Living Adventurously: Uncovering Your Inner Adventurer Episode #41

Aaron McHugh

 
 

I believe your inner adventurer wants to be unleashed again. Our lives are too scheduled and full. As a result most of us loose touch with our inner adventurer. We were all adventurous at some point in our life. We used to try new things, new music, new cuisine, new friends, new hobbies, etc. I’ve found that the longer I live, the greater the temptation to choose a life of comfort instead of adventure.

Firing up a brew on Eagle Peak USAFA Colorado
Firing up a brew on Eagle Peak USAFA Colorado

Unleash the Adventurer within

When I wrestle with the tension between comfort and adventure, here is what my day dream looks like. I envision my inner adventurer taking over my life like in the TV series Breaking Bad. I envision my inner adventurer tying up the suburbanite part of me, stuffing him in the trunk of my car then dropping him roadside hand cuffed to a street lamp. My inner adventurer is then free to live untethered from Starbucks, Apple products, Banana Republic suits, text messaging and Westin Hotels.

Ok, I agree that’s a bit of an extreme picture but I think you get the point. Living a predictable, comfortable, manageable life doesn’t breed any newness. In today’s podcast, I outline some suggestions for how to uncover and release your dormant inner adventurer.

Adventure won-Rock Climbed the First Flatiron
Adventure won-Rock Climbed the First Flatiron

Click to Listen Living Adventurously: Uncovering Your Inner Adventurer Episode #41

Podcast Highlights:

Questions to ask yourself?

  1. When you used to be adventures, what did you do?
    What did you love before you got married, had a family and got a big job?
  2. What do you believe stands in your way today to reclaiming your adventurous spirit again?
  3. How can you begin to choose differently in small increments to provide room for adventure again?

My recent adventures:

10 Years without Rock Climbing:
My friend Matt Dealy and I climbed Boulder’s First Flatiron and met Conrad Anker on the summit. The North Face Alpinist featured in the movie Meru. Conrad will be a podcast guest in February ’16.

Meru Film-Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin

MicroAdventures:
Ten recent MicroAdventures within an hour from our house. Visiting place’s I’ve never been before.
MicroAdventure Westcliff

 

Quest to summit all 54 14’er:
Hiked Tabeguache Peak Salida, CO. elevation 14,162  I’ve completed thirty-two of my quest to summit all fifty-four 14’er in the state of Colorado.

Summit celebrations with Matt Sittner
Summit celebrations with Matt Sittner

Trying out the new VW Bus in the winter:
I slept in our 1974 VW Bus last week in 20 degrees. Left the house at 10:30 pm and was home by 9 am.
1974 VW Bus sleeps comfy

Hiking in the cold:
Yesterday, I hiked Eagle Peak on the USAFA with Kyle Spinuzzi and did an off-trail loop in the snow.

Off Trail Eagle Peak
Off Trail Eagle Peak