We’re taking a different approach to our latest blog post here at BRBdoingstuff because writing a conventional article about an unconventional activity doesn’t make sense. Also, revisiting the Great Hike of 2016 gives us some serious PTSD flashbacks. So get ready for our most honest, straightforward post to date. (That’s why it’s a little late… we’ve been putting off writing this because it is equal parts humbling and emotional)!
Spoiler alert: don’t try this at home!
The biggest misconception about vagabonding is that it requires travel. To set the record straight once and for all — vagabonding is a mindset, not a destination. You can apply vagabonding principles like curiosity, being present in the moment, living light, and approaching new things with an open mind at home just as well as you can in the most remote corner of the world.
With that in mind, I’ve been spending time exploring my own backyard in Austin, Texas. The literal backyard is a work in progress as I’m attempting to become an urban farmer (more on that in a future post), but my more figurative backyard is proving rich in opportunity and adventure — Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg and Luckenbach come highly recommended!
After a wild weekend in Calgary with girlfriends I needed some reprieve, or at very minimum an activity that didn’t revolve around tequila. The Rocky Mountains called and I was anxious to get in some outdoor multi-pitch climbing during the exquisite Canadian weather window between late Spring and early Fall.
Guest Post by Care Bach
Although I’ve always loved exploring other cultures, I must admit that from time to time some American bias kicks in and I think the U.S. does things a little better. However, that perspective was instantly challenged the second I set foot in France. During a recent trip around the country with my family, I was pleasantly surprised to find that when it comes to living life the fullest it turns out the French know exactly what they’re doing!
It’s cheeky to claim that you’ve mastered anything by the age of 30, but when it comes to Canada’s West Coast Trail it’s safe to say that I’m approaching expert status. In a few days I will formally claim that title by hiking it for the fifth time… alone. For those of you considering the trek, or any multi-day excursion, I’ve pulled together a preparation guide (and video!) to help you hike with your best foot forward.
I’ve spent the lion’s share of my last year poking around places far away from Austin, and it wasn’t sitting right with me. People travel from all over the world to see legendary Texas and the very proud, somewhat outrageous, residents it houses. Ask anyone around here what country they are from and the answer will usually be Texas. And the crazy part about that? People abroad know exactly where that is.
In the context of learning to ice climb, the ‘D’ in BYOD stands for diaper. Yes, it’s spookier than you can imagine.
Part of deciding to do stuff is knowing when it’s time to switch gears and do other stuff. My hop-across-the-pond sojourn took me to six countries over a handful of months and I gradually started to think through what returning to my new home in Austin, Texas would look like.
Change of blog pace with a little photo expose of the most mystic and eerie, yet charming place I’ve encountered on my travels. Lhasa gripped me like no other city has.
But first, a disrespectful child at a monastery.
There are few places in the world that are more difficult to get to than Tibet, but it turns out that the juice really is worth the squeeze. Three surprise days in a central Chinese airport, a few failed landing attempts and an I-take-myself-motherfucking-seriously government didn’t get in the way of the most incredible trip of my life.