While the changing of a calendar year is certainly pretty arbitrary, it's hard for me not to assess what I did in 2012 and plan for 2013. Not "resolutions", just some backpacking related things I want to make happen.
1. Simplify my gear. I paired down considerably in 2012, ending the year with less than I started with. I resolved to buy no new gear in 2012 and generally did well. I only fudged on two accounts: sold a Montbell Tachyon and bought a Houdini (which I love); sold a MSR Hubba, bought a Solomid, then sold the Solomid and bought another MSR. Somehow I lost no money in all of this. So all in all, a jacket for a jacket and an attempt at a new tent.
The main thing I'm looking at in 2013 is a new pack and hopefully one that will replace the two I currently own. I've been using a Jam for the better part of 4 years and a Granite Gear Vapor Trail for winter/more weight. I'd like to replace both with a single, larger pack, capable of water hauling, carrying extra stuff for the kids, and winter bulk. Likely a ULA Catalyst.
2. Start fishing again! I used to fly fish quite a bit, tie my own flies, etc. I think it's time to get bit by the Tenkara bug. It looks like it's the antidote to the doldrums of western fly fishing that I need. Less stuff, less effort=more likely to fish. I want to start fishing with my kids; I think Tenkara is the way to go for them.
3. Combine some surfing with backpacking in some way. I'm considering looking into leaving the country to do this. I've positively fallen in love with surfing again; riding a remote break with a tent pitched somewhere inland sounds like pure joy.
4. Get the kids out more. They're bigger and stronger; it's high time to step it up with them on some more involved trips.
5. Slow down. I used to be quite enamored with mileage; not so much anymore. I want to trips more centered on getting into and exploring remote places, off trail, rather than simply putting in miles.