About Me

Hi Everyone, I’m Wade Ellett, creator of Intrepid Daily!

I started blogging back in 2015 because I felt unfulfilled. Maybe you can relate in some way? I didn’t have much to complain about. I had a decent job, a place to live, a cool fiance (now my wife)… But I wasn’t satisfied. I felt restless, anxious, and fenced-in. As a boy I believed I was going to lead a life of adventure, but then then I went to school, then attended grad school, got a job, and did all the other things that adults are supposed to do. I said to myself, “maybe growing into a dissatisfied adult is the destiny of every little kid who dreamed of adventure.”

Well, destiny is overrated.

We decided to take our lives back, to make change our approach to both our daily routine and our overall goals. We made small changes at first; though we weren’t in a position to quit our jobs and wander the world, there was plenty that we could do. We camped, hiked, and backpacked. We tried new things, learned new skills, and even took to the open road for some amazing road trips.

Fast forward a few years. My wife Clarissa, our dog Inkling, and I have packed up our lives and moved to my favorite place in the world, the Black Hills.

Wade Ellett and family, hiking in the Black Hills
Our little family, hiking in the Black Hills.

I’m glad you’re reading Intrepid Daily, and I hope you find something helpful here. I try to write honestly and truthfully, while remaining positive even in the face of failure. You’ll find posts where I tell you about dumb mistakes that I’ve made. I continue to make stupid mistakes, but I’m still a work in progress.

So who is Wade Ellett?

I’m an adventurer, just like you. Even if you don’t always feel like it, we’re both a part of the adventure community. No matter what experience or skills you have, we’re in this together. That’s what this blog is all about; leading the most fulfilling and adventurous life that I can, and helping as many people as possible do the same.

Wade Ellett and his dog Inkling
Me and Inkling, enjoying Iron Creek Trail.

How can I help you?

Check out my posts for some gear reviews, and some of the places that I’ve been. Sometimes I just share a story or two, but I’m up front about my screw-ups in those tales. When I learn something, I try my best to share it, but if there’s something that you’d like to see me write about, shoot me a message and let me know.

I hope to see you out on the trail, living adventurously, and staying intrepid. Until then, this is Wade Ellett, signing out!

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