When I moved to Oregon almost 3 years ago, I thought that I was "outdoorsy". Until I met people who were doing weekly adventures of climbing Mt. Hood, rock climbing at Smith Rock, backpacking in to camp at some remote lake, cycling down the 101, etc. etc. 

Being outside and having experiences and adventures in nature is what drives me and makes me most happy. I've realized that I haven't been in the physical or mental shape that I would prefer and it's been holding me back from accomplishing the more challenging outdoor adventures that I'd like to do. After all, they both go hand-in-hand.

I've been making major positive changes in my life over the last few months. HUGE revelations and HUGE changes. Everyone has their own idea of what is a happy, complete life. For me it's having a few lifetime's worth of experiences in my own lifetime. When I'm old I hope to be saying "I DID that!" instead of blowing out more candles and saying "I WISH I would have done that." 

While recently seeing photos from my friend Peter's countless trips up Mount St. Helens, I commented that climbing it was on my list. He said, "I'll take you! Let me know when and I'll get the permit!" Suddenly I felt overwhelmed with a nauseating feeling of "Holy shit! I am in no shape to climb an 8,365ft mountain, but I REALLY REALLY want to!"

So screw it!...I made a promise to my friend Peter and myself to climb Mount St. Helens soon! There's no time like the present and the past sure sneaks up on us before we know it. No doubt that many of my friends have climbed it as no big deal. But it's a big deal for me because I haven't climbed a mountain this high. Having the goal to climb it also means that I need to get in shape to do so, which is long overdue for me. Two birds, one stone.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I plan to do weekly challenging/difficult hikes as well as smaller/easier hikes to better prepare myself for the climb up the big mama volcano. If anyone wants to join me on these adventures, get in touch. Here are some of the hikes on my list:
Dog Mountain
Saddle Mountain
Hamilton Mountain
Mirror Lake to Tom, Dick, and Harry
Burnt Lake
Ramona Falls

I'm writing about this on here so it's out there, I've committed to it, and now it needs to happen!