How to Camp with Heather Menicucci

Learn about Heather Menicucci, author of "Let's Get Primitive: The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping," in this Howcast video.

Hey. I’m Heather and I wrote, "Let’s Get Primitive: The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping". I grew up on Staten Island, New York. I had never camped when I was a kid. I didn’t even know anybody that camped, and it wasn’t until college that I first even realized that people like camping. I’m a total city girl, but I fell in love with camping after my first trip, and I just decided that it was something that I really wanted to convince other reluctant campers of.

I just wanted to explain that it was something that anyone could do. That even if you are somebody who is really attached to the city, really attached to your cellphone, really attached to makeup and taking a shower everyday, and hot coffee, and all the conveniences of life… If you felt like you were one of those people that could never live without those things, like I was, you could camp. You could do it.

So I was writer and I started by pitching an article to Bus Magazine just trying to teach girls who were scared of camping that they could camp and that eventually became a book. So I wrote, "Let’s Get Primitive: The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping". It was published in 2007 by 10-Speed Press and I sort of am on somewhat of a campaign trying to convince people who are scared of camping, who are scared of cat holes, who are scared of being without a shower or running water, that they can camp.

I don’t mean campground camping or car camping. I think that those are both really great. They’re cheap. They’re fun. But what I’m really talking about is primitive camping where you have everything that you need on your back and you hike in a mile or two miles, or three miles, or six miles, to your campsite and you set up your site. You poop in the woods, all that stuff.

I’m sort of on the campaign to convince anyone who thinks they can’t do that that they can do it and that it’s worthwhile and it’s fun. It’s amazing to sort of hit the reset button, to be away from your phone, to realize that we are these super-adaptive creatures, that we can get used to almost anything. It’s kind of exciting.

So I’m doing this series for Howcast and I hope that you guys will all be convinced to go pitch your tent.