As 2012 is left behind and a new year begins, I have some goals (lofty in some respects, realistic in others) to have a more adventure filled year than 2012. The biggest adventure I’ll be having, is that my wife and I are expecting our second son in March. Nothing on this list will give me more joy than the joy I’ll be experiencing on March 19th (assuming baby #2 is punctual). With all of these things I aim to accomplish in the new year, they will only happen if I can successfully balance adventure and family. It’s very important for me to spend quality time with the fam, and adventuring out in the wild while my wife is at home with two kids both under the age of 4 would put me in the running for worst husband of 2013. So, there needs to be a balance. As part of that balance, I’m looking to try to have more local adventures. Things I can do close to the Twin Cities or the rare northern Minnesota trip. Obviously I’d love to take my wife and sons on all of these excursions, but the boys aren’t old enough for most of them yet.
With that in mind, here are the things I hope to try to do in 2013.
Run a 50 mile Trail Ultramarathon
Last summer I ran my first ultra, the Afton Trail Ultramarathon. It was a great experience, albeit a very tough and challenging one. This biggest commitment of this isn’t the race itself, but the time investment the training necessitates. By my estimation, if I can run 30 miles, what’s another 20? Right? Right? I’ve got my eye on you Superior Trail Race.
Climb at Barn Bluff in Red Wing and Blue Mounds State Park
Taylor’s Falls is great for a Twin Citian such as myself, and there’s still a lot of routes I haven’t done there, but a trip to either Barn Bluff in Red Wing or Blue Mounds our in Luverne would be a lot of fun I believe Barn Bluff is mostly lead climbing, so…
***Bonus Goal ***
Learn how to lead climb..
Mountain bike Cuyuna Trails
Two falls ago I biked Cuyuna and loved it. I hope to be able to take another crack at it.
***Bonus Goal ***
Mountain bike way more often than I did in 2012. After getting a new bike towards the end of 2011, I found it tough find time to hit the trails. Shame on me.
Paddle the Minnehaha Creek Watershed point to point
This is basically in my backyard so I have no reason not to do it, other than low waters because of a drought and the need for an aluminum canoe. But other than that I don’t have a good excuse. It’s pretty meandering and easy from what I understand. Bonus points if I take my (then) 3-year-old son on his first canoe ride.
Hike section of the Superior Hiking Trail
I love hiking in northern Minnesota, but haven’t been able to hike the SHT for a few years. Even if I can only get up there for one or two days, it’d be worth it. I’ve never been up there for the fall foliage….
Run a marathon; either Grandma’s or Twin Cities
I’ve ran a lot of half-marathons and an ultra-marathon but I haven’t run a regular road marathon since I ran Twin Cities in 2008. I’d like to run Grandma’s since I’ve never done it – new experience – but Twin Cities is a lot more convenient.
Sleep outside in the backyard with my son
On the eve of his 2nd birthday I set up the tent and we camped outside in our backyard. Awesome and memorable.
Rock climb Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin with my uncle
My uncle who lives in the Northern suburbs of Chicago takes a trip north with a group of guys to climb at Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin. He has invited my brothers and I on the trip numerous times but the timing has never worked out. Crossing my fingers for 2013.
Participate in the Hoigaard’s challenge
This is a prime candidate to be the first thing on my list I don’t accomplish. A friend of mine recently asked me if I was interested in trying to accomplish the Hoigaard’s Challenge. This includes participating in all three of the following events: The City of Lakes Loppet (XC skiing, Feb. 2-3), The Tri-Loppet (paddle, MTB, trail run, June 23), and the Surly Trail Loppet (trail half-marathon, Sept. 21). Complete all three and you get a pin. Neato. I’ve done the Surly Trail Loppet before and really enjoyed it. The Tri-Loppet is particularly appealing to me because I’ve thought of doing tris before but I don’t swim a lot (not those distances anyway) and I don’t have a road bike. I do however enjoy mountain biking quite a bit, so this is right up my alley. The City of Lakes Loppet however…although it’s something I want to get into more, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve XC skied in my life. That’s why if we ever get around to actually signing up, we’d just be participating. Not competing. But hey, gotta start somewhere right?
What are your goals for more adventure in 2013? Leave a comment below.