Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Embarking at night – Going Alone

Embarking alone into the wild is always hard, and I usually fret and worry about things right up to the moment I hoist the backpack onto my shoulders and set out. In fact, in both Japan, and now America, my wife and daughter were used to seeing me return home within hours—when I’d planned to be away days—after I’d been scared back from the wild by a fear I could not overcome. Years ago, my failure rate was above 50%, and my family often responded to my “see you in a few days” with “see you soon!” They were usually right…

ArrivedatSiberia

Arriving in the desert

Now that I’m in my fifties, my failure rate has dropped to almost zero. This is in part due to experience and a more reasoned assessment of the risks, but mostly it’s simply because I know I’m running out of time; and the risk of NOT going to the wild while my mind and body are still able, is now more fearful to me than whatever scary things used to frighten me away. I no longer turn back.

 

Lately, I’ve taken to embarking at night. This is for practical reasons, given that my adventuring always takes place from Thursday to Saturday, once each month, on the week of the full moon. So, to get the most out of this time, I leave for the desert directly after work on Thursday evening, ride my motorcycle 200 miles to Siberia, where I then park and begin a long night hike into the scary dark desert. I’ve done this enough now that it’s becoming routine, and I’m learning to find my way through the desert at night without the aid of compass or landmarks. True…I always wake up the next morning somewhere I didn’t expect, but for now we’ll just call that a bonus surprise.

Leaving the bike at Siberia


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of The Good Life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at softypapa@gmail.com

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Going Alone by Kurt Bell

Going Alone is an independent approach to living, uncovering what is real, and making peace with the facts of what is true no matter how the truth makes us feel. I upload at least one video a week for this series on my YouTube channel.

The Good Life is a formulated plan of objectives and principals designed to help us live a more virtuous life in accord with sound reasoning. I upload at least one video a month for this series.

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