About Me. Early Years.
I’m Brandon Waddell. Born in Colorado in the early 70s. Like a lot of little boys, I began my love affair with the outdoors fishing with my father. We’d fish local lakes and rivers on the eastern slope of the Rockies, catching Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout. As a kid you just loose yourself in the entire experience.
I was hooked. I went on the path of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and really immersed myself into learning anything I could about the outdoors. I learned outdoor etiquette, how to be careful with fire, conservation, and just general respect for animals and the planet. As a Scout, I was also introduced to shooting sports where I learned to shoot a bow, and a .22 rifle.
Scouting was the foundation to my love for the outdoors.
Later In Life. I Was A Mess.
After 8 years of Scouting I fell into a trap. As a teenager, girls and partying proved to be a huge distraction. I spent many years being a mess up. I got into trouble and I did not spend any time in nature. I was unhealthy and doing unhealthy things. I spent time in jail. I had relationships with women and fathered some wonderful children. But I wasn’t making anything work or stick. Thepotential of serious prison time was very real. I was in a bad place. Something had to change.
Getting My Act Together
Later on, I was reunited with my high school sweetheart – we married and had some more kids. We purchased a ranch in Hesperus, CO, very near Durango. We now share 9 wonderful children together. A “yours, mine, ours and theirs” blended family! I finally found some stability. This is when and where I set off to become the man that I could be proud of and my kids and family could rely on. I got healthy.
Purchasing the ranch reconnected me to the land and the outdoors. I was beyond committed to my new-found metamorphosis and the wilderness was my salvation. Owning the property re-introduce me to wildlife, hunting and respecting what the beautiful outdoors has to offer. It has also lead him to wander into more and more remote wilderness, pursuing Elk, Mule Deer and Black Bears, primarily with a bow. In a sense, I was inspired with everything “beyond the end of the road”.
With my new-found passion for the wilderness – for life, health, and family – I feel compelled to share stories about the place that literally gave me a second chance. Our mission at Wilderness Attitude is to share positive, enlightening and informative stories of amazing adventures from men and women who live in the spirit of the wilderness attitude!
The Wilderness bring so much to so many people – let’s go explore.