‘Bro, Turn That $#%& Off!’ 21 Questions With Semi-Rad’s Brendan Leonard

Which president would Brendan Leonard most like to slap? And what has become his latest personal obsession (hint: it has nothing to do with the outdoors)? Here’s everything you’ve wondered about the Semi-Rad author, and more, in our 21 Questions.

For as seriously as we outdoor faithful take our adventures, we also know how ridiculous — and fulfilling — a life outdoors can be. And perhaps no one captures that better than Brendan Leonard. His blog, Semi-Rad, has won over throngs of adventure-seekers with absurd drawings, hilarious critiques, and heartfelt motivations.

We corralled Leonard to tell us what makes him tick. Turns out, he used to own Denver’s most infamous van life van, loves ranch jelly beans, and has one serious pet peeve you might be guilty of.

Tom Gathman The Real Hiking Viking
How to Grow an Epic Beard? 21 Questions With The Real Hiking Viking
One of thru-hiking's most iconic and irreverent personalities, Tom 'Jabba' Gathman — aka The Real Hiking Viking — swung by the GearJunkie studio to sit in the hot seat. And we learned more than we ever could have imagined. Read more…

Adam Ruggiero

Adam Ruggiero is the Editor In Chief of GearJunkie.

Adam has been covering daily news and writing about cycling, camping, hiking, and gear of all kinds for 15+ years. Prior to that, Adam lived in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, at which time he realized he’d never have a “normal job.” His pastimes — farming, bike racing, and fitness — provided a gateway to all manner of physical challenges and recreation outdoors.

Based in Kansas City, MO, Adam tests as much gear as he can get his hands, feet (and dog) into each and every day. As editor in chief, he works to maintain GearJunkie’s voice, style, and commitment to accurate and expert reporting across every category.