How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering: My Ignite Seattle Talk

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The book is launched, the book tour is happening, and right now I’m just trying to keep up with it all.

We started with a bang last week, when I had the gift of sharing the Camino with a crowd of 600 people at Ignite Seattle, “the largest open submission public speaking event in the Pacific Northwest.”

The challenge? Capturing a thousand-mile journey and 900 years of history in just 5 minutes, with the slides behind me auto-advancing every 15 seconds. It’s like TED Talks on steroids.

The payoff was priceless, though. Dozens of people approached me after to tell me their own Camino stories, or to tell me how much they wanted to go now. I stayed awake for the after-party and had a great conversation about how to unplug from gadgets and technology more often.

Here’s the talk, complete with a few wobbles and a few decent jokes:


4 thoughts on “How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering: My Ignite Seattle Talk

  1. Well done. I am sure it was not so easy to summarize this trip. Your books in on its way. It will be a way for me to prepare mentally by reading a few pages every night. Knowing that you are not a super athlete should give me confidence for our adventure. We plan 37 days ( only the French part – GR65) and I train regularly …thanks for sharing.

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