The Year in Review: the Top Five Most Popular Posts of 2012

Enjoying a bluebird New Year's Eve day of skiing
at Solitude in Utah.
2012 was a pretty incredible year. Lucky for me, I got to ring in 2013 with half of Columbia Sportswear's inaugural #OmniTen team in Park City, Utah. But on this first day of the new year, it seemed fitting to look back on the year that was. To help ring in 2013, here are the five most popular articles, as determined by you, readers, in descending order.

Five (More) Outdoorsy and Outdoor-Related Halloween Costume Ideas 
I struggle with planning and executing my Halloween costumes every year. I always come up with incredible concepts months in advance that I either completely forget by the time Halloween rolls around, or can't figure out how to execute. Both for my own benefit and for the benefit of others who struggle with dressing up every year, I came up with a handful of outdoorsy-inspired ideas last year, then created a second list for 2012. Seems others share my trouble with brainstorming; the list was the fifth most popular post for the year.

Guest Post: How to Plan a 3,000 Mile Cross Country Road Trip
I'm always so inspired by people who follow their biggest dreams regardless of how challenging the road to seeing them through might be. Friend Patrick Gensel dreamed of driving around the country climbing, taking pictures and adventuring, and last year, he made it happen. Being a bit of an obsessive planner, I was incredibly curious about what goes into planning a 3,000 mile excursion. Lucky for me, Patrick was willing to write a guest post for me, and it was this year's fifth most-read post on Adventure-Inspired.

What to Look For in a Backpacking Trip Partner
It's so important to choose the right partners for extended trips. I know what attributes I look for, but after polling Facebook and Twitter, I found that my list of characteristics of good trip mates was similar to others'. In this year's third most popular post, a group of us all share the things we look for in backpacking trip partners. There's still time to weigh in with any attributes we may have missed!

Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls and More: A Waterfall Tour in the Middle of the Grand Canyon and Arizona Desert
After being chosen as part of Columbia Sportswear's inaugural #omniten, I was floored when I found out that a press trip to Arizona was part of the package. After mountain biking in Sedona and spending time learning about Columbia's innovative Omni-Freeze ZERO technology, we got to put our Columbia gear to the ultimate test on a hike to one of the most incredible places I've ever visited. It was also a chance to get to know an amazing group of people, many of whom have become significant figures in my life seven months later. The experience, summarized in 2012's second most popular story on Adventure-Inspired, epitomized the fact that the journey can be so much more meaningful than the destination.

Interview: Climbing Guide and First Ascentionist Sarah Hueniken on Training, the Importance of Women's Programs, and if Climbing Guides Get Scared
One of the coolest things about writing for Adventure-Inspired is the fact that, on occasion,  I get to interview some absolutely incredible people. I'd admired Sarah Hueniken for a long time before I gathered the courage to ask her for an interview. We spent over an hour on the phone talking about everything from whether or not climbing guides get scared to why she thinks women's climbing programs are so important. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that Sarah's interview was the most popular post in 2012.

Wishing everyone the happiest of happy new years, and here's to a 2013 full of adventure! What was your favorite post from 2013?


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