It’s that time of year again when we like to make resolutions and set goals for the coming 12 months.

People keep asking me: “so what are going to do now that you’ve climbed all of the munros?“.  I’m stumped for an answer since I haven’t got a big list that needs ticking, certainly nothing on the scale of the munros.  However, there are loads of things I’d like to do that include climbing more mountains, doing some more running/cycling/kayaking and visiting some places I’ve always wanted to see.

So, since I’m motivated by achieving goals, I’m setting myself a ’14 for 2014′ set of outdoor challenges.  I’m aiming to complete them during the course of the year, blogging about each one.  Some of them are inspired by the list of 100 things to do in Scotland before you die, which went viral when I blogged about this in November, but others have been on my personal ‘to do’ list for a while.

Mine are all about Scotland, given the theme of my blog (but yes, I do know that other countries exist !).  But what about you ?  Have you got a ’14 for 2014′ ?  Could you develop one ?  I’d love it if you could also share a link to your own set of challenges so we can share the trials and tribulations and get something going.

My 14 for 2014:

  1. Compete in the Applecross Duathlon (September)
  2. Do a bungee jump at Killiecrankie
  3. Climb the Rum Cuillin (mountains)
  4. Become a registered climber (so I can take my son climbing)
  5. Try sea kayaking
  6. Visit the Isle of Colonsay
  7. Watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (July)
  8. Climb the Roisven Horseshoe (three Corbetts in Moidart)
  9. Go on a kayak/camping trip
  10. See the northern lights in Scotland
  11. Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland at Ardnamurchan
  12. Take part in a family cycle ride or event
  13. Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top
  14. Cook a gourmet meal in a camper van (or on a camp fire)

I’m pretty excited about this and really looking forward to planning some great trips, both on my own and with my family.  At a deeper level, it’s a celebration of life – I’m fit and healthy and able to do all of these activities.  Hopefully it’s something I’ll look back on in years to come so I can appreciate the opportunities I had.

However, not everyone is in this position and so I’m using this opportunity to raise money for others who don’t have the same chances in life – specifically, Naomi House Children’s Hospice in Winchester (Hampshire) which cares for children with incurable illnesses.  The young daughter of a friend and ex-work colleague was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in October 2013 and is now receiving round-the-clock care by the specialist staff at Naomi House.  Hopefully I can do what I can to support this valuable work.

I’ll report back on my 14 for 2014 as my planning gets underway but in the meantime I’d be keen to hear if you have set yourself a set of 14 for 2014 challenges.

16 Comments on “Introducing my 14 for 2014

  1. These sound brilliant. I feel a little less active in comparison. I plan on getting a camper van and would like to manage jacket potatoes cooked on an open camp fire all the way through. I would love to cook a meal completely on an open fire. The only other time I tried it the rain didn’t help and I had to concede defeat. There’s only so long you can stand outside a tent trying to shield a campfire from the rain in soggy waterproofs whilst your children shout out, “Are they ready yet?”. Let’s hope we get some sunshine.

  2. Thanks very much – I’m really looking forward to tackling these outdoor challenges. There’s a bit of variety in these and while they’ll be tough, they should be achievable within the year. I left myself the option of cooking the gourmet meal in the camper van, just in case it starts raining (or worse!). I haven’t done this before so it should be fun !

    • Thanks for this – you have some fantastic photographs that have whet my appetite for this trip. I did make it as far west as Strontian when I climbed Beinn Resipole in October and loved the area. Rather than head south to Mull though I think I’ll go north and climb the Roisven Horseshoe on the same trip. I now need to start planning some of my 14 for 2014 so I can fit them all in !

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  4. Thanks for your comments on photographs. I turned back once at Strontian when I had the motorhome. Found it a bit torturous on a single track road especially meeting oil tankers coming the other way. When I eventually did get to Ardnamurchan it was in the Cali having spent time in Moidart first and staying at Resipole. Another great little camp site.

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