How to Find the Time for Adventure as a Cubicle Dwelling Weekend Warrior - ITS Tactical
Shop the ITS Store!

How to Find the Time for Adventure as a Cubicle Dwelling Weekend Warrior

By Jeff More

Skunkabilly Mountaintop

Editor’s Note: We wanted to start this off by providing a bit of context and an introduction to one of our contributors and good friends, Jeff More. If you follow Jeff online, you’ll see that he’s always on the road exploring wild America, so much that it’s enough to make us all a bit green with envy. From incredible sunrises at the Grand Canyon to the remoteness of Montana, he’s on the trail a lot.

Jeff told us it’s worth noting that he has a full time job, making somewhere between a postman’s and a teacher’s salary. In 2012 he worked seven weekends, took five vacation days all year and still managed to camp out 29 nights. What’s his secret? Here it is from Jeff himself.

Someone asked me how I have time and money for camping, cameras and the volunteer work I do.

Short Answer:

I spend my time and money on stuff I care about and stopped spending it on stuff I don’t.

Long Answer:

My gear was expensive when I first got it, such as a $160 sleeping bag, $160 backpack, $80 sleeping pad and a $800 tripod, but I got them all back in 2005-2008. I also got my dream car in 2008 for a hefty sum of $17,000 and it takes me where I want to go. The cost-per-use since then has been very low.

My personal finances, including long term and retirement savings, is almost completely automated and avoids the need for disciplined management. I have a Subaru credit card that accumulates up to $500 in coupons per calendar year and an REI credit card I use the rest of the year. The former takes the bite off of the amount I spend on auto maintenance and the latter pays for consumables (backpacking food), gear that gets worn out (climbing hardware, boots) or lost (I just lost a beanie and headlamp).

My main form of electronic entertainment besides audiobooks and podcasts are video games. I allow myself to spend $130 per year, which is what someone on the Xbox spends on one game plus an Xbox Live membership. I use Steam Sales, which offers me a treasure trove of year-round entertainment for the weekends I’m feeling indoorsy. The LA Public Library is a great place for free books and audiobooks and even syncs up with the Kindle now.

I eat out maybe six times a month (usually at places under $20/head) and unless it’s a special occasion AND I’m not driving, I only order water when I’m out. Learn to mix your own drinks at home, you save about 85%. I’ve been to the movies once since 2004. It’s not self denial if you don’t care about it in the first place.

Thankfully, my hobbies of camping, photography and volunteer work overlap almost completely as far as gear needs are concerned. Remember, alone you can be cold, alone you can be hungry, but you can only be rich or poor when you’re comparing yourself to other people.

Skunkabilly Driving Grand Tetons

I spend on average 8 weekends on the road for work. Some spend more. Other friends get entire seasons off work. Life is 10% events and 90% your reaction to it. Whatever your circumstances, you just have to make it work for you and make time for whatever you value.

If you find yourself constantly busy, try turning off all your electronics at home. Try even not using artificial light sources for a night. You will realize how much on average you probably spend in front of screens and when denied the miracle of electricity, how much time you truly have on your hands. There’s nothing wrong with TV/Netflix/gaming, but like money, you just have to realize what you’re actually spending.

And to the family men who tell me I don’t understand what it’s like because I don’t have a wife or kids, you’re right, I don’t understand. Take the time to honestly evaluate how you spent your time and money before “life got in the way” and don’t use your wife and kids as an excuse to not do things you probably weren’t going to do in the first place.

My friend Pat founded a company and designed a few of the articles of clothing that keep me warm and dry on the road. He has a 1 and 3 year old (the latter’s first word was bacon.) and takes them camping 3-5 times a year. He’s a busy guy, but wants his children to grow up valuing natural beauty and simplicity. I have another friend who despite his infant, still volunteers as a youth group leader. He shrugged and said he didn’t think service to his community should end just because he has a kid. Distance yourself from friends who are filled with negative energy, it’s the spiritual equivalent of them not covering their mouth and sneezing in your face.

It’s Monday, go forth and crush your week.


Nothing here is truly original. It’s mostly just a collection of thought processes I’ve applied from a couple of my favorite sites out there. Here are some links I’ve found incredibly useful:

  • Cost per use, from Brendan Leonard
  • Personal finance automation, by Ramit Sethi
  • For your credit card, use Mint or Quicken and see where your most costly single merchant expenditures are and see if they have a credit card you can start earning rewards with.
  • Video game deals, for PC you probably already have Steam, but is platform agnostic.
  • Kindle books from your local library, by Wes Fenlon
  • Combining art, climbing and philanthropy, Renan Ozturk, this guy is my artistic hero
  • Alone, human beings can feel hunger. Alone, we can feel cold. Alone, we can feel pain. To feel poor, however, is something that we do only in comparison to others“, Heart and the Fist, by Eric Greitens
  • I don’t have time is a big fat lie, by Steve Kamb
  • Be a productivity ninja, by Steve Kamb
  • Make 2012 the year of maximum enthusiasm, by Brendan Leonard
  • Do and Make Things in 2014, by Brendan Leonard
  • The banana parable, the law of attraction and positive mindset, by Travis Haley

Editor-in-Chief’s Note: Jeff lives in Los Angeles and serves as our resident Eastern Sierra correspondent. He likes things that say 9mm and f/2.8. He also sucks at rock climbing. Be sure to check out his website at

Did you get more than 14¢ of value today?

If so, we’d love to have you as a Crew Leader by joining our annual membership! Click the Learn More button below for details.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporting members and occasionally earning money from qualifying purchases as an Amazon Associate, (when you click our Amazon links) we’ve eliminated annoying ads and content.

At ITS, our goal is to foster a community dedicated to learning methods, ideas and knowledge that could save your life.


Do you have what you need to prevail?

Shop the ITS Store for exclusive merchandise, equipment and hard to find tactical gear.

Do you have what you need to prevail? Tap the button below to see what you’re missing.