"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something." -Neil Gaiman
My goal for 2021 was to log and hike 100 miles. I use All trails which is a great resource and helps me log everything. According to All Trails my stats are as follows: 169 trail miles, 42,382 ft Elevation gain, 88:49:23 moving time, 35,144 calories burned, and 45 hikes logged in 2021. I feel like I really evolved as a hiker this year. To put it in perspective; in 2020, I only hiked 22 trails which gave me a total of 79 miles for the year.
One of my other goals for 2021 was to hike Mount Katahdin for the first time. Luckily, I started trying to plan my hike and had a friend reach out to me saying she had done it a few times and was ready to tackle the mountain again! To get in shape for Mount Katahdin, as I had obviously never done anything like it, I started looking at similar mountains to climb in Maine. I had read about and seen some images posted from the "Maine 4K" list and decided that tackling a couple of those mountains before "Mama K" was going to be the best way to get in shape. Little did I know, that once we did our first hike and crossed two of those mountains off the list, I would create another new goal for 2021. I wanted to complete the entire Maine 4K list in 2021.
If you have read my previous post, you know I was also able to complete the Maine 4K list this year! It came down to the wire as far as how comfortable I would be on a 4,000+ foot mountain in winter conditions but I was able to complete it and it was absolutely amazing! Read about it here: My Journey Through the Maine 4,000 footer list
I have a few goals in the works for 2022 and I'm excited to see where things go! I plan on filing for my LLC, studying like crazy to work towards my Maine Guide license, trying to build my social media platforms, learning how to use most of the functions of my new Garmin Outdoor GPSMap 66I and furthering my knowledge to become a better outdoorswoman. I also signed up for the Hike365 challenge which is a challenge to hike 365 miles in 365 days. Which, if I don't make it, at least I know it pushed me to coordinate more hikes and get more miles under my belt.
What are your goals for 2022? Respond in the comment section!