Intrepid Daily is the ongoing story of one guy trying to infuse his life with adventure.
So who am I? My name is Wade, I’m in my early 30s, and I have a couple of degrees in history and the like. I work in an archive, and I was leading a pretty typical 9-5 existence (8 to 4:30 in my case, actually). Over time, I started feeling like something was missing, so I started to really think about my life. I had a decent job, a place to live, a cool fiance (now wife)… But I wasn’t satisfied. I felt restless, anxious, fenced-in. I realized that when I was younger I thought I was going to lead a life of adventure. I was going to be an action hero, exploring new places, trying new things, having amazing new experiences, and meeting interesting people. Then I went to school, then to grad school, got a job, and did all the other things that adults are supposed to do. Perhaps growing into a slightly dissatisfied adult is the destiny of every little kid who dreamed of adventure.
Well, destiny is overrated.
So I’m taking back my life. Like most of you, I’m not in a position to quit my job and wander the world. I’m not wealthy, I’m not a jetsetter, I’m a “normal” everyday person. The only thing that’s different about me is that I made a decision. I realized that I don’t have to ask permission and that while I may have to put in my 40 hours a week, I can do whatever I want after that. Like most of my readers, I can’t decide to fly around the world on a whim, so instead I’ll find my own adventures. I’ll go camping, and hiking, try new things, learn new skills, and slowly build up to bigger, wilder, crazier adventures.
Some of the things I’ll write about I will be familiar with, like camping. I’ve done lots of that in my day. But I’m going to try a lot of new stuff and tell you how it goes. Maybe I’ll do terribly and we can laugh at my experience together. Maybe I’ll do okay and pick up some new hobbies. Either way, I hope that I can help you learn something along the way, and help you try some new things yourself.
By now, you may be asking yourself why you should be taking the advice of this weird guy. That’s a smart question to ask. I could trot out my credentials as an Eagle Scout, trained in first aid and lifesaving techniques. I could talk about my outdoor experience, the scuba trips, or the times in foreign countries. But what you should know is that I’m not an expert. I have some background knowledge, I have some experience, and I have made a lot of mistakes over the years. I’m relearning a lot of skills as I go, and learning new ones along the way as well. I’m very much so in the same position as a beginner in a lot of the things I’ll write about. If you’re a skilled survivalist, backpacker, climber, (etc,) my posts may seem like common knowledge to you. This blog isn’t written for professional adventurers, though they are certainly welcome to read and contribute their own expertise in the comments section. But if you’re a beginner, looking to improve or relearn skills, or need help taking the next steps toward an adventurous life, this blog can and will help you. Any advice I give you is advice that I myself follow. Any gear that I recommend is gear that I either own, have used, have researched, or is used by someone whose experience I trust. If you’re looking to lead a more adventurous life, then follow along, experiment with me, ask questions and leave comments. I promise you, in a year you will feel more like the adventurer you are meant to be.
Please note, I’m not a doctor or a lawyer. My advice will come from my own experience, the experience of others who I trust, and my own research. Don’t let that stop you from investigating further, especially where your own health, safety, freedom, and life are concerned. I’m not an expert in all things, so if an actual expert gives you instructions, definitely give them your full attention.
I currently live in the Quad Cities, so when I talk about laws, regulations, etc. I’m usually discussing them from the point of view of Illinois and Iowa, unless otherwise noted. You should always verify the laws in your city, state, and country before engaging in any activity about which you’re uncertain. Know the consequences of your actions. Remember, I’m not an expert on the law, and they vary from state to state, so make sure you know what’s up.
Also, for the sake of transparency I want to let you know that I am a part of the Amazon Associates program, so if you follow Amazon links from my blog, I may receive a commission from any purchases you make, though it will not affect the price that you pay in any way. I will always give honest reviews of gear and books, and you should never feel obligated to purchase anything from my affiliate links. I’m a fierce advocate of libraries, so do not forget to make use of that valuable resource. But since I believe in transparency, and for the sake of legal purposes, I am including the following disclaimer:
Wade Ellett is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
Always feel free to contact me, to comment on my posts, to start a discussion, and to ask me any questions. I’m here to share my experiences with you, but also to help facilitate your own experiences in any way I can. So don’t be a stranger, and thanks for stopping by.