About Me

Mark Kilian
Hey There !

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my personal journal.  From a young age I was outside more than I was in and to this day that still holds true.  Those of you who know me through my business connections or volunteer work  may or may not know that my adventurous spirit carries well into my personal life as well.   I am highly passionate about life’s adventures, travel, meeting people, and exploring new things.   As a climber, canyoneer,  mountain biker,  and river enthusiast – I am able to access places very few ever get to see.  Don’t like big water, exposed trails  or heights ?  Fear not, I enjoy sharing my adventures through photography and writing.     This  journal represents a collection of ramblings, images and adventures from my trips locally, within the USA and globally.  Keep coming back for surely there is more to come ! Here are a few of the principles I live by :

I don’t think outside the box – I live outside it…

If I could pick one phrase that defines me – this would be it.  There is nothing that terrifies me more than the prospect of a boring life filled with obligations, responsibilities and routines. That is life in a box. To say that I abhor routine is an understatement. I have feared getting trapped in that scenario since I was a kid and it still holds true today, many years later. Some may call that  wanderlust or not being content –  but I am very content in  life  – in fact I’ve got an amazing one !    I will never shed that fire and passion to experience everything I can and that can never be done by living in a box.

The only risk in life is not taking one…

I have never been one to sit around or take life idly or for granted.  I see the masses going back and forth to the same job day after day for years, wasting hours in traffic,   doing the same thing over and over and over just to stay comfortable, pay the bills, feed the kids and have a bunch of stuff – most of them are miserable –  and I wonder how they do it every day and stay sane.   One has to take risks to truly experience life  – step outside the comfort zone and explore the space around us  as  it truly is an amazing place.

Instead of wishing for a vacation – build a life you don’t need to escape from

Life, at least how I define it , is a grand adventure filled with exploration, learning, helping others, profound friendships & connections, and achievement – anything less is not living. True living can not be done from an office chair or a couch – and it certainly can’t be done if fear or stress rules life.   Adventure, risk and even failure breathe life into a soul – but comfort and routine wither it.  We have one life – one bucket of time – we can chose to do what everyone else does – or we can be the architect of an amazing life – that choice is ours to make.  Most people are  so busy spending their energy worrying about the past or the  future that they are oblivious to the  beauty and opportunity that lie right in front of them.

I can be comfortable, or I can be courageous –  I cannot be both

The amazing life is not comfortable , its risky and at times uncomfortable, sometimes it can be dangerous  –  but it is one HELL of a lot more rewarding.  We all have choices ,  but I truly feel that most of humanity’s misery and stress could be eliminated if more left the path of routine and comfort.   Comfort kills!    I  believe depression, most illnesses and nearly every other modern human malady arises from being under challenged,  under active, or making poor choices.    Our body  and mind are the most amazing tools  we’ll ever own  – if we use them actively – fuel them well –  push them to their limits every now and then –  they will reward us with an amazing journey and even more amazing  life.

Choose to live a few years of your life like no one will – then live the rest of your life like no one can…

Profound words that have always resonated with me. The world, society, family, government, friends – all place expectations on us – false expectations. I’d argue they are limits. Shackles. We are told at a young age by everyone around us what we should be, do, and how we should act.  We’re taught to immediately buy all sorts of stuff and go to college and  get into debt,  chase the money ,  have  kids, buy the dream house, and when its all over you can retire in paradise.  And by that time, your too fucking old to enjoy it – if you’re even still alive or healthy enough to.      I never believed ANY of it.  Why dream about something when you can live the dream –  life is what we make it.   Its living with a purpose every day – its living within one’s means and  building something we don’t need  to escape from !

The most dangerous act of all — spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

A lot of people die at 25 and are not buried until they are 80. Chances are we all know plenty of these people.    If one never leaves themselves enough  margin to take a few risks  or step outside their comfort zone every now and then  they will never get to know what is truly out there.    I push myself every day – whether it be with a friendship , with my clients, on the bike,  or  in the wilderness  – the only way to truly grow is to expand our limits.    The only way to expand our limits is to give fear the middle finger  and just get the hell out there and do it.

It is better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing – than a long life spent in a miserable way…

I think a lot of people are afraid of dying because they are not really living.  To me – that is like this definition of Hell :  “Hell:  on the day you die,  the person you have become gets to meet the person you could have been”.   Do what you love, grow your relationships profound and deep, live life to its  limits , but most of all LISTEN & LEARN.       If your  heart gets broken a few times, or you break a few bones,  or even if you fail completely   –  you’ve  lived !     I see so many people who don’t take the time or the risk to truly grow their life or their  relationships I could never be that person –   I will always reach for the high bar.

Watch the videos below – 100 times if that is what it takes for it to sink in – the future is never guaranteed – life is about the here and now.  The  human soul craves passion & adventure — feed it – always !



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