September 6, 2019

Elk Are Thriving Again in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Elk grazing in a verdant field

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is among the most biodiverse landscapes managed by the National Park Service, with more than 19,000 documented species living within the park. But for almost two centuries, one of the park’s key mammals, the eastern elk, was missing from the mountains and valleys that flank the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. […]

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September 4, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Take a Cot Instead of a Pad

Take a Cot Backpacking

hen I tell my friends that I’m bringing a cot on our backpacking trip, they laugh with delight. None of them have ever heard of a backcountry cot before, and as I struggle to find a place for the unusually large bundle in my overnight pack, teasing ensues. The story of how I got to […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 4, 2019

Campworthy: Fire Roasted Eggplant

Recipe: Fire Roasted Eggplant Submitted by: Scott Hometown: Seattle, WA What do you love about this recipe? I love this recipe because (1) It uses eggplant, which isn’t a super popular vegetable, but when prepared this way it is sooo good! And (2) it really classes up the campground! I like to make this for a pre-dinner app when group […]

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September 3, 2019

Camp Recipe: One-Skillet Salmon & Veggies

Plated soy-glazed salmon and bok choy

Sweet and savory soy-glazed salmon served with a mix of bok choy and mushrooms. Your campmates won’t believe it was a one-skillet meal! This meal feels fancy but is actually easy to pull off. Better still, it only requires a single skillet to make. So if you’re looking to really impress your campmates on your […]

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September 1, 2019

DIY: How to Play Bug Bingo

A woman peers through the forest with a smile on her face

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 during […]

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August 26, 2019

Camp Recipe: Backpacking Burrito Bowl

Backpacking burrito bowl being wrapped in tortilla

Loaded with flavor, this vegetarian burrito bowl makes a great addition to your trail food line up. While most burrito bowls use rice as their base, we decided to use quinoa instead. Quinoa has a more well-rounded nutritional profile and can serve as a complete protein. It also has a unique taste and texture that […]

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August 23, 2019

Campworthy: S’maffles

Recipe: S’maffles Submitted by: Chelsea Hometown: Bothell, WA What do you love about this recipe? This combines my two loves: waffles and s’mores. The last time I made these was on a 4th of July trip. There was wine involved… which may have impacted the flavor (for the better). S’maffles Ingredients Waffles (three options) Make Belgian […]

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August 20, 2019

Our Favorite Beach Camping Spots in California

A sign points toward a campground on Santa Catalina Island.

The Golden State is blessed with 840 miles of coastline dotted with ocean-side campsites perfect for nearly every adventure. Here are six of our favorite beach camp spots in CA to get you started. Crystal Cove State Park Orange County Set along 3.2 miles of shoreline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, this popular […]

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