“Here in the utter stillness, High on a lonely cliff-ledge, Where the air is trembling with lightning, I have given the wind my pledge.” -Everett Ruess

We caught up with our West Coast Brocialite to learn more about what has inspired his life of adventure…


I was born in central Maine.  I wanted to be a fighter pilot for most of my childhood (too much Top Gun), but noticed that my writing stood out in fourth grade, and discovered a taste for adventure in my mid-twenties; now I’m here.  I’ve been a teacher, a laborer, and just about everything else, and I’m always looking for bigger, better, and more.

Over the past year, Wes has established himself as a prominent travel blogger on the platform Niume.

My aims have returned firmly to the ground.  I am at home amongst the dirt and the rocks, and have no problem viewing the clouds from the safety of mountain tops.  I’ve come to realize that wilderness is my life’s passion.


Wes’ passion is evident in both his writing and his travels. He talks to us about his favorite destinations, and adventures that have been brewing in his mind…

I’m eager to go backcountry in Utah in search of unmarked Anasazi ruins.  I want to get into some terra incognita, maybe out onto the Kaiparowits Plateau. Baja California is one of my favorite locations. I’ve had a series of incredible experiences down there, and it’s all been well outside of my comfort zone.

Speaking of comfort zones…

A comfort zone to me is routines and easy choices.  Knowing how most days will go, and being happy with this.  I got fired from a job I hated in 2013, and decided to turn a friend’s upcoming wedding in Honduras into a jump off point for a month long solo backpacking trip all the way to the Panama Canal, with little more than a skateboard and some faded high school Spanish.  One of the best decisions I ever made.


Wes’ journeys outside of his comfort are truly feats to be celebrated. We asked Wes what accomplishments he is most proud of…

Completing a move to San Diego, and feeling like I’ve “made it”.  The latter is a long way from the former, to be sure.  I talked about leaving Maine for years, but it ended up taking longer than I expected.  When I look at everything I’ve been able to do in the past two years, I can see that the post-grad school doldrums were just a quiet preamble to the successes of today.

We can see the importance of setting goals and giving 100% until you reach them in the way that Wes lives his life. Wes talks to us about a current goal he is working towards…

I’m currently in the process of upgrading to a more advanced camera.  Although I’m proud of the work I’ve done with my point-and-shoot, it’s time to take things to the next level and challenge myself.


Wes signs off with some words of wisdom (or we’d like to call it- Wesdom)…

Find pockets of space and time, and flee your mobile devices and obligations for somewhere not a lot of people go, somewhere that might have you asking for directions.  Wander, get dirty, and enjoy it even if you don’t get there.

Look out for more by Wes on outtheresocial.com

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