by Austin Campbell December 29, 2015

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6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Eve is only a few days away and it's time to contemplate making New Year's Resolutions. Let's ditch the usual resolutions and instead keep things simple and resolve to have more adventures this year. To that end, we've gathered 6 fun outdoor goals to help inspire your New Year's Resolutions. 


Plan a Long Distance or Thru-Hike

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

One of our New Year Resolutions is to make time for a long distance backpacking trip. If you have the time, planning to hike one of the long trails can be the experience of a lifetime. The Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, or Continental Divide Trail all make great options for the hiker that has the freedom to spend a few months on the trail. If life and work won't let you spend several months hiking, plan the longest backpacking adventure possible. Even one week out on the trail will change how you see yourself, the world, and your priorities. 

More Reading: Are you new to backpacking? Check out Tips from Jennifer's First Backpacking Trip


Enter an Adventure Race 

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

Make an Adventure Race your New Year Resolution and you'll make all of your friends making resolutions to run a 5k feel like wimps. Depending on the race you choose you'll be hiking & running over an unmarked wilderness course, relying on your orienteering skills to get you to each checkpoint and hopefully the finish line. Most Adventure Races last from several hours to several days, and will test your endurance, determination, and push you to the limits of your abilities. 
POCAR:Enter The Purdue Outing Club Adventure Race January 16th. 


Become a Better Photographer

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

You've probably heard the phrase "pictures or it didn't happen," and we think capturing our adventures and sharing with friends is part of what makes adventure worthwhile. Pictures not only let us remember all the fun times we've had in the great outdoors but when we share photos on social media we spread the love of adventure and inspire others to get outside. So let's make a New Year Resolution to read a photography book, sign up for a photography class, or just take more photos.

Share Your Adventures: Tag @_cloudline in your adventure photos on Instagram and you could be featured on our page. 

More Reading: 15 Tips for taking better adventure photos with your iPhone.


Take Up a New Outdoor Pursuit

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

A great New Year Resolution is to learn or spend more time on an outdoor pursuit. Winter is the perfect time to take a class at your local climbing gym, learn to ski, try snowshoeing and more. If your chosen pursuit is a summer activity you can read up on it or save for gear so you are ready to get outside next spring.

More Reading: Check out our Flipboard for magazines focused on a variety of outdoor pursuits.  


Explore a National Park You've Never Visited

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

The National Park system offers some of the best hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, and wilderness in the world. The United States alone has 59 National Parks, add to that the 38 National Parks in Canada and there is bound to be a park you've never had a chance to explore. Make a New Year Resolution to visit at least one National Park for the first time this year. 

More Reading: Check out our National Parks magazine on Flipboard for inspiration.

More Reading: Our 8 Best National Parks to Visit in Winter.


Embrace the Dirtbag Lifestyle

6 Outdoor Goals for Your New Year's Resolutions

The term Dirtbag usually refers to climbers who focus on their sport by living simply and cheaply, often living in a van. Calling an adventurer a Dirtbag isn't an insult, but a high compliment. This year focus on aligning your priorities so you can spend more time outside enjoying more adventures. The Dirtbag lifestyle isn't for everyone, but no matter what your situation you can make a New Year Resolution to incorporate the love of adventure and a focus on experiences over possessions into your daily life. Even if you can't sell most of your possessions, buy a van, and adventure full time, make an effort to find your inner Dirtbag and we guarantee you will have a happy year!

More Reading: Check out our Dirtbag magazine on Flipboard and 11 Reasons Van Life Should Be in Your Future

Listen: The Dirtbag Diaries podcast will inspire you to embrace your inner Dirtbag.


Planning a Winter Camping or Backpacking Trip? Read our 11 Tips for Winter Camping and Backpacking. 

Austin Campbell
Austin Campbell

Austin lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.

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