Brendan Leonard is an adventure writer, award-winning filmmaker, speaker, and creator of Semi-Rad.com. Since a drinking problem landed him in rehab at age 23, he’s gone on to get a master’s degree, live out of a van for three years, spend cumulative weeks below the rim of the Grand Canyon, climb the Grand Teton in a day, bicycled across America, bicycled across Norway’s Lofoten Islands, trekked Italy’s Alta Via routes and the original Haute Route, traversed Wyoming’s Wind River Range and Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range by foot, climbed big walls in Zion National Park, skied off the summits of peaks in Colorado, Washington, and Switzerland, run several ultramarathons, and has never been without a full-time job since he finished graduate school in 2004.
He makes a living as a full-time freelance creative, writing articles and books, producing and directing short films, and developing advertising content. His editorial work has appeared in Alpinist, CNN, Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Adventure Cyclist and dozens of other publications. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal and The Dirtbag Diaries podcast, and is a former contributing editor at Climbing Magazine.
Interviews with Brendan:
National Geographic Adventure
The Denver Post
Outside Magazine Online
Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review
Santa Fe Reporter
The Enormocast [podcast]
Zero to Travel Podcast [podcast]
For speaking or freelance inquiries, please visit the contact page.