Back in January, I stumbled upon the possibility of getting tickets for Camp Mustache 2016. After about 15 minutes of thinking, I decided to go. I’m lucky I did because tickets sold out within a day or so, as I found out later.
What Is Camp Mustache?
The official website describes it as “4 days, 3 nights, 2 mountains, 1 rainforest – Meet like-minded badasses and learn about financial independence, in a relaxed outdoorsy environment”. I would describe it as the most inspiring experience in my financial independence journey so far. In case you are wondering, the event is named after Mr. Money Mustache (MMM), a former Software Engineer who retired at the age of 30.
Who Attends Camp Mustache?
50 awesome people who share the common goal of financial independence. From what I recall, about 10-15 attendees no longer need to work for a living, and many others are only a few years away from financial independence. This year’s featured guests included MMM, the Mad FIentist, and Paula from affordanything.com, all very successful bloggers and wonderful people. Overall, it was an amazing group, everyone was very open and willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
Camp Mustache takes place in a beautiful retreat in North Bend, WA. Here is the wife at the entrance of the retreat:
Our backyard for the weekend:
Other Good Stuff
Hiking up Mount Si: one of the highlights of the weekend for an outdoor and exercise enthusiast like myself. 9-mile round trip from the retreat with 3,500 feet of elevation gain. The company is top notch as well!
The hike according to Strava:
Top of Mount Si:
Always something to learn: throughout the day there were breakout sessions on different topics related to FI. These included taxes, travel hacking, investing, solar power, etc. Besides the breakout sessions, everybody was always open to talk about anything, which made learning a continuous experience.
Push-up challenge: towards the end of one breakout session, MMM came in and shouted “100 push-up challenge outside right now!“. I could not tell if he was joking or not so I stayed inside and looked through the window first. I then saw a dozen people or so doing push-ups. I did the only sensible thing one can do in such a situation: run and join them!
Favorite random moment: an attendee apologizing to MMM for how un-mustachain his car was and explaining that it was a rental.
The bad: not being able to be in several places at the same time to meet more people and attend more breakout sessions.
Should You Attend Camp Mustache in the Future?
If you are interested in financial independence and can afford to attend without breaking the bank, absolutely yes!