Getting outside has always been my go-to when I need to unwind. And now, with Corona Virus forcing us to stay apart from each other and injecting us with an extra dose of anxiety, there’s never been a better time to find some solitude in the mountains to reflect and relax. Getting away from people right now has multiple positive effects. First, you don’t have to listen to people’s opinions about “What we should be doing” or “Why so-and-so is an idiot”. Getting outside and away from it all allows you to be you and reflect on what’s important. That’s one of the things I love most about camping is my reflection time. Appreciating the mountains and nature and just being myself. We’ve put together this guide to remind you to do the things that keep you sane, and to help you do those things safely!
Going outside is a great way to stay compliant with quarantine rules, as long as you’re doing it the right way. Go alone, or just with those in your immediate household. Camping is one of the best ways to connect with the people you love, so keep it focused on those closest to you.
Research shows that kids who spend time in the mountains are significantly less likely to develop symptoms of childhood depression. Interaction with the environment is good for body and soul, so don’t hold back! As John Muir puts it,
“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”
Now I’m not advocating that you take your family on deadly expeditions. Simply that the monotony of being in the same house all day with little to no physical activity is not a life I would wish on anyone!
Don’t feel the need to make a bunch of pit stops in order to get equipment and stock up on food. Be creative with the food and equipment you have at home. If you need to buy gear and food, do it online before your trip. Amazon ships fast, and you’ll have much less interaction with people that way. One of my most memorable one night backpacking trips was a last minuter that involved me grabbing a school backpack, my Hobo Hammock and sleeping bag/pad, a bottled water and some PopTarts and running out the door. It was quick and easy and I got to experience the beauty of the mountains without worrying about a bunch of extra gear to set up or meals to cook. It was quick and easy and wonderful.
Get outside and experience the relief that the mountains have to offer. You’ll feel better real quick. And when Corona blows over, don’t be surprised if you find yourself longing to be back in the mountains on a daily bases. I know I do.