7 New Year’s Resolutions for Hikers + Backpackers


2016 is around the corner, and it’s looking better than ever! Are you stumped on what hiking resolutions to make for the New Year? Grab some inspiration from my list then share your own in the comments below!

1. Do your longest backpacking trip yet.

In 2015, I went on my very first backpacking trip, followed by several others with my longest being five days and four nights in Glacier National Park. In 2016, I want to attempt a six or seven day trip.

2. Go solo.

Again, ‘15 marked my solo debut on the trail, both hiking and backpacking. However, my backpacking trip was only a baby step… This year I want to tackle a more substantial trail, like a 8-10 mile hike with my end-of-summer goal being the Timberline Trail.

3. Backpack in an area you have never been to!

Venture out of town, out of state, or out of country to trails you have only seen in photos. Test out a new climate – I want to challenge myself with some desert backpacking since heat is often a weakness for me.

4. Find the coolest campsite ever.

The spot you’ll forever remember, along with the feelings of utmost satisfaction that come with its discovery.

5. Break your mileage record for a single day.

I think my current number is a little over 12 miles in one day. In 2016, I would like to attempt 15 miles in one day!

6. Do something that scares you.

One of the greatest pleasures of outdoor adventures is breaking out of your comfort zone. In 2016, make it a point to embark on something that intimidates you – not to be confused with “unprepared.” Be realistic and know your limits. I have yet to decide on what this something will be; perhaps that long solo backpacking trip, backcountry skiing, or rock climbing!

7. Lighten up.

Invest in some ultralight items or learn to pack better and less. Becoming an ultralight backpacker doesn’t happen in a day, but we should always be making strides to knocking off weight!


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