After 10 years running a nonprofit, I burned out and moved into my truck to camp across California. I met good people, reconnected with nature, and learned how to be happier.
Since settling down, it's harder to get outside. I have a weekend to visit places like Tahoe, where finding campsites is difficult. Public campgrounds are full, private ones are expensive, and stealth camping isn't what it used to be.
One day, my friend Paul told me about a land-sharing fishing club. It made me think about how when friends host me, it makes me want to host them. I was inspired by the idea that reciprocity could build a new type of outdoor community.
The world feels more transactional and divided these days. I hope Land Camp can be a place that brings us together instead of pushes us apart. A community for people who want to get outside, be cool to each other, and have a good time.