Cool Camping Gear

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You bring a folding chair to the beach, so you can sit comfortably, yet put down your food and drinks on the sand, extending yourself to reach for them every time. If bringing a folding table is too much of a hassle, maybe you’ll find the SandStand a whole lot more appealing.

A handcrafted wooden beach table, it’s designed for utmost portability while giving you adequate surface space to hold beverages and a few snacks while you lounge on the sand. No more warming your beer on the sand or risking getting dirt on your snacks – just bring this thing along to ensure you can keep everything off the ground.


The Hydro Hammock is made from a sealed, high-tensile-strength synthetic fabric to ensure it can both hold in the water, as well as support the excess weight its bound to endure. It can carry up to two adults with 50 gallons of water in tow, although only 20 gallons should be enough to give anyone a satisfying bath (yes, that means you can try fitting in more people… I think). Because of the amount of weight it’s going to bear, we suggest finding somewhere seriously sturdy to tie the thing onto, like a large tree bark with the tightest knots your chubby fingers can muster. An included portable LPG-based water heating system allows you to keep the temperature at a satisfying level of warmth, although you can always just bear the cold if you’d rather pack light.

The-001 is a single disc that you can equip into a functional outdoor stove. That’s right, the entire thing just consists of a single disc and a set of pegs. Check it out!


A thermos is essential if you want to keep coffee hot when camping, yet it’s all but useless if you don’t have a way to boil water or make coffee. That’s why the Stanley Vacuum Coffee System integrates both functions within its normal-looking thermos body.

When all closed up, it looks like a regular vacuum flask – the kind where you keep the boiled water in the kitchen back home. Except, the thing is actually designed to disassemble into three distinct tools that will let you boil water, make coffee, and keep it hot for the duration of the day.

The Stanley Vacuum Coffee System uses a nesting design to house all items together inside a regular-looking thermos frame. The outer container is actually the pot, with a fold out arm for easily handling it over your Survival Stove, with the inner container serving as the actual vacuum flask. Between the two sits a French press tool that you can place inside the pot after you boil the water to brew some coffee. Once that’s done, simply pour all the coffee into the vacuum flask and put the assembly back together. The thermos will keep it hot for up to 24 hours.

It features a lid that can separate into two cups for sipping your hot beverage, with a dry storage stopper that can hold a stash of coffee grounds good for one brewing session (if you’re brewing enough to fill up the flask). Construction is BPA-free stainless steel.

More camping gadgets to come in future blog posts!

Easy, Delicious Camp Breakfast: Pinnacles Scramble

1 can (7 oz.) chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound large Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/2 in. thick
1 large poblano chile
4 green onions, sliced diagonally
8 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
About 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 cups fire-roasted tomato salsa
Crème fraîche
Warm corn tortillas*



1. Make potatoes: Preheat oven to 475°. Purée chipotles and sauce in a blender. Spoon 2 tbsp. into a bowl; save the rest for other uses. Stir in oil, salt, and pepper, then potatoes.

2. Spread potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a corner empty; put poblano in corner. Bake, turning chile and potatoes occasionally, until chile is blackened and potatoes are well browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool. Peel, stem, seed, and coarsely chop chile. In a plastic container, combine potatoes, chile, and onions; chill until used, up to 2 days.


3. Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl to blend with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper; set aside. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter, then add potato mixture and stir occasionally with a flexible spatula until hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add egg mixture, reduce heat to medium, and cook, scrambling gently, until set, 2 to 4 minutes; add cheese and cilantro during last minute. Serve with salsa, crème fraîche, and tortillas, plus more salt and pepper to taste.

*Double-wrap tortillas in foil and warm over low heat, turning often.

Great Places to Camp in WA: Nason Creek, Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Wenatchee

Skip the crowds camping on top of each other at Lake Wenatchee State Park and opt for this nearby US Forest Service campground, complete with flush toilets and potable water. You can walk from here to Lake Wenatchee State Park if you want a shower, canoe rental, horseback ride or ice cream cone. The sites are big, most are right on the creek and feel very secluded.

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Details: 73 sites, 2 groups sites. $17 a night for single site. RVs fine. Water and flush toilets. No reservations; campsites are first-come, first-serve. Nason Creek campground info.