2012 was a no over night hike year for me due to vast amounts of work, health issues, totally redecorating the appartment, lots of international travel, and general exhaustion when I had time off. I am chilling in a rural house in southern France for two weeks over the holidays, and hiking in the Black Mountains on day hikes everyday, thinking about next year and what to do.
Hiking really helps me think, and has since I started years ago. Just being in the mountains with fresh air and views clears it all away. I live in downtown Barcelona, so walks along the beach have to do during the the high intensity work periods. I am always thinking about how I could change my life to live in the hills and hike all the time.
2013 starts with too much work, but no big trips, so I can factor in some serious time off.
First thing I'm going to aim for is to save as much money as possible. We decided we have everything we need for a while, so, no worries.
Second is do more work for me, and finish a couple of projects, and show some work and organize a few shows.
Third is think about doing a few weeks in the Pyrenees in July, just wandering around, sections of GRD and HRP etc and convincing my wife to come along. I really missed my annual visit this year, but I had three weeks shooting in southern France in July, so I can't complain.
I have honed my gear down to the absolute minimum over the last few years, Golite Ion, Rab TopBag, MLD Cuben SoloMid and I go no cook, so fast and light for me. If the wife comes along, I will bring the palace, Golite Hex, and a stove for cups of tea. No need to buy any more gear this year.
I haven't made it past summer yet in terms of plans. We are thinking of relocating due to the political situation in Cataluña, so who knows what that may entail. Always up for an adventure.
All the best to everyone for 2013.