2) I will stop insisting that my loved ones participate in or listen to stories about my walks and will show palpable appreciation for their tolerance.
3) I will endeavor to keep my gear purchases at least equivalent to if not less than my basic living purchases.
4) I will learn how to make for myself by myself with readily available materials the same piece of gear that costs $400 in the outdoor stores.
5) I will strive to add even a bit of basic color coordination and flatterability to my walking wardrobe.
6) I will develop other muscles than my legs.
7) I will pick up a piece of litter that isn’t mine on every walk.
8) I will invite a non-walker on a good walk, even though it means I will have to walk more slowly and most likely on a trail. I will not complain (not even silently) or walk a great distance ahead of them.
9) I will volunteer for trail maintenance in the places I love to walk.
10) I will purchase local as much as possible and support my local walking organizations.
11) I will offer to speak to local youth groups or schools about walking and encourage a love of nature.
12) I will clean my dog’s poo off of the trail. (If you’re REALLY a saint: I will clean other dog’s poo off of the trail.)
13) I will create an interesting route from scratch.
14) I will learn basic wilderness skills and emergency procedures and vow to be responsible for myself out there.
15) I will start a nature-oriented blog and share my passion.
16) I will not poo-poo people who make gear choices that are different than mine.
17) I will reach out to a novice walker and offer them guidance.
18) I will take a child out for a decent wilderness experience.
19) I will take a political interest in protecting wild land and walker’s rights on it.
20) I will do a walk in total silence at least once a month.
21) I will learn how to cloud bust.
22) I will stop eating chocolate by the handful when I am not on the trail.
23) I will learn the finer points of food dehydration.
24) I will participate in the walker blogging community. (they are such a fun lot )
25) I will leave a gift for a walker along a long-distance trail route during hiking season.
26) I will not sled down a remote hill on my camp shovel without securing some foam padding to the seat of it.
27) I will not let 10 days go by without doing a significant walk.
28) I will make peace with (insert aspects of walking that you hate) (for me = postholing, bogsloshing, wet shoes, early morning winter camp breakdowns, and ramen noodles)
29) I will lose my self righteousness about (insert what you’re most proud of about yourself) (for me = packing light, eating well, sanitation)
30) I will learn how to (insert new skill for enjoying the outdoors) (for me = kayak, climb, cross-country ski, paraglide)
31) I will write poems, stories, blog posts, stream–of-consciousness blabberings, wise insights into life, song lyrics, love letters, notes about the route, and/or gear instructions on every walk.
32) I will pimp my pack.
33) I will stop subjecting expensive electronics to the elements.
34) I will hike naked at least once.
35) I will protect my facial skin from the slicing effects of the wind with a good face cream.
Submit your resolutions and have a fantastic New Year!