The 1 year anniversary of our first event is coming up next week, and we’ll be throwing our first birthday party in Seattle at Naked City Brewery on January 31st! If you're in town, we hope to see you there! In the lead up to that, I wanted to take a minute to deliver our Boldly Went (dare I say it) State of the Union Address.
While I don’t want to be associated with anything happening in that other Washington at the moment, here at our base in the more pleasant, productive, adult Washington, good vibes are happening, and the State of our particular union is strong.
A year ago, we started off with a vision and a dream and a $0 budget, and this year we’re coming to you with a bunch of great stories, some traction, a rad community and a few bucks saved to reinvest in the business, so we’ve made some real progress.
This thing feels like such a community project, with so many of you engaged, and we wanted to take some time to get into a bit of the nitty gritty of what we're up to behind the scenes. We won't make you read any boring reports - just the juicy bits!
The beating heart of Boldly Went hasn’t changed at all. We’re still driven by the fundamental belief that everywhere you go, the outdoor/adventure community is full of amazing, interesting people who should meet each other, and who should have more opportunities to share their stories with the world.
Our experiences this year have done nothing but reinforce those beliefs, and in truth we underestimated how amazing you all were going to be. This year through Boldly Went we’ve come into contact with winners of both the Seattle and Portland Marathons, a teenage thru-hiker with Down Syndrome, the first person to circumnavigate the globe on his own using only human power, multiple Guinness record holders, multiple Hardrock and Barkley Marathon runners, two women who are trekking from Patagonia to Alaska using non-motorized means, professional artists and musicians, people who’ve persevered through brain injuries, helicopter rescues, and 200 mile ultramarathons, ice climbers, base jumpers, English Channel swimmers, speed record holders on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and Mount Rainier, one of the first people to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca on a paddleboard, and about a billion of you who just know how to tell a good story - even if your experience didn’t make it into the record books. Some of you have shared at events and our podcast, and some have just come along to meet and be inspired by others. All in all, traveling with this business, meeting you all, has been an entirely remarkable experience.
Unlike some institutions we know in the other Washington, we have no intentions of shutting down. Our priorities this year reflect the fact that our values and focus haven't changed, but that we've established a base of community and momentum that we want to build on.
2) Boldly Went is about building community that supports adventure, and supporting adventure that builds community. Along with continuing what we've been doing, we have a couple of projects building on our base in the same spirit that we think will work.
There’s a falsely attributed saying put together jointly by Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, and Albert Einstein, that people overestimate what they can do in a day, and underestimate what they can do in a year. This year’s felt like that constantly. A lot of days it's seemed like we’re not getting as much done as we need or want to, but looking back on the year the reality is that we’ve fit in way more than we thought we could.
Thank you for sharing the adventure with us this first year! Here's what you can do right now to help us make progress in our second, by creating a network that is inspiring, entertaining, and useful for getting out on your next adventure.
Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.