Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

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Post by m741 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:42 pm

Here's another fun travel/inspirational video that was making the rounds about a year ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8WjHO6B4hk

"A Story for Tomorrow". I like the narrator :).

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Post by Ego » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:09 pm

Tonight, 7pm Pacific, UStream Live

http://www.ustream.tv/speakerserieslive

Risk and Reward

Peter Croft is a legend and pioneer of free soloing, the much-storied pursuit of climbing without a rope. Peter carved his name into the history books in Yosemite and has been a hero figure for so many, including world-renowned free soloist, 28-year old Alex Honnold. Alex and Peter will give a glimpse into what they do, why they do it and what's next in the world of free soloing.

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Post by Ego » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:30 pm

Probably my greatest regret in life is that I gave up the violin as a teen. One of the few possessions I've kept through the many moves is my grandfather's violin. While I may not play an equivalently challenging piece as Chopin's first Ballade in the video below, I will play that violin again.... with some measure of skill.

Here Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger shows his determination to re-learn the piano.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/video/ ... opin-video

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Post by Ego » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:39 am

How to make a living as a professional adventurer.

http://andrewskurka.com/2012/how-i-make ... dventurer/
What is just as effective as making money? A: Not spending money.

I live on little. When I first became a full-time adventurer, my finances dictated that I do. Now, I’m stuck firmly in my frugal ways. I only buy what I need, usually only when it’s on sale. I rent month-to-month so I can avoid paying rent when I’m gone for extended periods.
It looks like he has stopped doing guided trips on his own.

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Post by theanimal » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Ego wrote: It looks like he has stopped doing guided trips on his own.
He actually still offers guided trips. I believe he added even more to his schedule this year. I think I may be interpreting your sentence wrong tho..

Alastair Humphreys also has some good info on this topic somewhere on his blog.
http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/

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Post by Ego » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:22 am

British woman cycles to the south pole on a monster recumbent.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 26928.html

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Post by Seneca » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:16 pm

At the grocery store yesterday, I took a few minutes to read bicycle magazines and ran across an article by Aaron Teasdale about his family out on a long bicycling adventure. It sucked me in and I bought it.

Let me save you the 5 bucks as it is an old story on his (fun) blog. :x

http://aaronteasdale.blogspot.com/2011/ ... .html#more

DW read it and said, "OK, 7 years!" :)

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Post by Ego » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:58 pm

Great story! Seven years is doable, right? If not you can always find a way to safely pack an infant or two on a bike... :)

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Post by Seneca » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:00 pm

Ego wrote:Great story! Seven years is doable, right? If not you can always find a way to safely pack an infant or two on a bike... :)
:lol:

We're looking at trailers to transition grocery shopping to bikes with babies, so definitely! This is the shared hobby that has taken the hardest hit, so we're working on how to fix it.

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Post by jacob » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:14 pm

In case everybody isn't following them already, I've been reading the daily blogs of scottexpedition.com (posted by m741 above) almost since day one. They've reached the South Pole and are on their way back now.

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Post by m741 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:02 am

Here's a fun Quora post about dangerous adventures. Many are gratuitously expensive, or packaged tourism with gaudy photos, but there's some unique stuff.

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Post by theanimal » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:49 pm

For those who enjoy this thread, I highly recommend this blog- http://www.theadventureblog.blospot.com Kraig Becker (Adventurer) writes up daily posts of adventures all around the world as well as gear reviews. For example, he writes updates on all the current Antartica Expeditions.

I also discovered this pair of Australians who just embarked on a winter traverse of The Brooks Range (Far North Alaska). This 1000 mi + journey is considered rough and rugged in the summer but in the winter it is a whole different beast. If they complete the traverse it would be the first ever in the winter. Daily updates are on their facebook page...http://www.facebook.com/JohnCantorAdventurer

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Post by henrik » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:27 pm

I live in a small country so adventurous enterprises tend to get noticed. One of my favourite countrymen-adventurers is currently attempting to drive around the world in a Land Cruiser. Not so special, right, but this guy means it literally, i.e. including the oceans. A recent first attempt at the longest stretch on open ocean starting in Cape Verde failed, the guy was rescued by a Japanese ship and the car later by a Norwegian one. I hope he tries again and keeps going.

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Post by Seneca » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:12 pm

henrik wrote:I live in a small country so adventurous enterprises tend to get noticed. One of my favourite countrymen-adventurers is currently attempting to drive around the world in a Land Cruiser. Not so special, right, but this guy means it literally, i.e. including the oceans. A recent first attempt at the longest stretch on open ocean starting in Cape Verde failed, the guy was rescued by a Japanese ship and the car later by a Norwegian one. I hope he tries again and keeps going.
Taking that thing in open water looks quite scary indeed. Wow.

