My "Walter Mitty" Resume


In short, this isn’t a work experience resume, this is a life resume.

After watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I connected with the idea of creating an entirely new resume that gave more insight to my life than simply where I put in most of my hours for the day. I looked around online to see if anyone else got something from this “new Walter” and it seems that California Experiment [archived] shared my thoughts.

Walter's Old Resume:

  • LIFE MAGAZINE - Negative Asset Manager, 16 years. Reference: Sean O'Connell (address upon request)

Walter's New Resume:

  • One of 3 known non-Navy SEALs to helicopter “free release” in gale-force waters (North Sea).

  • In a single day: Biked, ran, and long-boarded over 17 kilometers to Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption.

  • Scaled highest peak of Noshaq Mountain (northwestern Afghanistan face)

  • On Icelandic fishing trawler, earned keep as boatswain (unpaid deckhand) for one day.

I’ll be adding my own experiences here as I remember old memories and make new ones.

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."

  • After summiting my first 14,000 foot peak during the inaugural GORUCK Ascent, I napped in the back of a pickup truck on a dusty Colorado road as we moved to the next campsite.

  • I’ve been caught in a sudden downpour and near flash flood while hiking in Utah canyons. Made it out.

  • In the middle of a nonstop day exploring New York City with some of my closest college friends, we took some time to rest and enjoy each others company while on the rocks in Central Park.

  • I’ve visited the deadliest hot dog stand in the world.

  • Through an open tent on the Yosemite Valley floor, I watched and was lulled to sleep by moonlit Winter rockslides.

  • A giant sea turtle once smacked me in the face with his fin while SCUBA Diving in Hawaii. I later ran out of air at 40 feet. Unrelated.

  • I’ve been on family trips to see ancient petroglyphs in Arizona and played soccer with local kids in the mountains of Romania.

  • I’ve personally seen [what I consider to be] the original stealth aircraft, the Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star, in an Edwards Air Force Base hangar.

  • I cooked and ate a fish I caught with my bare hands in a Colorado stream.

  • I’ve gone skinny dipping with my wife from a pitch black beach in Hawaii.

  • I climbed halfway into the cockpit of one of my favorite aircraft, an F-8 Crusader, at an air and space museum before almost getting caught.

  • I’ve walked 42.5 miles in 14.5 hours.

  • The first vehicle I ever bought with my own money was a motorcycle.

  • I searched for (by hand) and found a shark tooth on the shores of a North Carolina beach.

  • I came in 2nd place in the first mountain bike race I’ve ever entered.

  • I’ve followed bear tracks up a snowy trail on a Virginia mountain.

  • Twice I hit a steel target at 1,000 yards with a bolt action rifle.

  • I got my first tattoo while on vacation in Hawaii. Got my first speeding ticket that same night.

  • I dropped a cantaloupe out of a high rise hotel window into an empty alley in London. It was a lot louder than expected.

  • I turned a 1 day visit into a 3 day, 1,100 mile road trip through California.

  • Drove 40 hours with a friend so that we’d get to camp and mountain bike for 10 (Virginia to Arkansas).

  • I held newborns with AIDS in a Romanian orphanage because others were afraid of contracting the disease and didn't spend time with them.

  • I’ve nearly run over an armadillo while mountain biking in Texas.

  • Enjoyed an ice cold soak (just my feet) in an alpine lake at an altitude of 12,830’ after a week of hiking.

  • The 1,233 photos I’ve shared on Google Maps have a total of 23,978,403 views.

  • The 75 photos I’ve shared on have a total of 34,485,283 views and 253,674 downloads.

  • Invited by, I was part of a small panel at the SoHo Apple Store that gave a talk on how to take better iPhone photos in front of over 70 people.

  • I've written down what I've done daily since May 17, 2011.

  • I've recorded one second of video every day since 2013. Ok, I did miss a few days here and there but not too many.

  • I was the first person to summit both Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford (14,000 foot peaks) on September 3, 2015.

  • I drove 1,400 miles over 44 hours to see the 2016 solar eclipse with my kid brother.

  • I swam within arms reach of Bull Sharks during a shark feeding dive in Fiji. No cage and 80 feet underwater.

  • In last minute planning, I flew to Seattle and took Amtrak back to the East Cost. Traveling 3,282 miles for $266.

  • My wife and I (and pets) have moved 7 times in 10 years.

  • As one of my first times riding a motorcycle off road, I did a 300+ mile trip from Sequoia National Park to Yosemite.

What’s on your "Walter Mitty" Resume?