My best vacation is your worst nightmare.

Jim Bridwell

Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a storyteller. 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 BulletinIndefinitelyWildOutsideHuckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions; his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.

Q&A with Chris Brinlee Jr.

What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

I want to climb a first ascent of a major peak in the Himalaya; then go falconing with nomadic tribes while riding on horseback. I’d also like to learn to fly (not airplanes, but with wings.)

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

I’m a jack-of-all-trades; and am skilled in multiple creative and athletic disciplines. If I had superpowers, they’d reflect that too. So, I’d have the power to have all of the powers. Though, if I had to choose just one, It’d be Psychokinesis—the ability to move objects with my mind.

What’s your favorite workout song? 

This is a tough one. I’ve got a few: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, “The House That Heaven Built” by The Japandroids, “Moving Mountains” by The Brevet, “Do Or Die” by 30 Seconds to Mars x Afrojack, “Wake Me Up” by Aloe Blacc, “The Key” by Emancipator, “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

Here’s a Spotify playlist for you. Subscribe if you’d like; I’ll keep it updated with rad tracks that keep me going.

Who’s your biggest supporter?

Both of my parents have always been incredibly supportive of my endeavors; yet I couldn’t do what I do without my climbing and creative partner, Christian Lanley.

What’s your go-to PowerBar product? 

Simple Fruit. It’s delicious, easy to consume, and keeps me going when I need it the most.


  • May 30, 2017