Episode 9: The Bold Nomad

We The Wild Ones

Jul 2 2021 • 45 mins

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to do a long thru-hike? Or what it might be like planning for such a trip? And are you starting to feel maybe just a little overwhelmed by everything that’s out there?

Well, don’t worry because in this episode, Episode 9 of We the Wild Ones, I had the chance to talk with just the person to put your fears at ease. Chris Denu, aka The Bold Nomad, has done a lot of hiking. And I’m not just talking day hikes here. Chris is from Vermont, like me, and has since moved out west to bigger mountains. He quit his job in 2016 and has been living nomadically since. Some of his big adventures include hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2017, trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, hitting 44 of the 50 state high points, and a lot of international travel.

It took us a few weeks, months, to finally catch up, a bit tricky since we are both living on the road and cell service can be a little spotty sometimes. But we finally made it happen!

Notable Points

  • Best tips for getting into hiking
  • Biggest things learned while on the CDT
  • Managing life on the road
  • Making family trips into adventures
  • Getting outside your comfort zone and say yes


What’s one non-essential item you can’t live without?

  • Cell phone, although cell phones seem more essential now, Ipad for watching Netflix. Coffee.

If you could have one useless superpower, what would it be?

  • Instant recovery, could do a big day and then another big day without feeling the effects. Then I could just keep going day after day.

What’s your best tip for living an adventurous life?

  • Just say yes. Say yes to opportunities, figure out how to pay for things later, commit to it and figure out the details later.


The Bold Nomad

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