I like goals. I also like round numbers. So setting a goal like summiting forty peaks before my fortieth birthday seems like a no-brainer to me. It also seems just a little too easy; after all, I have four years to go. That’s ten peaks a year–totally doable. But I also have kids and a full-time job and, I don’t know, sometimes I would rather sit on my ass and drink wine than lace up my hiking boots.
(As a matter of fact, I’m drinking wine while I type this, but I digress.)
I’ve hit seven peaks already, most of them in Virginia, so maybe it won’t be so easy to reach another 33. I’m not counting repeats, so it’s not like I can just do Old Rag over and over again (although I do, because it’s my fave). Other peaks require travel. Maybe, if it looks like I’m closing in on my goal early, I’ll tighten the rules. Nothing under 4000 feet, for example.
So, what 40 peaks do I want to summit? Good question. I know I want to do the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, and that takes care of four peaks right there. I have a friend in Palm Springs who I hope to visit this fall, so why not do the Cactus to Clouds trail while I’m there? (Because it will probably kill me, that’s why.) I’ll also do some West Virginia hikes, because that’s a fairly easy weekend trip. Other than that…eh. I’ll probably take advantage of work trips and visiting friends and family.
I’m open to suggestions! Keep track of my progress on the Forty Before Forty page.