New Years Resolutions for 2013

Sunrise at the Antler Campsite, 100 Mile Wilderness

Sunrise at the Antler Campsite, 100 Mile Wilderness

I look forward to New Year’s every year because it gives me a chance to assess my big accomplishments and set new goals for myself. That is just the way I am. Goals, even the ones that take years to accomplish, get me out of the  house.

Before I dive into some of the highlights of this past year and what I hope to accomplish in 2013, I want to note that this was an unusually social year for me on the hiking front, where I did far more hiking with other people instead of my typical solo adventures. Hiking with other people and leading trips is a lot different than going alone, but it has its rewards. I plan to continue doing more group hiking in 2013.

Assessing my resolutions from last year (2012), some of last year’s hiking and teaching-related highlights included:

Resolutions for 2013

  • Finish the Trailwright’s 72 peakbagging list. What a joy it is to hike these peaks and bushwhacks!
  • Make a bigger dent in my Winter White Mountain 4,000 footers.
  • Backpack across Scotland in the 2013 TGO Challenge. Raise money for charity.
  • Finish the last 75 miles of the Maine Appalachian Trail that I need to finish section hiking the state.
  • Qualify as a 4 season (winter) Appalachian Mountain Club Hiking/Backpacking leader
  • Start a 4 season, bushwhacking and backpacking adventure trip series, cross-listed with the Boston AMC and the Random Group of Hikers Meetup Group, to climb some of the more remote peaks and mountain ranges in the White Mountains and Northern New Hampshire. Day long bushwhacks are fun and so are multi-day backpacks: I want to combine the two in order to hike lost trails and visit some of the wilder places in the northeast.
  • Continue giving lots of backpacking and hiking talks at REI and other venues.
  • Expand my trail maintenance efforts with the Trailwrights.
  • Get in the best shape of my life.
That should keep me out of trouble.

What are your hiking goals for 2013?

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10 Responses to New Years Resolutions for 2013

  1. Grant December 28, 2012 at 10:04 am #


    your 2012 accomplishments and 2013 goals are both very impressive! I think it is great that you are giving so much of your knowledge back to the outdoor community. I noticed you also included getting into the best shape of your life to the 2013 goals; how do you plan to do that? I wish you the best of luck in reaching all of your goals!


    • Earlylite December 28, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      The usual. Lots of hiking with a heavy pack. Lots of winter hiking in NH – lots, and lots of core work with kettlebells, bosu balls, medicine balls, body bar, trx, waterwalking. I reckon working out 3 hours a day should do it. I’m not in bad shape now, but I want to trim down a bit and boost my core strength. I want to have some pretty heavy duty adventures over the next decade. Time to get serious.

  2. Liz December 28, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Not sure my goals for 2013, hiking-wise. Last year’s goal was to complete the NH 4000 footers, so maybe this year will be to put a dent in ME and VT. I also want to do more backpacking and lead more trips with the AMC. Do you have any suggestions for more hiking goals?

    My biggest goal for 2013, though, is training for and running Boston Marathon. I’m very excited!

    • Earlylite December 28, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Well – you could qualify to be a winter leader, section hike the New Hampshire AT (backpack), hike the 100 mile wilderness, or come bushwhacking with me this winter. :-)

      • Liz December 28, 2012 at 11:39 am #

        I believe I am signed up for the Mt. Huntington bushwhack with you….as a CL no less!

  3. Chris December 30, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Very nice! I follow your blog. Wish I could get outdoors more. Good luck with the 2013 resolutions.

  4. Jim S December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    I just want to get back on the trail more. I have a veiw on my ride to work that just happen to look towards Franconia Ridge. a goal of mine is to hike all the peaks in that veiw. I’ve got a start on it but need to try to finish.
    Getting on the trail after so many years away has been such a pleasure and enjoyable. I forgot how much I missed being in the woods. More trails and more backpacking is in order for this upcoming year.

    • Earlylite December 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Good for you – may the forest be with you!

  5. mazzachusetts January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    – Finish the second half of my 48
    – Section Hike the southern half of the NH AT.
    – Some longer multiday trips
    – 20+ Camping/backpacking trips
    – Try a canoe Camping trip

    • Earlylite January 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      You’ve got the bug. Have a great year!

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