Cowboy Camping and why all adventurous people should do it at least once!

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Cowboy Camping as defined by Urban Dictionary as “Sleeping outside in the backcountry without an overhead shelter (such as a tent or tarp), usually done in the context of backpacking.“


On two of my biggest adventures Hell Hike and Raft and the #omniten Rogue River Trip  I and many of the other participants decided to for go setting up our tents and instead fall asleep under the clear star filled skies. Cowboy camping during those trips made for amazing memories of waking up in the middle of the night and looking skyward at billions upon billions of starts twinkling in the crisp morning air. For many our tents and bivvys provide us with a sense of comfort that shelters us from the outside elements, bugs, and even eyes of your fellow camp mates. However waking up to a beautiful morning with crisp clean air and rolling over to see the beauty is something that everyone must do in their lives at once. You will be in a long list of cowboys, early settlers, and even earlier civilizations who have woken up in the same way in that exact spot for eons.


Those of us who have cowboy camped find comfort in being in the backcountry as far away from the general public as possible. Waking up alone or with a small crew of close friends or trail families and sharing that moment with amazing people in amazing locations cannot be easily be put into words and no photos can capture the moments and feelings. I urge you to take the time to cowboy camp at least once during your next adventure if the location and elements allow it. Happy Camping and Happy Trails

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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