brendan leonard creator of semi-radAbout me: My name is Brendan Leonard, and I started this website in 2011. I think we all need to spend more time doing things we love, going to places that make us feel small, remembering to laugh at ourselves, and getting a little cold, tired, and scared every once in a while. I’ve bicycled across America, run several ultramarathons, and lived out of a converted van for three years, climbing and adventuring in the mountains around the West.

I am a writer, and most of my work centers around adventure, travel, and human experiences with both of those. I’m a contributing editor at Adventure Journal and a columnist at Outside. My stories have appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, Sierra, Adventure Cyclist, and other publications. My books are available here.

About Semi-Rad.com: I created Semi-Rad.com to as a channel for those of us who aren’t elite climbers, skiers, ultrarunners, and alpinists—the folks who love to get out there, but maybe don’t take it too seriouslySemi-Rad is enthusiasm for things regular folks can do, adventures for the everyperson. It’s a web site for those of us crushing it, kind of. I hope you enjoy it.



  1. Do you draw custom charts or sketches similar to the ones on your Instagram account?
    Yes. Email me about that here.
  2. Can I buy you coffee and pick your brain for some advice on how to get started as a writer/filmmaker/creative?
    Sorry, no, but here’s a blog post I wrote about that, and here’s a very inexpensive and brief book I wrote about it (the Kindle edition is about the price of one cup of coffee, and the paperback is about the price of two cups of coffee).
  3. Can you come speak in my hometown?
    I’d love to. The cost depends on what type of talk you’re looking for. More info on that here, or e-mail me about it here.
  4. I noticed you have self-published some books and worked with book publishers on others. Do you have any advice on which is better?
    I wrote a piece about that here.
  5. Do you accept guest blog posts on Semi-Rad.com?
  6. Can I buy signed copies of your books?
    Yes. They’re all in the Shop.
  7. Did you have a TV show on ABC Family in 2003?
    I did not—that was a different guy named Brendan Leonard, who has archived all the episodes of that show here.