I've been chasing down adventures regularly for the past 3+ years. I've done a lot of mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and alpine skiing. I've also dabbled in caving, toprope, bouldering, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking.
2) friends/family/awesome people
4) a good adventure
5) all my gear for a good adventure
6) plans and rules so I have things to ignore
7) fucking up lists on purpose (see "6")