Northwest Gear Closet: Sweet Deals on Camping Gear

We scoured the internet for camping and adventure travel deals and this is what we’ve found. Prices are as we state them at the time of publication. CAMPING GEAR REI Lumen +40 Sleeping Bag DEAL: 26% off right now at $109 WHY WE LOVE IT: Because you don’t need a zero degree bag in summer, so why […]

Clearance: Camping Gear Galore

The best thing about receiving cash or gift cards for the holidays? Clearance sales. The one big piece of gear our family “needs” (i.e. really wants but can’t yet afford) is a family-sized tent for car camping. The Big Agnes Mad House 4 Tent has long been one of my top choices, and it’s now 25% […]

Gear Closet: Seven Deals on Camping Gear

From a mod tea kettle to the best wool blanket any campground has ever seen, we’ve scoured the web to find some great current deals on camping gear. CAMPING GEAR GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle,32 Ounce DEAL: $16.95 (usually around $23) WHY WE LOVE IT: The sleek lines and industrial look match our mod attitudes. Oh, and its […]

Ten Essentials for Surviving the Northwest Rain

Drip, drip, drip. In autumn, we wait for the inevitable. We wait, patiently, for the rain to come and stay. The days on end of grey. The constant puddles to dodge. And once winter is here, it’s here for days on end. Months, even. And then we wait, patiently, for the rain to end. The sun will […]

Fall Gear Sale at

Every fall when I pack up our outdoor gear, I make a list of the things we need to repair or replace. It’s a wishful list. Times are tough, and I’m not buying much new gear these days. But is hosting a special deal right now, the kind of deal I can’t quite ignore, […]

Five Pieces of Camping Equipment You Don’t Need, But Will Love

You have the perfect tent. And your Dad’s old Coleman stove still works like a charm. What’s next? If you’re an occasional camper, you acquire the basics to keep you warm, dry and fed in the outdoors and you’re good to go. But if you’re ready to take your camping to the next level, there’s a whole […]

Storm Watching Essentials

Any visitor to the Pacific Coast in spring, winter or fall should be prepared for storms. Bring clothes for any weather, especially warm layers and rain gear, and be ready to call it a day and stay indoors if the storm gets severe. But that’s part of the fun, just be sure you’re well-stocked with […]

Car Camping Checklist

We’ve just returned home from our first car camping weekend of the summer. Our home was our Kelty tent perched high above the Ohanapecosh River, swollen with snowmelt off the southeastern flank of Mount Rainier. My ears are still delightfully roaring from the sound of the river, and I may have cedar twigs dangling from […]