Goals for 2014
I have this hanging on my wall at home, with hand-drawn boxes to check things off after I achieve them. I’ve been doing this for a few years now.
“The list” is in my living room, reminding me to get up and go have fun when I start to feel lazy. Instead of falling into the doldrums and doing the same favorite hikes again and again, this pushes me to go out and enjoy new experiences. Maybe more importantly, as the year goes by and the page fills with checks, it makes me feel like I’ve been making good use of my time; it’s the cure to worries about squandered youth.
I read something Brendan Leonard wrote, called Make Plans, not Resolutions, and this is my way of doing that.
So what are my plans?
- Kayak on Diablo Lake
- Kayak camp on Ross or Diablo Lake
- Bike the North Cascades Highway
- Bike the Columbia River Gorge
- Bike the Skagit Tulip Flats
- Continue to climb
- Climb more: alpine, multi-pitch, lead
- Backpack a Railroad Grade / Park Butte loop
- Backpack to Stehekin (from Easy Pass? Spider Meadow?)
- Backpack to Sahale Glacier Camp with the nice camera
- Climb Sahale Peak
- Get into the Picket Range (Terror Basin? Grand traverse?)
- Hike in Mount Adams country
- Explore the Goat Rocks
- Play on glaciers
- Hang out with mountain goats
- Sleep outdoors 45+ nights
The last few are “summary goals,” if I do everything else on the list, I won’t be able to help achieving them. This leaves out a few things I know I’ll do anyway, like hike and scramble ridges in the Teanaway, which is how the goats will find me.
Most people who enjoy this blog like the photos, and I don’t want to let you down. Here are a handful of photos relating to the things I plan to do this year.
Diablo Lake shows up three times on my wish list, it’s a glacial lake in the heart of the North Cascades. Later in the season the water slowly turns a beautiful shade of turquoise because of the glacier flower. This was from a very early spring ride.
Sahale Camp sits at the edge of the glacier, and is the highest camp in North Cascades National Park. It looks down on majestic peaks and glaciers, which seemed to radiate in the dark night. This was an amazing thing to see, paid for by a brutal hike. It’s something I need to photograph. Climbing the peak is something I’ve wanted to do for a couple years. Climbing in general may seem like a soft-ball goal; sometimes keeping momentum going is important.