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2013 Gear Guide: Camp Comforts

Washington Trails gear tested camp suggestions for 2013. When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, quality gear can make or break a backcountry adventure. And in the Northwest's temperamental seasons, a comfortable camp is key. Try some of these awesome items to make camp time as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, quality gear can make or break a backcountry adventure. And in the Northwest's temperamental seasons, a comfortable camp is key. Try some of these awesome items to make camp time as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

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exped hammock 250Exped Ergo Hammock Combi

A hammock that won’t ruin their back by morning, the Exped Ergo Hammock Combi offers luxurious horizontal sleep so they’re lying on a flat surface. They simply slide their sleeping pad into the sleeve, set up the included tarp and bug nets, and voila! $379

 

 

nemo sleeping pad 250NEMO Cosmo Air Pad

The NEMO Cosmo Air Pad is so comfortable and easy to set up that your recipient will be making up more reasons to go camping. It sports 3 thick inches of loft, extra padding in the upper area for head support, and a built-in foot pump so their lungs can take a breather. $150

 

tribe one pack tach kit 250

Tribe One Pack Tach Kit

Do you have a hiking companion that always overpacks? If they’re going to insist on carrying that camp chair, fishing pole and pack-raft, then help them out with a Tribe One Pack Tach Kit. Now they can easily add hook points and stretch-netting without damaging their pack. $12*

 

REI Passage 40

When the kids are ready to carry their own overnight backpack, get them an REI Passage 40. It’s designed to grow with little hikers without sacrificing all the features bigger hikers appreciate, and includes plenty of pockets and attachments for all their outdoor essentials. Designed for kids ages 6 to 11.  $99

 

scrubba washbag 250

Scrubba Wash Bag

Scrubba-dub-dub! Now they can clean clothes whether they're on the trail or in camp with the Scrubba Wash Bag. They just drop their dirty clothes in, secure the top of the bag, and rub the clothes against the internal silicon washboard to get their duds squeaky clean. Their hiking companions will thank you!  $65*

 

thermacell lantern 250

Brunton WOW Task Light

They’ll love the versatility of the Brunton WOW Task Light, a compact, rechargeable light that can be used as a flashlight or a lantern, depending on how they attach the diffuser lens. A handy addition for any camper or backpacker.  $47



brunton wow light 250

ThermaCELL Mosquito Lantern

Some of the nicest destinations in the Northwest are also home to millions of mosquitoes hungry for blood. Help your friends defend themselves with the ThermaCELL Mosquito Lantern. It protects a 15- by 15-foot area for up to 12 hours—great for the back yard or the backcountry. $32 and $40*

 

helinox chair 250

Helinox Chair

A comfortable chair by the fire is infinitely better than sitting on a rock or log. The Helinox Chair One folds up small for easy packing and makes a front-country camp a little more like home. You should probably get one for yourself as well, once you see how camp-comfy it is! $90

 

thermarest pillow 250

Therm-A-Rest Down Pillow

Give them the gift of a good night’s sleep with a Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow. They’ll be so much more comfortable than with that bunched-up fleece or puffy, making them rested and ready for another day on trail. Also makes a great present for frequent travelers.  $45

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With each purchase made through WTA's gear guide, 7-10 percent of sales is returned directly to WTA's trail programs thanks to our retail affiliates, helping to keep the trails you love open and accessible for you and for hikers across the state.

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