Outside Television, New Hampshire magazine, and a northern New England syndicated outdoor adventure column. He has also edited the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory’s magazine Windswept.

He’s won several writing awards from Society of American Travel Writers (the gold Lowell Thomas Award), Outdoor Writers Association of America, and North American Snowsports Journalists Association. He has written two books, and one of them was a National Outdoor Book Award honorable mention winner.

He’s also dabbled in stand-up comedy. 


Marty graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is also a certified New Hampshire Bike-Walk Alliance safety instructor.

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