Defining Adventure

“An Adventure is simply an undertaking, usually involving danger, and unknown risks… essentially, an exciting or remarkable experience”

I would define myself as an adventure addict.  I’ll be honest with you, and say that at this very moment, it’s extremely difficult for me to sit at my laptop and write, when I could be exploring a new running trail, or planning a new expedition.  I want to climb every mountain, and paddle every river that I see.  I don’t care if it’s a towering peak, or a simple rise in pavement.
I’m firm in my belief that everyone feels this way to some extent.  Maybe you’re not as insane as me, but when there’s a challenge in sight, or some misunderstood, new, exciting place to explore, who could bare to turn down a good adventure?
Over the last few years I’ve received many questions about my adventures.  Why are you going there?  What are you planning to do?  What will you eat?  How will you get there?  Won’t you die?  (That’s my favorite one of course…)
From the start of my adventure “career” (yea, let’s call it that), my focus has been on keeping everything low budget. I also wanted to support a cause that was, and still is very close to my heart, human trafficking.  Most adventurers these days pursue expeditions to extremely remote, expensive places to travel, in order to raise money for charity.  These places include the Geographic North Pole, South Pole, Mt. Everest, high expense trips to the Amazon, and various remote mountains, among countless other places.  Though these are great, challenging, expeditions that do their part in helping non-profits, it is my personal opinion that the pursuit of these isn’t always worth the cost if the only goal is to raise money to help others.  Please note that I have no intention of coming down on anyone undertaking these kinds of expeditions.  I’d be honored to take part in one myself!  I’m only getting the point across that this is not what I do, and not the goal of my adventures.

In other words, my philosophy is that if I use my wilderness skills to fight human trafficking, I’m going to pursue low budget expeditions so that I can focus the majority of my efforts on raising money, and awareness for the cause.  There’s one condition though.  I will not sacrifice adventure, or difficulty in the pursuit of these low budget expeditions.  This goes along with the slogan of my blog.  “Climb Any Mountain, Paddle Any River,” refers to my belief that you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to go on a great expedition.  Though travelling to somewhere across the world will make for an awesome expedition, it is not a requirement in order to have a truly epic adventure.