The Spirit of Adventure


Today marks the second anniversary of me launching this blog back in 2006. At the time, it was meant to be an experiment in which I would give this “blogging thing” a try. I had always enjoyed writing, but it had been awhile since I had done any on a regular basis, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get back to writing again as well. When I thought about what I wanted to blog about, it didn’t take long to decide. It had to be something that I would be interested in, and something that I was passionate about. I decided on the very broad topic of “Adventure”.

For me, adventure comes in a lot of different packages. Adventure was mountaineering and climbing. It was kayaking and mountain biking in remote areas. Backpacking, camping, and trekking all over the world. It was adventure racing, a sport that has the term right in it’s description, but also other endurance events like ultramarathons in extreme conditions. It was travel to far off lands that included getting off the beaten path and doing things that most tourists never dream of. It was all of these things and more.

I recently had a discussion about this with a friend, and I confided in him that one of the reasons I started this blog was because there was a general perception amongst the general populace that there was no more adventure in the World. That everything that could be done has already been done. That the age of explorers and great expeditions was over. I hope that through this blog, I’ve shown people that that just isn’t so.

Everyday I read, and often post, about people doing extraordinary things, often times just because they are following their own sense of adventure. Over the past two years I’ve written at length about these extraordinary people and their adventures. People like Jason Lewis who set out to circumnavigate the globe completely under his own power and finally completed his journey 12 years later. I followed Hannah McKeand who went solo, and unsupported, to the South Pole, and managed to set a speed record in the process. As an encore, she’ll do the same thing this Spring at the North Pole. And I watched Andrew Skurka as he went fast and light on the Great Western Loop, covering over 6,875 miles of some of th emust remote backcountry in the United States.

Of course there have been countless other men and women as well. Those who have climbed Everest and K2 and a dozen other 8000 meter peaks. There have been both first ascents and first descents, amazing feats of endurance, wondrous journeys and thrilling stories of adventure from every corner of the globe. I’ve even managed to share some of my adventures with you, just as some of you have shared yours with me.

So, two years into this little “experiment” I want to thank everyone for stopping by. I appreciate every reader and greatly value your continued input on the blog. I’ve come to know some of you quite well, through comments and e-mails, and I have made some great friends in the process as well. I’ll say one last thing in closing. Stay tuned. I’m not done yet. There is still plenty of adventures to be had, and now more then ever, I’m eager to share them with you.

Thanks for two great years so far, with hopefully more to come!

23 thoughts on “The Spirit of Adventure”

  1. Well done my friend and congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to many years of your insights.

    Alan

  2. I really enjoy reading your posts. The last several years my adventure focus has been on long distance cycling but I still love backpacking and backcountry skiing. For me there’s way more adventure left than the time and money to do it.

  3. Hey congrats! I love checking the blog daily and seeing what new interesting things are going on. Keep it up!

    Amanda

  4. Another waypoint for The Adventure Blog!
    Well said, well done…
    I can feel that spirit for adventure come through in your postings. The excitement for what is happening is there for us to read in your words.
    Adventure is indeed what has got us here and will be what we need to carry on to our distnat horizons…
    My appreciation for all your efforts! I so enjoy visiting and catching up with all that is unfolding out there.
    Happy 2nd!
    DSD

  5. You guys are going to make me blush! πŸ˜‰

    But seriously, it has put a smile on my face this morning to see so many of you that I’ve come to know through the blog, these comments, and exchanging e-mails, leaving notes. Each of you have contributed to my blog in some really great ways, and a heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you! πŸ™‚

    And with that, I’m done blogging. As clearly, as Rick has said, there isn’t anything else to talk about. πŸ˜‰ Well. I’ll see if I can dig up a few more adventure stories to keep things going none the less! πŸ™‚

  6. I’ll add my name to the list of frequenters here. This is definitely a daily check for me as well.

    Thanks again for putting all this effort out to keep us entertained and informed.

  7. This adventure thing can be kind of addicting huh? πŸ™‚ Are you planning a trip to Kili? If so, drop me a note, I’d be happy to answer any questions. I loved my trip there last year.

  8. You’re only fashinably late Alex! πŸ™‚ That will be helpful in Hollywood! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Happy Anniversary!

    I always enjoy reading your blog and wish you many more years of success & adventure!

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thank you guys! I read each of your blogs as well, and always find interesting stuff! Keep it up as well!

  11. Just wanted to post a quick note of thanks for all the work you put into your blog.

    I’m kind of late to the party when it comes to this adventure stuff. Camping, hiking, mountains, and the outdoors in general were not a big part of my early life. But now in my 30’s, the light bulb kind of went off about a year ago and getting outside, trekking, camping, etc…have become an obsession for me. I’m still in the “baby steps” phase of this stuff, but I’ve been watching and reading just about everything I can get my hands on about mountaineering and trekking during the last year. And your blog has become a daily stop, not only for your writing but also the helpful info you link to. So, thanks again and keep up the good work!

  12. It’s never too late to get started subcreature! But be warned, once bitten by the bug, you’ll be looking for new adventures all the time.

    Glad you enjoy the blog and hopefully it’ll inspire a few ideas for future adventures of your own.

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