The beginning of the year happens to be on of my favorite times of the year. For many, the new years leaves a bad taste in their mouths. The gym is overly packed with too many people who won't keep their resolutions anyways, or people swear to a paleo diet only to find themselves eating rice krispie treats in bed a week later... but for me, it's a time for me to look back on my previous year and reflect. I finally take some time to stop and think about how things went, what I did and where I want to go next.
2014 kicked ass way harder than I thought it would. I set my bar really low last year when I made new year resolutions. I think my biggest goal was to "go climbing more" and "lead more climbs". Well, I did that and much much more... not without my friends from Utah who pushed me to my limits and showed me the world of Alpine and Mountaineering. This really changes things for me. It really changes how I envisioned life for myself... what I valued the most.
Blah blah self-discovery blah. I'll stop boring you with my introspective thoughts and get to the meat of this post... My 2015 New Years Resolutions and Goals. Briefly, I'm super excited for 2015. I want to push myself harder than ever. I want to be an alpinist, and a good one. I'm new, but I've got the basics to start pushing myself to be great.
I've decided to not put myself in a box this year when creating these goals. So, some of these may take stars aligning perfectly and a lot of sweat, blood and tears to get there... but why not aim for the stars? I'm also not 100% made of outdoory'sness, so I'll put some of my nerd goals in here too... so you get to see the whole me, or rather, the whole me I'd like to be.
Allison's 2015 New Years Resolutions in a Random Non-Organized Order
- Do the Matthes Crest Traverse - Just google Matthes Crest Traverse, and you'll understand why I want to be up there ASAP this year.
- Finish Reading "Training for the New Alpinism", develop and focused training plan for my goals, and stick to it.
- More Mountaineering
- Complete 5 more of the California 14ers
- Aid Climbing a bigger route in Yosemite
- More Desert Towers!
- Solo a peak (possible one of the CA 14ers) - I'd just like to see how I handle the loneliness and solitude of being out in the mountains by myself.
- Make 5.10d my comfortable lead climbing grade
- Lead a 5.11a route
- Fall on lead, many times. I need to learn to get out of my head.
- Do the Palisade Traverse (Thunderbolt to Sill)
- Read at least 1 book a month
- Learn to paint with watercolors
- Go to Everest base camp
- Lots of trad
- Temple Crag
- Canyoneering The Seven Teacups
- Pay off car loan
- More Multi Pitch
- Find my comfortable state with Mountain biking
Experience tells me that I will accomplish many of these goals, but I won't accomplish all of them. I will likely also develop new goals and ambitions, and I'm ok with that. Experience also tells me that this will all be really hard work. Nothing worth doing in this world comes easy. I will have my hard days and my easy days, but in the end, I just want to end the year knowing I worked hard, developed stronger friendships, had fun... and bagged some sick peaks along the way.
I'll keep you updated here on this blog throughout the year with photos, stories, and videos.