I was reading on someone doing a winter camping event, which got me to pondering some ideas. I posted about it saying "I thought to myself, at my age (40's) with chronic back pain and high cold sensitivity, I'll probably never get to the point of doing a winter overnight - even a "glamping" version - on purpose." @rsnurkle responded "This isn't answering the question you asked, but I wonder if figuring out how to sleep comfortably (or at least without dire consequences to your back) in places other than your bed would actually be one of the most helpful preps you could undertake? I ask this in hopes it will motivate you to keep looking for a solution to that problem, instead of getting stuck into the idea of a forced march in the dark as your primary get-home option." rsnukle had an excellent point - not only on the specific context but the general principles of 1. finding creative ways to overcome a physical challenge, and 2. attitude and habit of looking for solutions vs. getting "stuck" into a negative self stereotype (I'm extrapolating specific comments to "bigger picture" ideas - hope you don't mind @rsnurkle!) So, in thinking more about it, I divided my "problem" into 2 smaller denominators: #1 Back problems (and general physical sensitivity) making primitive overnight sleeping extremely uncomfortable and possible increasing back issues, and #2 High temperature sensitivity rendering "average" means of warmth considerably less effective. On the level of the specific context and problem, I'm kind of proud to report that I did take a small step towards working through this "barricade". Last Friday I spent a night in my living room with my new sleeping bag and sleeping pad. It seems silly, but going from a Temperpedic mattress (#1 factor) and an especially warm fuzzy blanket above the floor (#2 factor), to an outdoor sleep system (#1) ON the floor (it is colder on the floor- even IN my own house!)(#2) was a significant enough diversion from my level of comfort to give me a challenge. It was a good experiment, although I do wonder if I could separate them even further to perfect solutions for each before trying to put them together. I am planning to do more tent only overnights in warm weather and, after recent experiences, I would be willing to do a "cool weather" overnight in a primitive cabin. The idea of a cabin as an "intermediate" step is appealing to me, and if I think about it, there are probably many more "baby steps" I can take towards broadening my experiences with bushcraft. This leads me to My philosophical take away from this was that when you are trying to solve a problem, it's important to make sure the problem is divided into in it's lowest common denominators - in other words, one "problem" can often be two or more issues, and separating them out to deal with each one at a time can be a huge benefit to figuring out the best solution(s). The other big idea here, is that when I look at a place/goal I want to be at, and I then look at where I am, the solution doesn't have to be all at once/all in one. I can take small incremental steps towards that goal, and those steps might entail different factors of the challenge. The latter steps will be those where I take the solutions for those various issues and bring them together into a holistic solution.