The Strenuous Life is a membership platform for those who wish to revolt against our age of ease, comfort, and existential weightlessness. The Bugle is the monthly newsletter for participants of The Strenuous Life, which highlights the strenuous going-ons of our intrepid members.
Below is what we sent members as the May edition of the Bugle. We wanted to give Art of Manliness readers an inside look at what’s going on over there. Click here to get on the email list and be notified of the next enrollment, which will open in late June.
Did you complete a badge requirement (or several) last month? Here’s a sample of those your fellow members were working on:
@adamr and @army2xvet completed hours towards the Community Service Badge by respectively responding to missions as part of his county’s search and rescue team, and serving as Assistant Scout Master for a Boy Scout troop (which included participating in activities like scuba diving lessons). @jeremyjmink tracked and photographed a fox for the Tracker Badge. @target242 read five biographies for the Biography Badge.
For the Microadventure Badge, @DaveJ completed a 10-km hike followed by a rock climbing/rappelling course. For the Backyard Chef Badge, @ronheise reverse-seared a ribeye, while @TheWood made a grilled bacon, jalapeño, and cheddar burger, topped with a homemade rub of garlic salt, cayenne pepper, cracked black pepper, cumin, sage, thyme, oregano, and a little brown sugar. For the Ancestry Badge, @mateocasi89 was able to acquire several pictures of his ancestors, including his father’s grandparents, while on a trip to Jalisco, Mexico. @rbosley37 completed a variety of projects for the Craftsman Badge, including a leather wallet.
For the Kiss the Chef Badge, @jmaddox made pizza in a cast iron skillet, @VilenessFats made sushi (California and spicy salmon rolls), and @stachemaster3000 made a chocolate tart. For the Rucking Badge, @jdnichols rucked 50 miles in 48 hours with a 40-lb pack (“Easily one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally”), while @nicktorious completed the GORUCK OKC Bombing Memorial Tough along with his 18-year-old son; Nick notes that it took place “One day before the 18th anniversary of my rock climbing accident that left me with a ton of metal in my spine and left leg,” and was “an experience I won’t soon forget.” For the Letter Writing Badge, @Mr.J wrote a letter to his childhood best friend who had moved to Hawaii.
For the Frogman Badge, @ew7434 swam 50 feet in full clothes in a cold English millstream. @ariss drew the parts of a recurve bow and