The Art of Getting Lost: 365 Days of Adventure, Big and Small

by Brendan Leonard



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ISBN-13: 9781493031788
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 333,160
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brendan Leonard has bicycled across America, spent a month rafting through the Grand Canyon, bicycled across Norway’s Lofoten Islands, trekked Italy’s Alta Via routes, hiked the original Haute Route, traversed Wyoming’s Wind River Range and Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range by foot, climbed big walls in Zion National Park, skied off the summits of peaks in Colorado, Washington, and Switzerland, and has never been without a full-time job since he finished graduate school in 2004. His website,, reaches half a million unique readers each year with stories about the everyman’s and everywoman’s adventure.

He makes a living as a full-time freelance creative, writing articles and books, producing and directing short films, and developing advertising content. His editorial work has appeared inAlpinist, CNN, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Adventure Cyclistand dozens of other publications. He is a contributing editor atAdventure JournalandThe Dirtbag Diariespodcast, and is a former contributing editor atClimbing Magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Definition of Adventure vi

"Quit Your Job" Adventures

1 Ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route 1

2 Raft the Colorado River Through the Grand Canyon, Arizona 3

The Hardest Thing is Convincing Yourself It's Okay 4

3 Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail 7

4 Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail 9

Expanding Your "Adventure Spectrum" 10

5 Climb Denali, Alaska 13

6 Bicycle the TransAmerica Trail, USA 15

Five Ways to Save Money on Road Trips 16

7 Thru-Hike-the John Muir Trail, California 19

8 Backpack the Colorado Trail, Colorado 21

The More You Know, The Less You Need 22

9 Trek the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal 25

Two-Weeklong Adventures

10 Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc 29

Don't Make a to-do List on Your Vacation 30

11 Climb Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 33

12 Book Passage on Freighter Ship, United States to Europe 35

Nine Travel Tips to Lower Your Stress Levels 36

13 Ski the Haute Route, France/Switzerland 39

14 Climb Mount Vinson, Antarctica 41

Showering Every Day is a Waste of Time 42

15 Trek Torres del Paine, Patagonia 45

Weeklong Adventures

16 Ride Amtrak from Coast to Coast 49

12 All-Purpose Adventure Gear Items 50

17 Climb Mount Rainier, Washington 55

18 Traverse the Presidential Range, New Hampshire (in Winter) 57

The Benefits of Going in the Off-Season 58

19 Climb El Capitan, Yosemite, California 61

20 Mountain Bike the White Rim Trail, Utah 63

The Terrifying and Wonderful Concept of Going Without Data for a Week 64

21 Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru 67

22 Drive the Pacific Coast, USA 69

Eight Things to Always Have in Your Backpack 70

23 Hike the Routeburn Track, New Zealand 73

24 Kayak Tour the San Juan Islands, Washington 75

Skip Going Out for Dinner Once a Week for a year and do a Grand Canyon Trip 76

Weekend-Long Adventures

25 Climb Mount Hood, Oregon 81

26 Climb Mount Whitney, California 83

Don't Let Your Suitcase Become A Ball and Chain 84

27 Run a Trail Ultramarathon 87

28 Climb the Brigata Tridentina Via Ferrata, Italy 89

Rent A Car You Can Sleep in and Save 90

29 Spend a Night at a 10th Mountain Division Hut, Colorado 93

30 Trek to Havasupai, Arizona 95

The 3-Day Rule 96

31 Overnight at a White Mountain Hut, New Hampshire 99

Full-Day Adventures

32 Hike a Colorado 14er 103

Sleeping in a Tent is Not That Comfortable (But If You Can Handle It for a Couple Nights, It Will Change Your Life) 104

33 Ski Tuckerman Ravine, New" Hampshire (in Spring.) 107

34 Ride the Whole Enchilada, Moab, Utah 109

The Second Most Famous Hike Somewhere Can Be Great (And Without Crowds) 110

35 Hike the Zion Narrows, Utah 113

36 Hike Mount Si, Washington 115

What to Rent and What to Buy 116

37 Hike from Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon, Arizona 119

38 Learn to Ice Climb, New Hampshire 121

The Joys of Camping on a Weeknight 122

39 Take the Denali National Park Bus Tour, Alaska 125

40 Climb Katahdin, Maine 127

You Don't Have to Leave the Country to Have an Adventure (I.E., There are Mountains on Both Coasts, Lakes Everywhere, Etc.) 128

41 Ride the Monarch Crest Trail, Colorado 131

42 Climb Mount Fuji, Japan 133

Why You Should Have Both the AAA Card and the AAC Card 134

Half-Day Adventures

43 Hike Angels Landing, Utah 139

44 Tandem BASE Jump from the Perrine Bridge, Idaho 141

Great Places are Crowded But Only in a Few Spots 142

45 Hike to Ski Highland Bowl, Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, Colorado 145

46 Raft the Middle Ocoee River, Tennessee 147

Commit to Plans Early and Often 148

47 Climb the Third Flatiron, Colorado 151

48 Hike the Tall Trees Trait, Redwood National Park, California 153

The Dawn Patrol 154

49 Ride the Jungfraubahn, Switzerland 157

50 Climb the Krogerata, Telluride, Colorado 159

This Book is Just a Start 160

Sample Itinerary 1 Weekend Trip: Hike a Colorado 14er (Mount Bierstadt, 14,060 feet) 162

Sample Itinerary 2 Two-Weeklong Trip: Ski the Haute Route 163

Sample Itinerary 3 Weeklong Trip: Mountain Bike the White Rim Trail, Utah 164

About the Author 165

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