camping

July 13, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Backyard Camping

summer camping

Summer is here, and while spending time outdoors might look a little different, there’s still adventure to be had. All you have to do? Head into your own backyard. Backyard camping may not be as extreme as the alternative, but there’s solace in the easiness of it. No permits, no red tape, no forgetting any […]

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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 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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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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January 23, 2020

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep (Well) In a Bivy Sack

Uncommon Challenge: Sleep in a Bivy

’ve been prostrate on the ground now for more than an hour. Outside my nylon fortress, the rain is relentless, coming down cold and steady, pelting my bivy. Inside, it’s cozy and comfortable, and I’m warm in my sleeping bag. But, with only enough room to lie flat and the top of my shelter no […]

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January 22, 2020

These Plant-Based Meat Camp Recipes Taste Like the Real Deal

An adult and child smile while eating at a picnic table at camp.

Plant-based meat has slowly been making its way into the mainstream, thanks to successful efforts to engineer new products that taste like meat. It’s showing up in fast-food joints, Michelin-starred restaurants and even your local grocery store, which is where we step in. We wondered how we could bring the meatless trend into the outdoors […]

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