2019 is coming up fast and a lot of people are thinking about their new years resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. Two years ago I changed my frame of mind around resolutions. There are always the same ones like, save more money, loose x amount of weight, go to the gym so many days a week, etc. There is nothing wrong with these resolutions, but I wanted something different. There is a statistic that by February most people give up on their resolutions.. I have been part of this statistic and wanted to approach the new year with a different mind set, more like a goal for the year that involved being outside. That is when I started looking for challenges that focused on what I loved. Being outside.
52 Hike Challenge: In 2016 I searched the internet for an outdoor challenge to complete in 2017. I came across the 52 Hike Challenge and it felt like a good place to start. With this challenge you hike 52 one mile hikes in a year. I felt I could do that, well it was not as easy as I thought. You can read more about my adventure with this challenge on my blog post. If you are interested in sighing up use my link for 10% off. Offer expires January 10, 2019.
365 Mile Challenge: In 2018 I wanted to continue with my outdoor challenge and set out to find something different. Through Hike Like a Woman I learned about 365 Mile Challenge. The challenge is about doing 365 self propelled miles preferable outdoors. This includes hiking, walking, biking and paddling. My nine year old daughter and I took on the challenge. It was not as easy as I thought it would be, but worth it. Read about our challenge in my blog post.
In 2019 I have a few challenges that I want to take on. I may be getting in over my head, but luckily they all tie into each other with the main goal being outside.
Fire Tower Quest Challenge: About a year ago I found the New Hampshire Fire Tower Quest Challenge. You have to hike 5 our of the 16 Fire towers in New Hampshire. We have done two, but I want to complete the challenge this year with my daughter.
Hike Like a Woman will be coming out with a Hiking Bingo Challenge with some awesome sponsors and prizes for joining the Challenge. Who doesn’t love a game of Bingo especially when it involves outdoor activities. Follow them on social media for more information on the challenge after the new year.
Views and Brews: I’m excited about a challenge that my husband and I can do together. I’m pretty lucky because my husband is always up for an adventure with me, but when he heard there was craft beer involved he was pretty excited. The Views and Brews Patch. you hike the suggested hike and then go grab a beer at the local brewery. “Our Patch is given to people who have visited at least 21 of the 29 Brewpubs in this State, tried at least one of their beers, and hiked/walked to one of the local attractions listed for that Brewpub. To qualify, you must visit the nearby brewpub in the same 48 hour period as you do the associated hike. So, for instance, you can do the hike Saturday and visit the Brewpub Sunday. Or, you can go to the Brewpub Friday night and do the hike the next afternoon. But remember, drink responsibly!” I did notice there are a few of these challenges in other states. So if you live outside of New Hampshire google Views and Brews Patch in your state.
Since I am an ambassador for 365 Mile Challenge I will be partaking in the 365 Mile Challenge again.
I know my year is a little ambitious, but I am hopeful I can finish my goals. I hope you are motivated by these challenges and if you have your own outdoor challenge please let me know what they are.
If you are looking for some place to start to find your trails you can check out my hiking section or my favorite book for exploring the Monadnock Region is the New Hiking the Monadnock Region Book providing some great trail ideas. For a way to track your hikes I love this Hiking Journal pictured below, stickers not included. I will be using this to track all my hikes.
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