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Bag Night Challenge: 2024

For a couple of years I have been keeping track of all my ‘bag nights’ and then posting the total at the end of the year on my microBLOG. A few years ago I decided to try changing things up by keeping a running total throughout the year posted on this page and I think it worked out pretty well, so I’m going to continue doing it.

If you are interested in checking out my previous year totals, you can find those below:

[2023]  [2022]  [2021]  [2020]  [2019]  [2018]  [2017]  [2016]  [2015]  [2014]  [2013]  [2012]

This friendly competition of keeping track of ‘bag nights’ started a number of years back on the forum at Backcountry Post, and I follow the very simple ground rules that were set up over there:

There are no official rules, but a bag night here is typically defined by a night out camping in some form. It doesn’t matter if you sleep on a tarp, in a tent, or in the back of your vehicle. It’s more of an attitude thing. If you are outside to enjoy nature, if it’s camping, then it’s a bag night.


Total Bag Nights: 21

January 18 – 20 | Phantom Ranch | 2 Nights
January 26 – 28 | Indian Creek | 2 Nights
February 3 – 4 | Kings Bottom | 1 Night
February 15 – 19 | Pahranagat Valley | 4 Nights
February 24 – 25 | Sand Flats Recreation Area | 1 Night
March 1 – 2 | Cane Spring Desert | 1 Night
March 9 – 10 | Sand Flats Recreation Area | 1 Night
March 21 – 24 | Grand Gulch | 3 Nights
April 4 – 8 | Salt Creek Canyon | 4 Nights
April 12 – 14 | Slaughter Slopes & Rock Springs Bench | 2 Nights




  1. Robert W Burton
    Robert W Burton January 11, 2023

    Randy I certainly do enjoy your amazing trips and the wonderful photography. I absolutely enjoy Utah and have already been to many of the places you have shown.

  2. Jeff Bluhm
    Jeff Bluhm August 17, 2023

    Hi, curious if you are sleeping in your Jeep or still going with the Tent Cot when car camping?

    • Randy Langstraat
      Randy Langstraat August 17, 2023

      I don’t use the Tent Cot anymore (and haven’t for many years) since it’s just too big to carry around in my Jeep. When I am alone I typically sleep in my Jeep since I’m too lazy to set up a tent. If I don’t sleep in my Jeep I use a tent.

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