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$5,840
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
129
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 30 2019 5:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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While freight train hopping and hitchhiking from Missouri to Oregon and down to Mexico, there was one item I never left home without: my journal. I recorded my adventures when I should have been calling my girlfriend to let her know I hadn't been kidnapped by a meth head trucker or fallen while free solo rock climbing high above the desert.

Everything I Loved More is an illustrated collection of seven true short stories that I pulled from the heart of that journal. Together they address an important journey, one of a young man attempting to combat his mental health problems with a potent dose of recklessness–and just how well it almost works.

Every story is 100% true. Good and bad.

Chapter 3 "El Arete Libre" illustrated by Jasmin Menez
Chapter 3 "El Arete Libre" illustrated by Jasmin Menez
An excerpt from Chapter 1 "That Hungry"
An excerpt from Chapter 1 "That Hungry"

Who we are: 

Dakota Walz (me) and my wife, Jasmin Menez, are the creative team behind Everything I Loved More. I write the words and she makes the book easy to look at. That is, she illustrates and creates the layout. Between the two of us, we have over 20 years of storytelling and other creative endeavors behind us.

This is our second publication together. The first being Northern Buttey: Rock Climbs of North Dakota, which was successfully Kickstarted and sold out last year. We learned a great deal from that project and used the experience to up our game with this more intimate piece of work, which explores not only my adventures but our relationship.


Who is the book for?

This book is for a wide array of people who like or like to read about, adventure and travel. It is for those who daydream of their first road trip, to those who have spent years on the road or on mountaintops becoming intimately, even painfully, familiar with true adventure.

If you are the person stuck at a railroad crossing wondering, "Why in the hell would anyone risk their life to jump on that nuisance?" Your answer is right here in chapter 1.

If you're the person spending your life chasing the next adventure to the ends of the Earth wondering, "Why would I ever want to go home?" I can't answer that for you, but chapter 7 may help you avoid some critical mistakes I made when I wanted to be anywhere other than home.


Advance praise for Everything I Loved More:

"A fun romp around the U.S. train hopping, hitchhiking, and free solo rock climbing. The type of youthful adventure you can only have with no money, unlimited time to waste, and reckless curiosity and ambition." 

- Brendan Leonard, author of Sixty Meters to Anywhere and Semi-Rad 

“Most folks like to think of themselves as open minded, but for most of us that means the door is only partly cracked open. Dakota kicks the door off the hinges and steps through with abandon. He follows impulses many of us have, but never indulge.” 

- Jeremy Collins, author & filmmaker of DRAWN and Italy's Adventure Awards Days - Storyteller of The Year 2018 

"I was honored to work on Everything I Loved More with Dakota and Jasmin. It's clear how much passion they put into the book. Jasmin's illustrations are beautiful, and Dakota has some of the wildest stories I've ever heard."

- Kevin Corrigan, editor for Everything I Loved More and digital editor at Climbing Magazine


Why are you asking for a handout?

We're not! Although, I can see how it looks that way. Let me explain:

We're on Kickstarter to get an understanding of how many books we should be committing to print. If we make our goal, I can confidently send out for that number of books knowing I won't lose a small fortune on a passion project. In exchange, you get the chance to get the book discounted during this pre-sale opportunity! 


OK, but why are you asking for so much?

We're self-publishing and dang is it an expensive thing to do! The major expense is printing, especially since every copy is in color on high quality stock. On top of that, add the costs of audiobook production, shipping, and weird taxes/fees, and suddenly the production budget alone for 2,000 copies is $8,000! And that's not even including what it would have cost to have to hire an illustrator and designer to layout the book for us. (Thanks Jas!)

It's taken more money and work than I anticipated, but we're very happy with the product of our labors. It's no wonder now why everyone tries so hard to sell out to big name publishing companies! 

Rewards:

We put a lot of effort into choosing relevant rewards that place the proper value on your contributions. Our backers are an essential part of the team, and our rewards aim to reflect their effort. With that in mind we included major discounts on both the print and audio versions of the book!

Risks and challenges

Between committing to share these personal stories, working out terrifying budgets, and staying up late finding the trillionth typo, we've had so many challenges. And luckily, most of them are almost in the rear-view. Looking forward, our biggest challenge is going to be getting the word out.

Our biggest risk is deciding how many books to print and how to afford it. Which is why we're here!

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    FIRST ASCENT Package

    Climb with Dakota and help establish a new first ascent in the Front Range of Colorado. Come out to learn a few tricks of the trade, pick his brain about whatever you like, or even just be the first to climb and name a new rock climb. Do as much or as little work as you're comfortable with. All levels of rock climber qualify.

    Dakota has put up many first ascents from Zion to Rocky Mountain National Park ranging from moderate mega link-ups to steep, spooky 5.13 gear lines. Whether it's chossy alpine granite or bullet proof desert sandstone he's done it.

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