About the Everyman

I am Reed Rombough, and I am the epitome of your average American traveler, rock climber, and outdoor enthusiast.  There is absolutely nothing special about me, I don’t make a lot of money, I don’t have a fancy job, I don’t have any sponsors, hell, I don’t even have a house.  I take all of my photos with an iPhone, and I edit them with a free app by Google called “Snapseed.” I am not a “professional” anything. I am just a 26 year old guy on the chase of whatever it is on my horizon.

I used to play soccer but was always just the average player.  I started climbing at age 15 and have never amounted to more than your average climber.  I was average in school, I have your average bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, and I have always worked average jobs for less than average pay.

I own a beat up old DHL delivery van, a 2003 Dodge Sprinter, that I have built a tiny home into. For the last three and a half years I have traveled the United States living out of vehicles to save money for climbing. I have traveled the United States working on cell phone towers, building homes, spraying weeds and climbing rocks wherever I find them.  I have never profited more than $30,000 in a year, I have owned a failed small business, have been a carpenter, a weed sprayer, pulled gigs off Craigslist, and have always worked hard for my money. Through all of this I have found a way to fund transcontinental, multi-national trips centered around climbing in the Patagonian mountains of Argentina and Chile as well as to Nepal and Thailand.

My goal in life is to introduce the joys and benefits of all calibers of travel to those people who tend to spend their whole lives using the phrase “I wish I could do that.”  I am the everyman, just like all of you, except for instead of saying “I wish” I simply say “I will.”  Follow me as I suffer failures, learn by hardships, experience enlightenment, experience culture, face my fears, explore the unknown, and live “the life.”  Follow me as I chase my dreams with no trust funds, no fancy cameras, no sponsorships, no upper class income, no extraordinary talent.  Merely time tested, unwavering, unsuppressed perseverance and courage to experience.

You have 29,280 days from birth to age 80.  You have 1 day until tomorrow.  You can’t choose when your book will end, but you can choose what fills the pages.  

Photo by James Roh, http://www.jamesroh.com Somewhere along the Annapurna Circuit trek

another James Roh photo