About Me

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

Wade Ellett and his dog Inkling

As featured on QC Outside, The 55 Lifestyle, College Mate, RV-Listings, Visit Quad Cities, Visit Sioux Falls, Visit Spearfish, Visit Rapid City and the Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association

I started writing Intrepid Daily in 2015 because I felt like something was missing from my life. 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. Life hadn’t shaped up the way I had planned.

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 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. Hopefully my experiences can help you on your path as well.

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.


5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Really enjoyed looking at your site. Your mom and I went to school together, and recently got reacquainted. She must be extremely proud of you!

    1. Thanks for the visit Diane! Happy to hear that you’ve had the opportunity to get reacquainted. I’m a little biased, but she’s a stellar woman!

    1. Hi Patti!

      Inkling is about three years old, give or take, and she’s a classic American mutt. A canine DNA test indicated that she’s roughly 50% Blue Heeler, 25% Boston Terrier, and 25% assorted herding breeds.

      I can confirm that she’s 100% good girl though (even when she’s a handful).

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