Welcome to this is youth.

I’m Dan.

Here you’ll find:

  • Climbing beta for RMNP and other Colorado-area climbs
  • Travel stories
  • Creative nonfiction, essays, etc.
  • 35mm film photography
  • Various noodlings

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151 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Dan,

    Thank you for sharing your content. I read your article about standby tickets and I’m wondering if you ever had issues getting into the US/any other country with a one way ticket? When they ask you for a return ticket, how do you show proof that you will go standby (if you can’t get access of the boarding pass yet)? I’m asking because a friend is planning on doing these but doesn’t want trouble.

    Thank you!

  2. Hi Dan, I’m not sure how else to contact you so I’m trying here. I am making a short film about Honnold and Caldwell RMNP link up and see you shared the Diamond with them back in summer ’20. I am interested to see any photos or footage of these dudes you may have from the wall. Can you give me a shout? Thank you


  3. As always love your posts… truly an inspiration to many! I couldn’t find a “contact” link to send you this message via PM or email so I’m dropping it here… just a bit of unsolicited climbing advice πŸ˜‰ FYI those quick-draws should have gates facing the same way, both the bolt biner’ and the rope biner’. Lots of threads out there but the consensus backed by research from Petzl proves when the bolt biner’ doesn’t face away from intended direction of travel it is more likely to un-clip from the hanger during a fall… I call the style you have the set up the 90’s style because that’s how everyone did it in the 90’s when I started LOL. If you ever visit the Northeast (North Conway) drop a line!

    • Interesting! Thanks for reading and the advice! I took that photo a while ago, I wonder if they’re still set up like that… πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

      The site’s in need of a redesign soon, I’ll make sure there’s a more visible contact page!

  4. Hey πŸ™‚ we “knew” each other end was soliloquy around here. Or at least on one of me two other old accounts. I’m hopeless and fickle. Lol

  5. Thanks for the like on my post and also you’re living my dream. Give it back! Jk. I enjoyed the few posts of yours I read and look forward to more.

  6. Thanks so much for liking my gallery,I really appreciate it.
    It’s great to read about your travels I find that you’re really passionate about it. I Love every pictures and ill spend time appreciating them all if i have time. Best wishes for always, safe travels!

  7. Hey there! Thanks for liking my post on Bali πŸ™‚ I have to say that I quite enjoy the way you have structured your blog, and I look forward to the next post. Cheers!

  8. Hey Daniel. Thanks for reading and liking one of my posts πŸ™‚ I’m also looking forward to post my adventures soon. I hope I can apply your tips and get something from your blog! Kudos

  9. Dan, wicked blog man, really enjoying reading about your time in Nepal. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading more and more from you! Take it easy brother

  10. Hey Daniel,
    Pretty neat collection of writings. But among all I love travel stories the most. Even I love writing travel journals in a narrative way where the reader gets the actual feel of the journey.

    I would like to read more of your blogs in the travel genre. πŸ™‚
    Travel. Blog. Enjoy. Kudos.

  11. Hey Daniel, thanks for reading and the like. Your page is very inspiring. I look forward to keeping up with journey. It is comforting knowing that there are others who shoot for an interesting and perhaps unconventional life. Cheers!

  12. Greetings Digital Journalist! That would include major Visual Content wouldn’t it? I enjoyed your pictures of the fog in Amsterdam. Thank you for visiting Leoshine. I hope the content was provocative to thought. Lots of time to think in foggy Amsterdam. Get Well Soon!

  13. Hey! Interesting bio, I can relate to the literature nerd part (I’m a bit of a geek haha). Also it’s nice to to find a blogger around the same age as me on here πŸ™‚

  14. Hi, you always seem to stop by and like what I post, and that means a lot to me. Thank you, your about page is pretty interesting so I plan to click around and see what else you have πŸ™‚

  15. Hello, Thisisyouth, your blog site and about me page is inspirational. I’m retired and recently returned to SWFL after 6-months on the road traveling in my little RV across the US.

    I’m a nomadic writer of my travel experiences and I have returned to the warmth of SWFL. My plan is to backpack across the US, then the rest of the world. I will follow you travel and I look forward to your blog post. πŸ™‚

  16. Hey Daniel,
    You stopped by and “liked” something of mine about a month ago – thank you. I am just now taking some time, in the midst of a real Nor’easter here in Maine today, to catch up. What a bright spot your work is! I will be following your quest. May the road rise up to meet you with adventure, safety and peace. Beauty & Light, Teresa

  17. If “this is youth”, my faith in youth is restored. So glad you visited my blog and liked a post so I could discover your fresh, intelligent, incisive voice. Congrats on the courage to live your interesting life. You write so well and kept this reader turning your blog’s virtual pages. I will add your blog to the Kindred Spirit blogs I follow. Cheers to the adventurous writer’s life.

