camping

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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January 15, 2020

Winter Camping Advice: We Learned the Hard Way

A group of trekkers wander through a white winter landscape.

Snow-covered landscapes, early nights and crisp mornings, a stillness impossible to describe—if you haven’t tried winter camping, you probably should. Without the swarms of mosquitoes and crowds of campers, you can experience all of the majesty of the outdoors minus the usual hassles. But we won’t lie—if you don’t know what you’re doing, the experience […]

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December 30, 2019

Our Favorite Places for Warm-Weather Camping This Winter

Winter camping doesn’t have to mean cold nights, thick sleeping bags and snow-covered tents. It can just as easily involve T-shirts, sunscreen and, most importantly, warm weather. All you have to do is head south. From the Florida Keys to the American Southwest, here are some of our favorite campsites for a little fun in […]

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December 6, 2019

Good Gear: Buy a Flannel, Help Save the Ocean

United By Blue

On a muddy shore, five volunteers dig for tires. A dozen comb the beach for old water bottles and railroad ties. Several cut tree branches entangling vehicle carcasses. A person operating a skid-steer loads a barge with torched pieces of a boat’s steam tank, while another hauls decrepit trash from an amusement park that burned […]

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