Hi, I'm Ken Waletzki. In 2021 I will complete 60 heliocentric orbits of the sun. This is a big achievement for me. Orbiting the sun 60 times has been a near-term goal of mine ever since I turned 59.
I spent too many years sitting in front of a computer screen working on technology. In 2001 I left a decent enough company that provided a comfortable living, but there's more to life than that magic that can be done with my brain and fingers. So, I decided to balance my life with technology development and outdoor recreation.
In the years after leaving hardcore technology development I have traveled as far as Tasmania; ran the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, biked the 200 miles of the STP in a day; mountain biked the trails of Bend Oregon, Moab and Springdale, Utah; lived next to Zion National Park; watched the sunrise over the jungle in Guatemala from a Myan pyramid; climbed the Roman siege ramp at Masada in Israel; kayaked in Alaska; solo climbed a 5th class route on Half Dome in Yosemite; and so much more. But maybe I'm wrong, and on my death bed one day I'll say, "I wish I spent more time in front of a desk."
"'Trying' is the first step towards failure"
-- H. Simpson
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
- Robert F. Kennedy
"Are you going to eat that?"
- K. Waletzki