From Gamer to Thru-Hiker: My Story

How a twenty-first century gamer took his adventures into the outdoors. A brief hiker introduction.                                                                                                                          

My Youth

I’ve been adventuring all of my life. I’ve crossed frozen wastelands in the north, barren deserts in the south, and fought for my survival against beasts beyond a 10 year old boys imagination. All behind the comfort of my 16:10 computer monitor. Age of Mythology, Runescape, Guild Wars, World of Warcraft; I played them all. Extensively.

Growing up I struggled with social anxiety. I was a spinning image of Hollywoods token nerd; thin, lanky, curly hair, braces, glasses. As a result of being uncomfortable in my own skin, I would take it to massive multiplayer online roleplaying games (mmorpg) to create a new identity for myself. Once I put in my password I was no longer Curtis Murley, I was a courages hero in a fictitious universe. I would spend more time in this universe than I would in our own. 8 to 16 hours a day for 5 years.


Algonquin Provincial Park portage trip, Ontario, Canada

“I’ll stick to painting as long as I can” (Tom Thomson)

Fast forward a couple years, I found myself in my final year of college studying computer science. An alumni student came in to talk to our soon to be graduating class about their experiences after graduating. Since then, my future has never been so clear. I dropped out one semester short of completion… and haven’t looked back.

Since then…

I have travelled all over the world alone, with friends and with family. I have become obsessed with activities that adolescent Curtis would have never even considered like hiking and rock climbing . Most importantly, I am happier and healthier. 

Rock climbing at Rattlesnake Point Ontario, Canada

My  greatest ambition in life is to inspire others to achieve their dreams, take risks and give kindness. Follow along for my biggest adventure yet, a 2000+ mile thru-hike.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch).

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Comments 2

  • George Turner : Nov 7th

    I have 5 max level toons on Arrie Peak and have walked 1750 AT mile in the last 2 years. Planning on finishing up next fall. Maybe I’ll see you out the. Have a blast!

  • Daddy Longlegs : Nov 7th

    No online fantasy world can compare to the enchanted forest that is the AT. If you let yourself ‘be present in the moment’, you’ll experience magic daily that the mundane civilized world can rarely offer. Good Luck on the journey!


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