Thanks TVW, SVA and Soul. These are all great answers. I'd consider my vague question answered.
I'm basically setting goals for myself so I can work toward, such as an overnight coastal adventure. I'm also vaguely pushing towards goals that I want to be certain I can singlehand or safely do. This seems like one.
And from the variety of answers and experiences, Im glad I asked. It gave me a variety of options that "just Googling it" or a book written by a single author with a single perspective wouldn't have provided me.
Thanks for the experiences and ideas.