Kalyn was raised in Minnesota, where her love of nature in the Northwoods began. She could often be found wading through swamps to find salamanders and frogs, attempting to sail across flooded forests on mighty sea-faring vessels (I.e., whatever floated from the neighbors junkyard), or climbing trees as high as she dared. Her love of critters began at birth with a cocker spaniel who became her guardian and adventure buddy. Her parents were subjected to a slew of lizards, frogs, rabbits, and loose crickets over the years until they finally said “let's just stick with cats and dogs.” Kalyn grew up training and working with dogs, and it was only a matter of time before she made her way into the sport of mushing. She first hopped on a dogsled during a visit to Alaska in 2012, then began training and racing sled dogs a few years later at a kennel in northern Minnesota. Kalyn has mushed with both Siberian and Alaskan huskies and run in races including the Beargrease Mid-Distance, the UP 200, and Copper Basin 300.
During summers, Kalyn works as an outdoor guide in southeast Alaska, leading kayaking, bushwhacking, hiking, and other outdoor activities. She is also an avid photographer, the proud caretaker of one of the world's laziest pet dogs, and enjoys playing video games. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology from University of Minnesota.