Spring is upon us, and that means people are itching to get outside. That’s especially true given how many of us have been cooped up during “social distancing” for the recent virus outbreak. Now is a good a time as any to put up a new challenge geared towards getting out there.

While The Everyday Marksman name carries obvious connotations of shooting and marksmanship, we also focus on a variety of outdoor skills and activities. It’s all part of being a well-rounded and capable citizen. With this challenge, the idea is focusing on some of those ancillary survival skillsets.

Sometimes we just need to get out of our comfort zones.

The Overnight Outdoor Challenge

This challenge is simple. There’s only one level of achievement, and it’s accessible to just about anyone. Each of us is at some different level of our outdoors skills, so the really challenge here is to push your comfort level out just a bit

Are you used to staying in hotels on nice comfy mattresses? Then do a basic overnight in a tent. Already good with tent camping? Try hammock camping. Perhaps you’re all set there and want another challenge, so construct a simple tarp shelter and sleep under it for the night.

The only thing you have to do is spend a night in the wilderness, post a picture, and give a short summary of your trip.

It’s that simple.

While you’re there, go ahead and give a crack at some of the other survival skill challenges like building a fire or constructing an emergency shelter.

Rules & Providing Proof

As always, we require some form of “proof” that the challenge was actually completed. For this one it’s straightforward. Take a picture of your campsite and write a short post (about 300 words) detailing the outing and anything you attempted or learned along the way.

Also, this challenge only applies to camping trips during or after June 2020. No photos or trip reports from something you did “back in the day.” 

Alright, that’s it. I’ll see you out there!

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Matt

Matt

Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.
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