30 Peaks by 30:
2. Mt Si (3980′) Central Cascades, WA, 7/13/08
4. Mt Forgotten (6005′) North Cascades, WA, 8/10/08
6. Bald Mountain (4209′) North Cascades, WA, 10/3/09
8. Dirty Harry Peak (4650′) Central Cascades, WA, 6/13/10
9. Bandera Mountain (5200′) Central Cascades, WA, 7/10/10
11. Benchmark Mountain (5816′) North Cascades, WA, 9/3/11
12. Mt Defiance (5584′) Central Cascades, WA, 10/15/11
13. Mt Townsend (6280′) Olympic Mountains, WA, 7/14/12
14. Beckler Peak (5063′) North Cascades, WA, 7/21/12
15. Iron Peak (6510′) Teanaway, WA, 7/27/12
16. Rock Mountain (6852′) North Cascades, WA, 8/3/12
*Married my favorite hiking partner (0′) Seattle, WA 8/19/12
17. Stawamus Chief (2303′) Coast Mountains, BC, 8/23/12
18. Panorama Ridge Point (6700′) Coast Mountains, BC, 8/25/12
20. Hamilton Mountain (2438′) Columbia River Gorge, WA, 1/19/13
21. Mailbox Peak (4841′) Central Cascades, WA, 6/1/13
22. Mt Muller (3748′) Olympic Mountains, WA, 6/9/13
23. Navaho Peak (7162′) Teanaway, WA, 6/15/13
24. Thorp Mountain (5856′) Central Cascades, WA, 6/29/13
26. Mt Dickerman (5723′) North Cascades, WA, 7/27/13
28. Mt Ellinor (5944′) Olympic Mountains, WA, 8/3/13
I personally think of an adventurer as someone who sets a goal to do something they are passionate about and then pursues that goal. The goal could simply be to go for a walk around the neighborhood once a week or making a life list of wildflowers to find along the trail. It could be to bag the tallest peak in your state or to climb all the fourteeners in Colorado. It could be a mission that you will complete in one summer or in thirty years. If the quest feels like an adventure to you and you’ve gotten out of your comfort zone on your way to accomplishing it, then you are an adventurer in my book. As 2014 comes to a close, I encourage everyone to find their inner adventurer and make a goal in 2015 to get out and try something new.
Bonus Camp Reads!
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
If you read this book there is a really good chance that you will soon embark on an epic quest. This is a culmination of Chris’ inspiring vignettes of visiting every country on the planet, incredible stories of amazing people on their own missions and a how-to guide to planning and pursuing your own ultimate quest. This book inspired to make a ‘Life List’ and set new goals every year to continue to pursue a sense of accomplishment.
Car Camp, Day Hike or Backpack? None
This hardback inspirational guide to your next quest is best left at home for planning purposes. Your next mega adventure will likely require light packing.
Halfway to Heaven by Mark Obmascik
I really love this book. I read it a month before I completed my 30 by 30 and it felt like I made a friend on a similar (and much more difficult) journey. Mark is no stranger to embarking on quests, he is the author of The Big Year about his competition with other birders to spy the most bird species in a year. He was forty-four, overweight and father of three when his son convinced him to climb a 14,000-foot peak for the first time. He struggled on the way to the top, but something about that climb launched Mark into his year long mission to summit all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains. Mark’s lighthearted and honest account of his quest is a fun and inspiring read. In the book he passed on a piece of advice that would become invaluable on my own journey: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Car Camp, Day Hike or Backpack? Backpack
The small compact paperback version of the book is perfect for perusing while pursuing the peaks in your life.
Read more about my quest on Chris Guillebeau’s website:
30 Peaks Before Age 30: Ashley Gossens’ Quest