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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Where do you take friends and family when they come to visit?
Is it on your favorite hike, to a great coffee shop, to the biggest shopping mall, or somewhere else?
For me, though a few places make the list, bringing people to the most grand and gorgeous gear shop near me is an absolute must.
Most of us are not professional athletes or full-time outdoor adventurers. Though our Instagrams and bookmarked pages might be filled with visually awesome, sweeping views and activity driven content, taking significant trips in the outdoors requires time, money, gear, education and preparation.
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