Poll: What’s Your Big Adventure Goal for 2016?

Making resolutions? Breaking them? Here you can be accountable to your 2017 self.


Do you believe in making resolutions? I used to bow to them every year and most years I hung on for about six months before punting in a wanton lack of discipline or interest. Now I make goals. Actually, I make just one goal: to do, see, or experience 30 new things every year.

Most of these are adventure-, nature-, and travel-related. At the beginning of 2015, I knocked off a couple nearby objectives, mountain biking to the epic Goat Canyon trestle in Carrizo Gorge and hiking deep into the Agua Tibia Wilderness. Then, because I lead trips in Morocco a couple times a year, I turned to learning my numbers in Arabic. I checked off eight adventure list destinations on a fall canyonlands excursion, including finally hiking Wire Pass, above, and then right after Thanksgiving pulled the trigger on the biggest “new” of all, launching Adventure Journal Quarterly.

I’m a big believer in lists, and I religiously use Google Earth, forums, Evernote, and my state atlases to find and maintain the places I want to visit and things I want to do. Thirty seems just the right number – enough to push you a little, not so much that it’s out reach with a job and family. And as I look back on 2015, I don’t feel dismay at the pounds I didn’t lose or the PRs I didn’t set, but instead have gratitude for the memories I was able to make.

That’s me. How about you?

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Paul
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    My adventure theme for 2016 is pushing boundaries

  • rick
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    Just…. MORE

  • RadBoarder
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    Be more connected to the earth

  • Canyon m..
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    Pick me the sun is bright

  • MJ
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    More with my kids. Get them out more before they realize there are other things people do.

  • Al
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    More nights under the stars!

  • Ryan
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    Climb something big.

  • Oliver
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    Deeper.

  • LmnMrng3.14
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    I just want to get outside more. Particularly, I want to leave the gym and take my workouts outside.

  • Eric
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    More adventures

  • DF
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    Get outside more, more doing it, less thinking about it!

  • Brandon
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    more paddling!

  • Victoria
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    climb out west

  • Matt
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    more miles on dirt and less miles on asphalt

  • pat
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    DWS

  • Dane Greenwell
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    Going to Easter Jeep Safari in Moab! Plus get in a little better shape for mountain biking 😉

  • Sirenofshed
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    white rim in a day

  • Adam
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    Hut-to-hut MTB trip!

  • Dale
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    Less office time more filming in the wilderness time!

  • Chris
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    To put less focus on speed, strength, and PRs, and more focus on experience, exploring new outdoor passions, and making connections with other wild, like-minded adventurers.

  • Shawn
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    This year’s about overcoming injury and running more!

  • Dennis
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    The picture looks like the black hole in Southern Utah. Goal to finally mountain bike in Scotland!!!

  • Chris
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    Work less.

  • Lindsay
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    Show my kids more of the beautiful outdoors.

  • Noah
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    I want to ride my bicycle from san diego to san fransisco.

  • Regina
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    More “more”!

  • Chris
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    Do all of the things!

  • DanO
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    This year I will only eat vegetables grown and picked by the Blind Nuns of Vincenza on a Sunday Morning. Or just try to stay away from Culver’s… either way.

  • Brian
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    Spear a fish with a homemade spear.

  • JP
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    More camping, more kayaking, more hiking, more biking, more exploring…

  • Craig
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    More doing, less talking.

  • Guy
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    Definately get out more, and get my adventure tour business running 🙂

  • Ian
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    Getting close to 30 and starting to feel that pang in my gut that tells me I’m missing something deeper in life and “out there” is where to find it…

  • St
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    Out more..experience more

  • Jake
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    Make it happen

  • DK
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    After reading the parody of the woman who ran a marathon without telling anyone, I would like to do something significant without telling anyone or posting anything.

  • Lili
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    Hopefully work won’t get too much in the way. Hard to train or go in the wilderness when you work 12h+ in remote places…

  • Chris
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    Ticked half of them … Going to be a busy year.

  • Bernardo Nietmann
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    RIDE MORE !

  • Blaine
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    Continue Getting out there!

  • Tony
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    Now that I’ve retired. Definitely get out there a lot more.

  • Aaron
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    Get out more, get fitter, faster, and climb in a more alpine style.

  • Brian
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    Longer and deeper paddling trips

  • Dean
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    Cross Canada road trip this summer and get out and climb more. I need a clean 5.11 outside the gym this year.

  • Brett K.
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    Get out more & have more fun out there

  • Justin
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    I resolve to do all the things I want to do.

  • Alexander
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    We must go deeper!!

  • Kristaps
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    2016 – here I come

  • Will
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    At risk of outing myself as a non-serious skier, what is “skiing the cycle”? I’m intrigued!

  • Jared
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    Climb harder, conquer climbing fears, and camp more.

  • Phillip
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    Pretty sure I’m leaving Florida this summer or Denver. Can’t wait to see those Rockies again. For me it’s all about, not in the swamp

  • Linds
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    Challenging myself to get out there more and showing my kids how to enjoy the outdoors.

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