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Post by leeholsen » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:28 pm

been meaning to put this up, this guys drives his motorcycle all over the usa with dog in the sidecar - www.theoasisofmysoul.com

this is what i would be doing if i was fi now(although, i'd be in a car; my face being a bug catcher doesnt seem appealing).

spending a month exploring each state seems just right for things to do with your life over spending it in a 6x6 cubicle.

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Post by Seneca » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:50 pm

leeholsen wrote:been meaning to put this up, this guys drives his motorcycle all over the usa with dog in the sidecar - http://www.theoasisofmysoul.com

this is what i would be doing if i was fi now(although, i'd be in a car; my face being a bug catcher doesnt seem appealing).

spending a month exploring each state seems just right for things to do with your life over spending it in a 6x6 cubicle.
Um, wear a full face helmet. Always!

Many times I have arrived at my destination after a dawn or dusk ride and watched bugs fly out as I unzipped my leathers though. :lol:

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Post by theanimal » Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:16 am

I just read a bit about former adventurer Ned Gillete (some quotes from him below). He had many great adventures in his time before, unfortunately, being murdered in his tent in Pakistan.
“We live in a time where you can no longer climb the highest peak, or no longer explore blank spots on a map. Adventure is looking at old subjects in a new way. There’s still plenty left to do if you use your imagination.”
"I don't undertake these things to please my fellow skiers or my fellow climbers or my fellow rowers. I do them to please myself and, I like to think, to give something back to the man in the street, the guy who sits at a desk and maybe isn't doing what he wants with his life. If anything, I'd just like to think I remind people that it's possible to do what you want. If adventuring is about anything, that's what it's about."
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-ad ... as---.html

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Post by Ego » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:05 am

Confessions of an Adventure Guide

http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic ... ure-guide/
Some call it the grind stone, the nine to five, the rat race or the walk of life. It is part of that endless yet very real struggle of the human life to overcome the financial burdens and woes associated with a domestic lifestyle and a first-world society; health insurance, that 4.95 percent fixed-rate mortgage on your house, those monthly car payments, and the robust retirement fund you are saving which will finally grant you the time and ability to do the things you have always wanted and go to the places you have always dreamed of seeing—but alas, surely I digress.

For in one of the most beautiful twists of irony I can think of—and adventure guides know this—money is perhaps the least valuable thing one can ever attain in a given lifetime. For many, however, this realization comes far too late.

The ultimate goal is to blur the line between work and vacation; for this concept implies that you live two lives.

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Post by m741 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:57 pm

I had an opportunity to watch the movie recommended by theanimal at a film festival yesterday (the movie is called "North of the Sun," see here: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-ad ... e-Sun.html).

It's really a remarkable documentary. To recap, two Norwegian guys build a house from driftwood on the beach and spend the winter there, eating food that was past its expiration date. They spend their spare time collecting trash from the beach (and end up with 3 tons of it), and surfing.

It's actually quite a funny film, but my favorite part is simply how off-the-wall their idea is. Spend a winter in Norway, on the beach... surfing? ... in a house you built from trash? ...eating food that would otherwise be thrown out? It was so refreshing to see and really got me thinking about adventures I want to have.

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Post by Ego » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:16 pm

The Depths of Fear | Eleanor Moseman

http://www.sidetracked.com/the-depths-of-fear/
The rocks are getting bigger; the launches have less time between them. His aim is definitely improving too. I again repeat that I see him and he needs to stop, choosing a few choice four letter words that is understood throughout the world. The dog is barking and running back and forth along the edge of the cliff.

During my first few months of tour I learned my ‘War Cry’. The first time I used it I had no idea it even existed. It came to surface because it’s all I had to fight with. Since then it had gotten me out of a few situations, including dogs when I battle them for the leader of the pack. I knew it was time to let it out, as it takes some concentration and effort. Feelings, memories, frustrations are brought to the surface; I allow myself to feel vulnerable and scared. Opening my mouth to inhale has much air as my lungs can take the shrill call of death and fear exits my cracked and sunburned lips. I bend over at the waist to make sure it all exits. I let out another and another. Sometimes it almost feels difficult to stop. The boy and the dog have disappeared. I pack up my bike and know it’s time to get out of here as fast as possible. Slightly damp and clean clothes are put back on and my hair braided, assuming I would be leaving danger behind.

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