Brendan reckons we all need to spend more time doing things we love, going to places that make us feel small, remembering to laugh at ourselves, and getting a little cold, tired, and scared every once in a while.
He's bicycled across America, run several ultra marathons, and lived out of a converted van for three years, climbing and adventuring in the mountains around the West.
Brendan is an author,and filmmaker, having co-produced and co-directed several award-winning adventure films, including Chocolate Spokes, Ace and the Desert Dog, Frank and the Tower, and The Important Places. He’s a columnist for Outside Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Runner’s World, Adventure Journal, Climbing, Alpinist, CNN.com, Men’s Journal, Backpacker, and dozens of other publications.
But most of all, he is the creator of Semi-Rad.com. As Brendan says, "I have not been featured in a climbing video, or a ski film, and I will likely never win a bike or foot race. But I love the mountains, and being outside. I’m probably a lot like you. I like rock climbing, but start to flail when it gets vertical. I like bicycles, but not racing against other people on them. I like running and trail running, but I probably like ice cream more. I mostly avoid avalanches by not being a good enough skier to get on slopes steep enough to slide. But I sure like to get out there. Semi-Rad is enthusiasm for things regular folks can do, adventures for the everyman and woman. It’s a web site for those of us crushing it, kind of."