Adventures before 40

I turn 34 in 2013. I recently watched this video:

It inspired me to think about my life and what I do with it. I want to do more than just want to go on adventures. I actually want to be someone who goes. Yes, I do a lot in the outdoors. But mostly it’s just day tripping. While really I want to go on multi-day adventures.

I am somewhat limited by my work and relationship commitments but that’s no reason not to start chipping away at a list of adventures I want to work towards achieving by the time I’m 40. This list isn’t prescriptive but I hope it leads to multi-day adventuring being part of my normal life.

So here’s my list (all items on the list are realistic given my work and relationship commitments):

Cycle touring

  • Mawson Trail, South Australia – 900km – 14-20 days – MTB – December 2014?
  • Tasmanian Trail, Tasmania – 480km – 10-14 days – MTB – From 25 December 2013
  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, Queensland – 150km – 2 days – MTB
  • Noosa Trail Network – 100km – 2 days – MTB – September 2013
  • Brisbane to Sydney – 1,000km – 10-14 days – Road
  • Brisbane to Cairns – 1,600km – 14-20 days – Road
  • Brisbane to Longreach – 1,200km – 10-15 days – Road

Bushwalking

  • Conondale Range Great Walk – 56km – 4 days – Completed August 2012
  • Sunshine Coast Great Walk, Queensland – 58km – 4 days
  • Great Ocean Walk, Victoria – 104km – 8 days
  • Carnarvon Gorge Great Walk, Queensland – 87km – 6 days
  • Great North Walk, NSW – 250km – 14 days – Completed July 2013
  • Cape-to-Cape Walk, Western Australia – 135km – 5-8 days
  • Cooloola Great Walk, Queensland – 88km – 3 days – October 2013
  • Hume & Hovell Track, NSW – 440km – 24 days
  • Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory – 223km – 11 days
  • Overland Track, Tasmania – 82km – 6 days
  • Tops to Myall Heritage Trail, NSW – 220km – 12 days

Adventure racing

  • GeoQuest – 48 hour adventure race – 2015?
  • XPD – 700km 10 day adventure race – 2015?

Audax

  • Perth-Albany-Perth – 1,200km – 90 hours limit – Next is Spring 2014
  • Great Southern Randonnee – 1,200km – 90 hours limit – Next is October 2016
  • Raid Auroa, Sydney to Melbourne – 1,200km – 15 day limit
  • Raid Wheatbelt, Perth – 2004km – 21 day limit

Random

  • Doing something epic for charity – Cycling for Hope, 100km cycling a day for 31 days for Nakuru Hope – from 19 July 2013
  • Volunteer at an aid charity in a developing country – Nakuru Hope, Kenya – February 2014

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