June 24, 2021

First Look: Testing the New OXO Outdoor Cooking Gear

OXO Outdoor Campgrounds French Press

Some people hate when their cult discovery goes mainstream—like when Supreme clothing went big-league or when indie rapper Saweetie signed to Warner Records—but not me. When OXO announced that it was rolling out a line of kitchenware designed especially for camping, I gave myself a smug pat on the back for having been an early […]

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June 22, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: The Svea 123 Camping Stove

Svea 123 Camping Stove

“Flame on!” Even after 42 years, I can still hear the words bellowed by my fellow Appalachian Trail thru-hiker as I moved a match toward my Svea 123 stove. Then, a near-tectonic whoosh, and the pleasant woodland noises that served as a serene soundtrack at camp would be auditorily obliterated until my meal was cooked. […]

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June 11, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Camp Cooking

camp cooking

Ever since Earthlings discovered the transformational power of an open flame on basic foodstuffs, we’ve been gathering to enjoy the bounty of the planet. The diversity of our ecosystems and peoples has given rise to a rich tapestry of cuisines and tastes—and all are welcome at our camping table. True: An active day outdoors can […]

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May 24, 2021

Camp Dinner With the Toguchi Family

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. Mark Toguchi grew up in Alaska. Every weekend in the summer, he and his extended family, including aunts, uncles and cousins, would go camping and fishing […]

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May 24, 2021

LeAnne Wiles: Limitless Sides to Outside

Large of people smiling outdoors

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. My partner and I returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 and quickly realized that “appreciation of the outdoors” was a core value. As a Black […]

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May 24, 2021

Ranice Innocent: Limitless Sides to Outside

Photo of three people smiling by the river

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. I was born in California but was raised in the woods of Snohomish, Washington. I grew up playing in the woods, riding horses and riding my bike. I certainly did not […]

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May 24, 2021

Kena Peay: Limitless Sides to Outside

Kena Peay

There are so many ways to enjoy time outside. This is one of many unique stories we’re sharing as part of our effort to highlight the Limitless Sides to Outside. Why do I love the outdoors? I ask myself that question each weekend while exploring Mother Nature. I think the answer is that it’s the only place […]

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April 28, 2021

The Perfect Kit for Overlanding

Overlanding

Overlanding is all about self-reliance. Take what you know about car camping, add a bit of off-roading know-how, and boom: overlanding. Why is it worth it? Well, by loading your car or truck with everything you need to survive comfortably out of your vehicle, you open yourself up to trips beyond the campground. But to […]

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April 2, 2021

How to Set Up the REI Co-op + West Elm Outward Day Shelter

A product-on-white image of the Outward Day Shelter

Once set up, the REI Co-op + West Elm Outward Day Shelter offers shade from the sun and weather protection when it’s drizzling. Choose the lean-to or A-frame configuration, grab a friend, and follow these steps to create your perfect setting for outdoor dining or lounging in comfort. The Outward Day Shelter is part of […]

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