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Published on December 31st, 2013 | by Pat


11-Year-Old Sleeps 365 Straight Nights in a Tent

If you’ve ever needed inspiration to get outside and active more often, you should probably check out this blog.

After tonight, the blog’s author, Pennsylvania-based 11-year-old LRC (his mother made sure he doesn’t use his full name, for privacy reasons), will have spent every night of 2013 sleeping in a tent. That’s every. single. night.

And, he’s been blogging about it, posting stories, pictures, and video from his first major foray into outdoor adventure.

LRC explains on his blog that when asked why he decided to spend a whole year tent-camping, he’s usually met with resistance and confusion. Here’s his reasoning, though (and it’s so refreshing, coming from such a young adventurer): “I’ve gotten really interested in climbing and mountaineering lately, and I guess I’m doing it to prepare for just about anything any mountain would have to offer weather-wise.”

According to his blog, LRC’s father sleeps outside with him in below 20-degree temperatures, and — regardless of the weather — wakes his son each morning for a hike to the top of a nearby hill before school.

Throughout the course of his year camping & blogging, LRC has made some truly insightful observations regarding camping/hiking best practices, gear choices, and survival techniques, and he even produced a video chronicling his recent trip to Royal Arches in Yosemite (amongst other video posts).

Camp on, LRC! You’re truly an inspiration.


Planning your next tent-camping trip? Be sure to check out the Best Tent Camping series, from Menasha Ridge Press!

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About the Author

is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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