April 10, 2019

The Best Camping Lanterns of 2019

A woman carrying a camp lantern on the beach right after sunset

Camping lanterns have been used to light up the night for centuries. Originally made to enclose a candle flame, lanterns have evolved to be powered by gas, batteries, USB ports and solar panels. Whether you are looking to illuminate a dark campsite near your car or deep in the backcountry, lanterns offer a reliable light […]

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April 5, 2019

How to Measure How Much Fuel is Left in a Canister

Person holds scale with a fuel canister dangling in front of a peaceful river.

Stoves that run on canisters are very popular, and for good reasons. They’re lightweight, easy to ignite and quick to boil water. But you may have noticed that it’s not easy to keep track of how much fuel is left in a partially used canister. In this article we’ll discuss two ways you can figure out how […]

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April 3, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Hummus Bowl

Backpacking Lunch - Hummus

Serious thru-hikers know lunch on the trail isn’t exactly a full blown meal. More like a momentary pause to eat something before moving on. In many ways, it’s similar to stopping your car for gas: the primary goal is to refuel. So the last thing you want to do is pull out your entire kitchen […]

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April 1, 2019

Camping Recipes: Chicken Tzatziki Skewers

camping recipes

These Greek-inspired chicken skewers with Tzatziki sauce are the perfect way to kick off the start of grilling season. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or cooking over a campfire, one the easiest (and most satisfying) meals you can prepare are skewers. For this recipe, we marinated chicken thighs in olive oil, lemon juice, and […]

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April 1, 2019

REI Introduces Adventures for Pets

REI Adventures has been guiding people on adventure travel trips for more than 30 years. Whether it’s cycling the winding roads of Zion National Park, exploring the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands or trekking through the Himalaya, REI guides have earned a reputation for delighting wanderers with excursions across the globe. Today, REI […]

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March 20, 2019

How to Set Up an Ultralight Tarp Shelter for Backpacking

A tarp shelter sits ready for camping.

Thru-hikers and minimalist backpackers love using tarps instead of tents because tarps are ultralight and take up very little space in a pack. And those backpacking tarp shelters are nothing like the big blue tarps at your hardware store; instead, they are made of a thin-yet-strong nylon or polyester that’s either waterproof or highly water […]

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March 20, 2019

Life on the Road, Kids in Tow

Imagine stepping outside to find the perfect sunset, unobstructed by buildings and electrical wires; spending an entire day exploring a forest far from the place you once called home; and forming deep, fast friendships with different people who love adventure as much as you. This is the life being led by many full-time families, the […]

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March 20, 2019

Camping Recipe: One Pot Pesto Pasta with Bacon

Camp Cooking Pesto Pasta

This bright and fresh one pot pasta combines savory bacon, zesty pesto, and crunchy pine nuts. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of springtime! As with all one pot pasta, the key is sequencing. If you order the steps properly, you can use the same pot (or in this case a skillet) […]

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March 15, 2019

Op-Ed: New Mexico’s State Office of Recreation Will Improve Outdoor Access for Kids

Rep. Rubio flanked by Outdoor Equity Fund supporters & community leaders during a shoot we did in front of the Rio Bravo

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Wilderness Society. “Mister, what kind of cactus of is that?” Jose, a 13-year-old from Anthony, New Mexico, points to a walking stick cholla, admiring its radiant purple flowers as he calls over a group of friends to admire the long, spiny cactus. Last year, Jose was part of […]

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