Caroline Paul was born in New York City, USA. She obtained her pilot's license at twenty and eventually flew paragliders and ultralights. At twenty-three she joined an all-women whitewater team, rafting unexplored rivers in places like Borneo and Australia. A Stanford graduate, Paul joined the San Francisco Fire Department soon after, becoming the fifteenth female firefighter in a department of fifteen hundred men. She is currently a writer, and the author of four books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. She is the twin sister of Alexandra Paul (featured).