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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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August 9, 2019

Our Favorite Festivals this Fall

A group of tents sits in front of a group of pine trees, the sun shining through.

With a world of festivals at your fingertips, you have everything from classic summer camp games to rugged bouldering sessions to pick from. We’ve rounded up our favorite outdoorsy parties for this fall, so choosing is a little easier. Whether you’re interested in deepening your yoga practice or dancing ’til your feet are sore, there’s […]

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August 6, 2019

Bears Ears National Monument Management Draws Criticism As Court Battles Continue

a double rainbow over Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah

Southeastern Utah is known for its rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and camping, as well as cultural resources for Native American tribes with thousands of archaeological sites. The Bears Ears area—named for two tall buttes that resemble a bear’s head peeking over a ridge—is also a wonderland of buried fossils of dinosaurs, giant sloths, and […]

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July 22, 2019

Poop Happens. What Happens Next?

Person walks toward two outdoor toilets.

Everyone poops. So it follows that if you’re out in the wilderness for longer than a day or two, you’ll probably have to relieve yourself in the outdoors. What happens then? A lot of times people leave their poop in the backcountry in a cathole—a hole you dig, poop in and cover back up. But […]

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July 5, 2019

Tidy Up Your Gear Storage

Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

I’m just your average hiker/backpacker/dabbling cyclist/SUP enthusiast/occasional car camper. Sound familiar? If you’ve caught the multisport bug like I have, then you probably have enough gear to not only tackle any activity, but to outfit your friends, too. You also probably have a gear closet, garage, shed or storage area that could benefit from some […]

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July 5, 2019

First Look: 7 New Products for Luxe Car Camping

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

With  more innovative gear hitting the market every year, car camping hardly means roughing it anymore—and we mean that in a good way. We got a first look at the newest camping gear at Denver’s Outdoor Retailer trade show last month and the future is bright: These products bring more comfort, creativity and versatility to […]

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June 25, 2019

The 7 Coolest New Products for Backpackers We Found at Outdoor Retailer

Black Diamond ReVolt 350

We scoured the massive show floor of last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver in search of the most exciting pieces of backpacking gear hitting shelves—and trails—in the coming months. From stoves to sleeping pads to backpacks, the innovation of your favorite brands didn’t disappoint. Backpacking gear is getting lighter, more comfortable and more […]

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June 17, 2019

I Went to an LGBTQ+ Camp. Here’s What Happened

Four people around a campfire in a dark night.

My parents were the type of middle class people who wanted to give their one and only child the kind of childhood they couldn’t have dreamt of when they were growing up. So they sent me to summer camp. Every summer, they followed their personal training clients from Manhattan to Martha’s Vineyard, cheering them on […]

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June 11, 2019

What Is a Hammock Underquilt and How Do You Use One?

Hammock underquilts are the best way to stay warm during cold campouts.

If you’ve grown to love hanging out in your hammock, perhaps you’ve contemplated sleeping overnight in your outdoor cocoon. Two obvious needs for overnight comfort are bug netting and a rain tarp, which you can buy separately or may come included as parts of a hammock tent system. One often overlooked issue, though, is how […]

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