About The Wilde Escape

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Hi, I’m Eric and I’m here to introduce you to my epic blog, Wilde Escape.

I have had a few blog attempts over the years, but let’s say they didn’t work out to anything. I honestly think only three people even read it. Thanks, Mum!

This time is different! I enlisted a few friends for assistance. I wanted to create a blog that could become a community. My goal, this time, was to direct it towards outdoor recreation.

Welcome to The Wilde Escape!

We all have passions in life. You know what they are for you and I hope this is a site that we can talk bout some that are for me.

For me, it might seem a bit strange but I love gear that can serve multiple purposes. I think that’s my life long goal of trying to become a minimalist. Additionally, I like the concept of always being prepared for whatever life throws at you.


Throughout my life, I was a closed book and an introvert (that is until you get to know me). Overall, I don’t think I have a crazy exciting story, but here we go.

I lived in three states while growing up. My family settled in California. I know, I know we could go into all of it, but let’s face it, it’s California, and don’t hold that against me.

When I’m not working, I love camping, hiking, biking, shooting, and pretty much any outdoor activity. To escape California, I tend to spend a lot of time in Nevada, Oregon, and Utah when I can.

In fact, my last road trip took me to Utah and Colorado. I cannot wait to go back!

I have worked for as long as I can remember. My jobs have included everything from yard work, cleaning houses, house sitting, pet sitting, working at a radio station, gun range safety officer, data entry, sales in a few different retail establishments, tons of customer services jobs, working for an armored truck company, armed guard and many years as a first responder.

I’m sure there are more in there, but that is what I can think about right now.

Eric at Monument CO - Wilde Escape


As I mentioned above, my main passion is gear and equipment. I always seem to have people ask me about the items I use or research over my life. I am even more pleased if the gear has more than one function.

If you are wondering, MacGyver was one of my favorite TV shows growing up.

I also enjoy finding hacks for everyday life. My most recent is when you are cooking eggs, and that darn little shell slips in. Have you ever just used half of the eggshell in your hand. I realized this a few years ago and has changed everything. I no longer have to try and fish out that stubborn little eggshell but can easily scoop it out with the larger, more significant eggshell piece. Game Changer!

Then I decided to look that up on YouTube, and sadly I found this egg hack is old news. Oh well, I thought I was a genius, but I guess not.

The Last Few Years

Over the last few years, my life has taken some pretty crazy twists and turns.

One thing that has helped me out is slowly being an open book. I used to keep everything inside, and after a few decades, I found that’s not healthy or smart to do.

I found that the difficult things I’ve gone through have helped others.

Maybe this is another reason for starting this site as well. Who knew!

A recent example of opening up is growing up in a single-family home. It started with my old job, and a young person was having some difficulties with life in general.

We sat and talked for a while. I even shared some things I faced while growing up. I included that for me, my Mum is the best! Like many others, I owe her my life and am so thankful for everything she has done for me.

Over our talk, I later learned, this individual decided to work on their family relationships and even join a sports team. It was shocking to hear this, and I even found that it also helped me talk about it.

It was an excellent way to connect and help someone out in the process.

Another example I’ll share is that I recently went through a divorce.

To sum up the experience, it was no fun. Looking back, I can see now that it could have been a lot worse than it was. But, sad to say, that was not a good point in my life.

I still spiraled down and did not see any way out of it. It took me about a year to stop feeling sorry for myself. I put on my big boy pants and found a few ways to pick myself back up.

Since the divorce, I have had a few people come to me for advice.

It is interesting to me that tragic things can bring people together.


EW at Arches, UT - Wilde Escape

With all this said, my overall reason for creating this blog is to help people.

I have enjoyed reading and following many blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos over the years. Being able to achieve my life long goal of being a first responder was both challenging and the most rewarding thing I think I’ve done.

If you ever have questions, concerns, or want to say hey, comment on anything I write or send me an email, Eric@WildeEscape.com, and I will get back to you.

All the best,

Founder of Wilde Escape

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