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Rudy Hummel, 16, of Hermantown, MN, zips into his many layers while preparing to sleep in his quinzhee in the yard of his home Tuesday night, Dec. 17, 2013. Hummel is sleeping outside every night for a year. DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE/Clint Austin

Hermantown teen on quest to spend a full year of nights outdoors

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Sam Cook | Forum News Service

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — It was bedtime for Rudy Hummel. He pulled on three pairs of pants and four shirts. He slipped into a pair of boots. He walked out into the starry December night and headed for his snow house.


The temperature was 8 degrees.

For Hummel, 17, this would be night 193 in a row sleeping outdoors. He started June 7, sleeping on an elevated platform in a copse of balsam fir in his backyard.

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