I’m often torn between my interest in backpacking and camping and the duties of life. Many of us have jobs that demand five days of our week. Some have families that require time at home.
A friend recently opened my eyes by pointing out that I do much more writing about backpacking than I do backpacking. One day after he made that remark, I wrote and published Make Time for More Backpacking this Year (4 tips). I’ve thought about his observation for months.
During yesterday’s early morning hike, I envisioned a new project that partially addresses this conflict. The 52starrynights project challenges me (and others?) to camp roughly once a week throughout 2018.
Life has a lot of rules. We don’t need more rules. All campouts count – cowboy camping, tent camping, car and RV camping, and backyard camping. Staying in trail shelters may count towards the 52 nights.
This project is an opportunity to stop deferring backpacking and camping. We must stop waiting until this happens or that happens, or until we have more time.
Would participating in 52starrynights help you to camp more in 2018? Is a 52-night camping challenge too many nights for you? There is also a 31nightsout initiative for those striving to camp 31 nights a year.