Quitting the 9-to-5 for a life of full-time adventure with Chris Brinlee Jr

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On a summer day in 2014, Chris Brinlee Jr. walked away from his comfortable, well-paying job as an advertising art director to “experience something more,” as he puts it.

He had been backpacking a total of one time, a year before. So the logical next step was to quit his job and set off for adventures across the globe.

Over seven months, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

Chris also recently started up his own content creation company called Content Machine.

We talk with Chris from co-host Kelly’s home in Boulder and hear about Chris’ adventures and how he makes it all happen.

Links

Chris’s website: http://www.chrisbrinleejr.com/

Chris’s “IndefinitelyWild” columns articles for Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2052846/chris-brinlee-jr

Chris’s story, as told to Outside Magazine:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2138796/everymans-guide-planning-epic-adventure

Three years ago, I went on my first-ever backpacking trip. About a year later, I decided it would be a great idea to quit my job and go on epic adventures around the world. Most recently, I paddled a folding kayak 50 miles into a remote fjord in eastern Greenland, base camped for a week, and made the first ascent of an alpine rock route. Right now, I’m sailing to Antarctica.

You can do this stuff, too. I’m not a super athlete. I’ve never been that good at sports. For most of my adult life, I didn’t even spend that much time outdoors. I never went backpacking growing up. I didn’t climb my first pitch of rock until I was 26. (I’m 28 now.) I didn’t learn to ski until earlier this year. I’m by no means an expert at any of those things, but I can do them now. This is to say that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Articles about Chris:

Adventure Journal: https://www.adventure-journal.com/2015/01/square-shooter-around-the-world-with-a-backpack-and-a-badass-beard/

Weather Channel: https://weather.com/travel/news/paragliding-over-big-sur

Gear Institute: http://www.gearinstitute.com/gear-news/pack-like-a-pro/item/pack-like-a-pro-adventure-photographer-chris-brinlee

Chris’s bio:

Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.

Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

Chris celebrates discomfort—a theme at the core of each adventure, and each story he tells.

As a contributor for publications such as Red Bulletin, IndefinitelyWild, Outside, Huckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions; his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.

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