January 8th, 2014
10:31 AM ET

Minnesota 17-Year-Old is Sleeping Outside in – 32 Degrees

Imagine sleeping outside every single night for a year! That's what one 17-year-old boy scout is trying to pull off.

Rudy Hummel has made it his goal to sleep outdoors every night for an entire year and he's been pulling it off since June.

Speaking from his "bedroom" on "New Day," Hummel says he only started his mission as a test for himself but now he thinks his goal can help others.

Hummel says, "I came up with the idea to do this for a whole year just because I like to challenge myself,  but now it means more than that. I've got a couple organizations picked up that I want to try and collect money for, to donate to..trying to turn this into a fundraiser."

Last night, the wind chill made it feel like -32 degrees in Hummel's hometown of Hermantown, Minnesota but the teenager says he's keeping "pretty dang warm."

He says he stays warm by avoiding cotton and wearing fleece material,using many layers of blankets and sleeping bags and wearing many layers and three pairs of wool socks to bed.

He adds: "I'm about as warm as I would be inside, I think. But I haven't slept inside in so long that maybe that' s not true."

You can follow his mission at:  www.snoreoutdoors.blogspot.com

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  1. Steve

    I hope they feature this Scout in an issue of Boys Life or Scouting Magazine.

    February 7, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  2. Upperhanded

    great parenting skills at work here...

    January 9, 2014 at 6:20 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Obviously you know little about the Scouts. Sleeping outdoors and being prepared for it is what it is all about. He does not look sick or forced. I, for one, am hoping his parents offer encouragement and little else.

      February 7, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
  3. cary

    As Earth's birth rate continues to exceed its death rate, humans will need to adapt, with the use of technology, to living in some of the most frigid parts of the world. China's Gobi desert where the termperatures drop to 45 degrees below zero and higns reach 100 degree F. Such adaptations methods as construction of caverns for subterraean living, and a specially designed suit similar to a HAZMAT or space suit are others. I have been doing the same thing as young Hummel where I live for 2 years. Subterraean commerical zones have been available in places such as Europe and Canada for at least several decades.

    January 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Reply

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