  18. Hi Daniel, thanks for liking my blog post, “Don’t call me a pony”! I’ll be taking a closer look at your blog, especially your Nepal stories. Enjoy your life’s experiences.

  19. Hi Daniel,
    Thanks for stopping by Mind Traveler and liking my latest post. Looks like you have an interesting blog here. I think the story of your Nepal adventure might be worth taking a closer look at. Enjoy chasing your dreams while you are young! πŸ™‚

  20. Hello “D” and Oh Man, thisisyouth, …. I wish I had mine back! LOL

    What an awesome blog. Thanks for coming by my recovery blog. And?
    Since your writing, please come by anytime my other WP blog as you may find it interesting at “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den.”

    I wish you much success with writing! πŸ™‚

    CaT Lyon πŸ™‚

  21. That’s the way to do it Daniel! Get out there and LIVE your life! You are a fellow after my own heart! After college, I moved to Colorado, then to Germany, then California, then to Chicago then to LA and now back to N. California. All for the quest of following my dreams and I’m still chasing them! Keep chasing and you will have many more stories to tell! I’ve written a few books about my dream chasing stories and one (Fire Girl) is being made into a screen play.. so you NEVER know where this crazy ride will take you! Keep on Dreaming and Writing Daniel! πŸ™‚

  22. Good on You Daniel Kay! I often think of the good ole days of living the mountain life before Snow Boards were even invented and we were skiing on boards 200 cm as beginners. Imagine that! I love your writing. I’ve travelled Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and look forward to reading more of your travels. I even rappelled through the special permit canyons of Zion without clue one. I had a herd of angels working overtime that week.

  23. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m happy it gave me the opportunity to see yours as it looks brilliant!

    I’m especially looking forward to reading up on the travel memoirs and existential works (my favourite kind of works, haha).

  24. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog and giving a post a ‘like’. It gave me the opportunity to discover a clever writer with interesting content! I am digging what I’m reading. Very nicely done. You are a rare gem. Cheers!

  25. I like your style! I also lived in the Mountains in my early 20’s. I lived in Frisco and Leadville, Colorado for 3 years. Made me think about possibly writing about that experience one day, thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for liking one of my posts on Am an Aspirant too. Hope one day I could also write a memoir of my travels like you πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas!
    Wishes, T.

  27. We lived in Colorado for 10 years 10 years ago…absolutely loved it! Try to visit whenever I can.
    Enjoyed reading about your chess playing adventures haha, look forward to reading more. Thanks so much for the likes. ☺

  28. I love your shots, Something really is interesting doing outdoor.. Aha your lucky at your age you’re able to travel , keep inspiring the young ones.. keep posting those outdoors photo..

  29. Your writing is inspiring! Thanks for reminding me of the beauty in the world! I miss the Colorado sunrise and sunset! Luckily, I get to experience being young and traveling vicariously through you;) Live Large!

  30. Thank you for being the first visit to my site (mindofanaverageman.com)
    It means a lot to see people reading what’s on my mind and even more so to see people liking it.

    Much respect,
    Mr Anon.

  31. Thank you for cruising through my musings. I feel very honored to have a well travel blogger to give me a like. I will be bragging about this to my grands and great grand. You pushed my ‘hope” key. #WWOW

  32. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking today’s post! Love what your blog is about. Looking forward to living vicariously or at least being inspired to explore more places.

  33. Thanks for stopping by my site! I’m glad you did, because I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. As a fellow 20-something with the travel bug, I can already tell this will be an enjoyable journey.

  34. Hi. Thank you for liking my post. Nice to meet you. You have an interesting story and blog. Good luck with your travel memoir!

  35. Hi Daniel! Thanks for liking the blog I published today. I just signed in today and decided to post this blog. Being new made me happy seeing that someone liked my blog. I visited your page and it’s great to know that you’re young yet you have nice content to share. I believe that you’ll be successful in your field of interest. Keep up the good work.

  36. Thanks Daniel for appreciation (like) . I enjoyed reading your blog . your content is superb . Happy to connect

  37. Daniel,
    Thanks for stopping by my music blog. I hope you’ll come back often. I admire your adventurous spirit and love reading about your travels. Life is an awesome journey, the good the bad and the ugly and a change of pace/location can positively change perspective. Wish I could travel more. Looking forward to checking in often.

  38. Thanks for your clicking on my blog. My granddaughter started at Univ. Colorado, Boulder this semester so looks like we are at the opposite ends of the age spectrum, but what the Hell. Yours, good title, my posts are mostly personal memoirs.

