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    S24O - How To Get Out When You Don't Have Time

    Here's an article about making time to do some camping when you don't have much time to spare. It's written regarding bicycle camping, but it really could apply to backpacking or car camping, too. I thought some of you might enjoy reading it and maybe applying the info to your own tight schedule.

    S24O by Grant Peterson

    To summarize, the Sub-24 hour Overnight is a quick camping trip that should take less than 24 hours, door to door. The problem with longer trips, even weekend trips, can be the planning and logistics. Too much thinking about it, schedules don't mesh, time away from family, etc.

    Since you're close to home it doesn't matter if you aren't 100% prepared because you'll be home in the morning. Forget your food bag? You'll be hungry, but you'll survive till you get home. Forget your flashlight? Oh well, it'll be dark. It will be a quick test of you and your equipment.

    This idea has been making the rounds on the bicycle touring websites for a couple of years now. A lot of people are discovering they don't need to plan a big vacation just to get some time in the woods. It can be as convenient as throwing your stuff in a backpack and heading to the closest place to hang your hammock for the night.

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    Ironically, I don't have time to read the link right now while I'm working But I do quick 10pm to 6am hangs pretty regularly when I'm on the road. It's even better than not worrying about forgetting your food; I never take any! I wake up, get in the car, find the nearest Waffle House, have my toast and coffee, shave in the bathroom, and report for duty. I like the sentiment of the post - better to have a quick visit to the woods than stay home (or worse, stay in a hotel).
    .. truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. - Herman Melville

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    Good ideas. Thanks for the post, Jerry!
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    Yeah, I do that regularly - didn't know there was a movement behind it.

    Especially during hot weather when I want to do a little rock climbing. I'll arrive at my campsite, set up, grab a bite, and go to sleep, then get up early, get a couple climbs in, and head home before it gets too hot. Sometimes the trips will be overnighters that are so short I don't even have to get someone to watch my dogs while I'm away

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    I do this sort of trip fairly often. Going to work after waking up in the woods is a chore, but it puts a different spin on the day.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Gee, all this time I thought I was special heading out Friday after work and home by lunch.

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    I do this too. Due to family and work obligations, taking whole weekend is impossible most of time. If I can't even get away for overnight, I "backyard test," which is just the excuse I use to sleep out in the yard.
    I intend to live forever, or die trying. -- Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)
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    Sounds like a good way to get kids into the woods without compromising their entire weekend.

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    I usually do this, but I admit I stay the whole weekend. I have several trips planned out, and my gear ready to go in a back room. If I get "the itch" I simply grab a hike, and.... well, "scratch."
    Those who expect disappointment are never disappointed.

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    Pretty cool article. I do this alot too!

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