April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Handsewn Puffy

Kay's puffy red jacket

When I run my hands over my red jacket—now quite grubby around the seams—a memory of my mother pops into my head. It’s the early 1970s, I’m 12 years old and my mom, Roslyn, has gotten three sew-them-yourself kits from REI, including this red puffy for me. She’s pushing the feathers out of plastic bags and into the jacket’s […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My First Pack

Two young children on a backpacking trip

We had just made it to our camp above Crater Lake when large, wet snowflakes started falling from the sky. My 8-year-old twin sister and I were on our very first backpacking trip, 3 miles from the trailhead, and we didn’t have long to gape at the impossibly blue, impossibly deep waters of the lake before our dad […]

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April 29, 2020

Camp Monsters Podcast: Kids’ Edition

Camp Monsters Podcast Kids' Edition

We can all use a little bit of imagination and creativity these days. What better way than with Camp Monsters podcast coloring pages? From the legendary Tahoe Tessie to the infamous Batsquatch, there’s a monster for everybody. Looking for more information on these monsters to inspire you? Check out season one of Camp Monsters or, […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: The Teva Ember Moc

Teva Ember Moc

Your days probably look quite a bit different right now. Mine certainly do. I’m showering on my lunch break, writing stories from the backyard, baking bread between phone calls and spending my weekends underneath my car methodically sniffing out all the small noises that I’ve been putting off silencing. I’m not even wearing real pants […]

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April 24, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Movie Night

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we temporarily closed our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and others […]

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April 13, 2020

Take a Page from Our Co-op Coloring Book

Pages from a coloring book that have been colored with markers

For those days when, for whatever reason, you can’t get outside, here’s a fun and meditative activity that brings the outside to you. Grab your pens, pencils, paints, pastels or whatever medium suits your mood, and get creative. Choose your canvas:  

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April 3, 2020

8 Tips for Turning Your Living Space Into Your Very Own Campsite

There are many ways to bring nature inside—make a backyard or patio herb garden, stream nature scenes, create your own climbing wall. But if you’re really missing the outdoors, why not morph a portion of your home into a full-blown campsite? During a period when many of us are spending more time than ever indoors, […]

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March 31, 2020

National and State Park Closure Updates During COVID-19

A bison by water on a grey day in Yellowstone.

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and […]

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March 25, 2020

How to Take Your Next Conference Call from Your “Tent”

Instead of taking your next conference call from your couch, why not do it under the stars with a thermos of coffee in hand, a snowy mountain range in the distance and a super strong (and totally unexplainable) Wi-Fi connection. Or maybe you’d prefer to dial in from a cozy cabin in the woods. That […]

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