Teen Sleeps Outside 365 Days In A Row

Through the winter Rudy Hummel slept outside of his Duluth, Minn., home in a snow quinzhee. This included more than 70 nights where the temp dipped below zero.

It’s a little more comfortable now in June. Hummel, age 17, is nearing the end of a 365-day goal to sleep outside every single night.

Rudy Hummel in a shelter where he sleeps

This Friday, June 6th, marks the one-year anniversary of Hummel’s Snore Outdoors project. The project is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity and Hawk Ridge environmental center.

In the winter Hummel had to use two foam pads and three inches of straw as his mattress. According to a Bring Me The News article, he’s slept in 30 different places — a platform in a tree, a snow cave in his yard, a campground, and on a hotel balcony in Chicago.

Hummel noted the experience has given him “empathy for the homeless” and also a perspective on his place in the world. “You think about a squirrel, or a bird at the bird feeder… we consider them visitors, yet they live here, and we’re just as much visitors as they are.”

See more at Hummel’s Snore Outdoors site and make a donation to the cause. —Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.


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