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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March 20, 2020

Just How Warm Is That Sleeping Pad?

sleeping pad on the floor of a tent

When you’re shopping for a new camping or backpacking sleeping pad, it’s tempting to assume that a thick, cushy one is going to keep you warmer than a thinner one. But advanced designs and types of insulation mean this isn’t necessarily the case. You need a reliable way to know how well a pad will […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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March 9, 2020

Camp Recipe: Green Curry with Tofu

Green curry with tofu, plated and ready to serve

Spicy, creamy, and a hint of sweet, this one-skillet green curry has got it all. It combines crispy tofu, hearty veggies, and creamy coconut sauce into a warm bowl of comforting goodness. The first step of this recipe is to cut the tofu into cubes and toast them in a little bit of oil. Use […]

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February 22, 2020

Camp Recipe: Maple Glazed Trail Mix

Maple glazed trail mix in reusable bag

This sweet and crunchy oven-baked trail mix is the perfect on the go snack. Loaded with maple glazed nuts, tart dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips, this mix is way better than store-bought—and way cheaper. This trail mix has the taste and texture of a deconstructed KIND bar. Maple glazed almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and […]

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February 13, 2020

First Look: The 6 Coolest Winter Camping Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

We’ll be the first to admit: Winter camping is a little bit masochistic. But these new pieces of gear are designed to make it a little more bearable, if not downright fun. The North Face Assault 2P Tent Waking up and crawling out of your tent to freshly fallen snow is one of the best […]

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February 10, 2020

Backpacking Recipe: Vegan Tortilla Soup

Vegan tortilla soup in backpacking bowl

A hearty soup with crunchy tortilla toppings, this dehydrated tortilla soup is a great vegan option for backpacking. Loaded with lots of different layers of flavors, this recipe will really put your dehydrator to work. We start off by dehydrating black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a small onion, roasted corn, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. You can’t […]

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