Brooke's life has been one of adventure and wilderness exploration. He writes in an effort to understand the importance of wildness in modern life. He's written dozens of stories and articles, and five books including Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and his most recent, Open Midnight, which documents his exploration of places where the outer and inner wilderness meet. His conservation career spans five decades, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He and his wife, the writer Terry Tempest Williams, and their dog, Winslow live near Moab, Utah.