2016 Summer Journal

2016 Objectives

Every January we sit down to make a list of Outdoorsy Objectives that we would like to complete over the course of the next year. These are sort of like New Year’s Resolutions, but are a little more concrete – less “eat healthier” and more “climb X mountain and compete in Y race.” We’ll update this list as we check things off!

Alyssa & Will – Stoked for our 2016 Outdoorsy New Years Resolutions!

Shared Objectives:

  • Get married!!
    We’re getting married in September. I won’t bore you with the details, but yes – we’re super excited!
  • ✘ Compete in the Sinister Night Run
    Update 4/16/16 – Looks like the timing won’t work out for this one… Next year!!
    This will be a great training opportunity for our events later in the summer. Plus, running an entire race at night is so novel!
  • Run-Bike the Lionhead-Targhee Loop
    Last year we sketched out a great route on the Continental Divide in West Yellowstone that encompasses Lionhead, Bald, and Targhee peaks (not to be confused with the Grand Targhee ski resort, which lies ~100 miles to the south.) We’ll do most of the mileage on our bikes then switch over to running to bag the peaks. At ~30 miles and ~5k feet of gain, it’s going to be a fun day with some seriously epic Montana scenery.
  • Complete the R2R2R trail run
    A trail run from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the North Rim, and then back. All in all it’s about 45 miles of running and 11k feet of elevation gain / loss. Hilde won’t be able to join us on this one, unfortunately.
  • Run the Middle Teton
    The Middle Teton was our radar last year but we just couldn’t quite squeeze it in. A narrow weather window and tight travel plans kept us from it last year, but 2016 is the time to get that peak!

Alyssa’s Objectives:

  • ✓ Be able to skate ski in “zone 2” for a full hour
    Update 4/1/16 – Success! It took a lot of floundering but by the end of the season I was able to skate around the Rendezvous Trails for 2-2.5 hours at a time without feeling like I was going to die. 🙂 
    I’m currently learning to skate ski and am struggling to maintain good form for long periods of time, which means that my heart rate spikes incredibly high and I need to take lots of breaks. I’m hoping to improve my form so that I can ski efficiently and keep my heart rate down for longer ski sessions.
  • Mountain Bike the White Rim in Two Days
    The White Rim is a 100 mile loop in Moab, Utah. I’m hoping to bike the entire loop in two 50 mile days – making for both an incredible trip and great training for the Silver Queen in July. Will won’t be joining this one as it’ll be a ladies-only trip!
  • Run the Leadville Marathon
    Training for the Silver Queen! Plus, a great excuse to hang out in Leadville for a few weeks.
  • Ride & Run the Leadville “Silver Queen”
    The pinnacle of my summer: a 50 mile mountain bike race followed by a 50 mile trail run the next day! Each leg (they’re on the same course) covers about ~7300 vertical feet of gain/loss. So stoked for this, and also somewhat terrified.

Will’s Objectives:

  • Compete in the Power of Four in Aspen
    I got a small taste of the skimo world last year and am ready for more. The Power of Four will be a big test piece to see where I am with my training for this year.
  • Compete in the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse in < 10 hours
    This was my first ever endurance event last year in 2015. I’d like to go back this year with the same partner and shave 2 hours off our time. The biggest problem is that we’re on the waitlist. If anyone has access to tickets, let me know!
  • Compete in the Nomad 48 Adventure Race
    I had an awesome time competing in my first adventure race last September. This year we plan to step it up with a longer event in June. If that goes well I hope to do more adventure racing in the future!
  • Run the Madison Range Traverse
    I’ve been eyeballing this cross-country traverse of some of southwestern Montana’s most beautiful peaks for a while now. The goal is to start near Quake Lake and travel north through the highest points of the southern Madison Range ending after ~50 miles at the top of Big Sky’s Lone Peak.

Non Outdoorsy New Years Resolutions:

Alyssa wants to make a 2016 yearbook (check out the 2015 book below or click here – it won’t display below if you have adblock on!) and up the ante with a short 2016 video. Will wants to take more photos, read more books, and catch a fish while dry-flying (he isn’t a very good fisherman – his words, not mine.) Together we want to work on saving more money than we spend and sticking to a budget that we define at the beginning of each month.


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Do you have big plans for 2016?
Tell us about them in the comments below!

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  • Looks like you’ll be spending some time in Colorado!

    • Sure will! About a month between Will’s Nomad race in CO Springs and the Silver Rush in Leadville. Let’s meet up!

  • Alicia Baker

    Awesome!!!! Great goals to have. I like that you have shared and personal goals. I have thought about blogging my 2016 To-Do list, but don’t want others to do them before me! Haha you could say I’m a little competitive! Love your pics, as always. Alicia @ http://www.girlonahike.com

    • You know – I was a little bit worried about putting them out there too, but mostly because I didn’t want anybody to think we were “copying” Heather (Just a Colorado Gal) on her R2R2R plans. Then I realized that was silly… everybody should be able to get out and do the adventures they want to do! Who cares if someone else bags your goal ahead of you. It doesn’t detract from your accomplishment at all!

  • Wow, you guys make me feel like a slacker! I haven’t fully decided on my resolutions for the year, my first one should probably be to make some. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures! Oh, and September is the very best month to get married 🙂

    • Objectives > Resolutions! Easier to make and stick to, IMO. 🙂

      • Preet Anand

        ^ word. Resolutions are more faddy and prone to seasonality while Objectives and goals are things you want to do. Important to have the systems to help you get there!

  • Hayden h

    We’ll be working on building our first tiny house to save money while I complete school. We’re also hoping to travel more with the money we save and I’m hoping to enjoy Backpacking In the Mtns of Southern Utah as soon as it warms up a little bit. Your blog has been an inspiration for us to downsize and enjoy getting out more.

    • Awesome!!! Yay for the tiny house, yay for finishing school, yay for travel! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Jealousy does not even begin to describe my feelings agh!!! The 2015 album looks great and an early congrats on your September plans!

    • Thank you Adrian! Don’t get jealous – get out there! What are your plans for 2016?

      • This year will definitely include more outdoor opportunities than 2015 so that’s in improvement! I’m staying hunkered down until I finish a degree (hopefully March) then I’ve got plans to visit friends in Hawaii and Colorado around April. But it sounds like I should try and keep September open ehh? Hehe

        • Alyssa

          Congrats on the degree, that’s huge! Have fun in Hawaii and Colorado!

  • VM

    Work on the recovery phase of skate skiing – glide as long as you can on each side. This will improve your balance and help to learn to keep the tempo down a bit while still moving forwards!

  • Camille Hollett-French

    So great! My significant other and I are doing the same thing right now. We just quit our jobs in Toronto and bought our little bus today. Working on floors this week, then we’ll finish it off as we head across the country to Vancouver then down the coast to LA–all with our cat Heshwanker!
    Our goal is to live as simply as possible and to focus on a very few, specifically chosen things (ie, my writing and acting, his cooking and feeding the world–in a nutshell!)
    Love your site. Your beautiful home is already serving as inspiration for us. Thanks 🙂
    You can find us on Instagram…