  39. It’s good to find another person from Colorado! My snowboarding adventures really kicked off in Crested Butte and Monarch. Can’t say I’ve ever ridden the slopes in Vail but the area’s beautiful.

    Best of luck in your writing endeavors. =)

  40. Thanks for stopping by my site. I loved the travel pictures. I do my traveling via the internet. I do have a dream of one day riding in an hot air balloon while writing my novel. For now it’s short stories and living in LA (Lower Alabama)

  41. Hi Daniel Kay! Thanks for liking some of my recent blog posts; it’s so nice to know someone out there is reading. πŸ™‚ I’ve only read a few of your posts so far, but I’m looking forward to reading more. Your posts are well written, easy to follow…a fun, and sometimes suspenseful, read!

  42. Yes, as per most of the previous replies, I’ve enjoyed catching up with your stories and am actually very impressed with your self description – I love that apparently ‘odd mix’ of interests and passions and it is so wonderful that through this medium we are able to dip into any/all of them. And then rather than having boxes of written journals kept in boxes in the garage (as I do, the last 36 years of musings) we get to keep them in a vaguely searchable and organised fashion. I also like that bits appeal to all sorts of people and it’s easy to skip through the bits that don’t. Thanks for following/liking my work too (my play? my musings…) and look forward to catching up on more of yours.

  43. Hi,

    Thanks for being the first person to like a post on the blog I just started, and for having such an organized blog for me to explore. Existential musings sounds right up my alley.

    C. Rose

  44. Hey – thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks really cool – some interesting intersections with my life too (ski bum parents and the rest). Really interested in reading about your Nepal travels. Cheers!

  45. Due to your like on my post, I’ve now found some awesome stories to catch up on! You seem to be someone worth paying attention to, friend. Thanks for stopping by my blog (especially because you were officially my first viewer!)

  46. Thanks for your recent like on my site. I look forward to following your travels as I, too, lived in China back in the 80s, traveled Europe etc..it definitely broadens your worldview, give you a passion for the suffering, and gives you much to be thankful for, doesn’t it?

  47. Thank you for visiting my blog. I write Haiga ( picture Haiku, regular Haiku, poetry and “prosetry.” I am currently writing a lot of memoir poetry. My grand kids are not interested now but possibly in fifty years they will be.
    Your picturesare phenomenal!
    I too am in pursuit of an ever interesting life!

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  49. Hey Daniel! I’m also a writer, also from Colorado, and also on a perpetual quest to lead an interesting life. Pleased to meet you πŸ™‚

  50. Love your photo in the About section, the ski lift, such a gorgeous shot!!! Like your About section as well. Have you ever been to Whistler, fantastic skiing here too! πŸ™‚

  51. Thanks for liking my latest blog post. If you browse around my blog you will find a day by day commentary on my trekking in Nepal with an all-woman team – a different perspective!

  52. Looks like you are well on your way to living an interesting life. You have done far, far, far more than most people three times your age. Glad to see you are not taking life for granted. You’ll have so much to write about. Congrats!

  53. Wow, what a great idea to write about your travel memoir. Keep me posted of your book. We travel quite a bit, but I am still trying to do an inventory of my travels and put them together. Thank you for visiting my blog twice.

  54. Hi, I see we are both on quests :). I’m still setting up my page. I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing my Dad’s book. It’s his first novel and I really want to continue sharing it with the world even though he has done a few signings. Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks – Britney

  55. Great blog, just followed. I am from India and just moved to the US. Both the countries have so much to offer in terms of travel, it is just mind blowing.

  56. Thanks for liking my blog post “We Glorious Bastards.” I envy you. Young, healthy, energetic, and talented. Don’t ever deviate from trying to lead an interesting life!

  57. Hi Daniel,

    I’m a journalist by profession & I’ve written for major media outlets. I’m creating an infographic (related to travel) with the help of designer and I would like to co-produce the infographic with your blog (thisisyouth.org), Would you be interested in partnering with me on this?, there is no fees involved in this.

    After publishing the infographic, I’ll do promotion in different news outlets and press release sites, so both sites will get benefit with this.

    Let me know if you’re interested, so that we can discuss further.

    Thank you
    Jose Gonzalez

  58. I am glad to have found your blog! I just started following the digital nomads tag on WP. I can’t wait to read more about your stories! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I try to be a balanced person, although I haven’t been reading much lately. I’m reading a book on Pantheism, and then Friedman’s The World is Flat next. You know what, you’ve motivated me to pick em back up; look for reviews soon!

  59. I like your blog. Thanks for reading mine. I will be in Beaver Creek in Feb with my wife but no bud smoking for me. Your article on your state’s new income source was very well written and informative. I am not a partaker but it was a very interesting resource for those who are.

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