Maddie was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Kansas City. She fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. Swimming became a big part of her life. She was a competitive synchronized swimmer and then competed on the high school varsity swim team. After high school, Maddie began traveling as a way of dealing with anxiety and depression. Landing in Mammoth Lakes, California, she worked as a photographer on Mammoth Mountain. She fell in love with snowboarding and all the Eastern Sierras has to offer. After a full summer living the van life, she returned home ready to pursue a degree. To keep her mind healthy, she hikes with her dog Basil and is a new climber (she has fallen head over heels for it). Maddie will return to the mountains one day as a nurse midwife or a paramedic rescuing someone in the backcountry.