BACKPACKER New Year's Resolutions

Here's how our staff plans to make 2009 a bigger, better year.

2008 came and went like a dream, didn't it? OK, fine, parts of it were a bloody nightmare, but we're over and done with it, and it's on to 2009 and the prospect of new beginnings. Here's how some of BACKPACKER's staff members plan to improve their lot, both on trail and off.

Shannon Davis, Associate Editor: "1) Get out more this summer. 2) Remember to wear sunscreen on my schnozz. 3) Log faster laps at next year’s 24 Hours of Moab. 4) Climb something big, snowy, and treacherous."

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, Assistant Editor: "In 2009, I’ll finally learn to downhill ski. Or at least try really hard to downhill ski. Failing that, I’ll work on my sitting-in-the-lodge-next-to-a-roaring-fire-and-sipping-hot-chocolate-with-schnapps skills."

Mark Harrison, Assistant Map Editor: "This year I’m setting an outdoor goal of going to four national parks I’ve never been to before."

Jonathan Dorn, Editor-in-Chief: "My resolution was to finally try some scientific methods for getting in shape for next summer, rather than just working out sans plan. My wife helped me by giving me a gift certificate for a VO2 max test."

Tracy Ross, Senior Editor: "I made a huge list that includes: 1) Judge less, love more. 2) Slow down and listen. 3) Start gardening sooner. 4) Ski at least 50 days. 5) Have more fun. 6) Build something new. 7) Buy less; experience more. 9) Embrace success AND failure."

My resolutions involving righting all the crimes against humanity I committed on New Year's Eve, but we don't have to get into that just now.

What are your New Year's resolutions? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ted Alvarez