Moon Washington Camping

Top-selling outdoors writer Tom Stienstra covers the best camping in Washington state, including notable campsites around the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Rainier, the San Juan Islands, and Olympic National Park. Stienstra provides easy-to-follow maps with driving directions to each campground, along with camping options ranging from secluded alpine hike-ins to convenient roadside stopovers. Complete with […]

Moon Oregon Camping

Top-selling outdoors writer Tom Stienstra covers the adventures of camping in Oregon, including notable campsites along the Oregon Coast, Portland and the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood, as well as the Southern Cascades. Stienstra provides easy-to-follow maps with driving directions to each campground, along with camping options from secluded alpine hike-ins […]

Sierra Crossing: An Evening with Tom Stienstra

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Date: 8/29/13 Time: 7:00–8:30pm Location: REI Berkeley, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 Imagine walking in the footsteps of trailblazers and explorers across a pristine landscape that looks much as it did 5,000 years ago. The crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range offers towering canyon rims, ancient virgin forests, pristine lakes and creeks, […]

Camping Options: Boat-In Seclusion

Most campers would never think of trading in their cars, pickup trucks, or RVs for boats instead, but people who go by boat on a camping trip enjoy virtually guaranteed seclusion and top-quality outdoor experiences. Outdoorsman Tom Stienstra tells you what you need to know to enjoy the many available boat-in campgrounds, as well as how to fashion your own personal campsite.

Finding the Perfect Pair of Hiking Boots

Every hiker eventually conducts a search for the perfect boot in the mission for ideal foot comfort and freedom from blisters. While there are many entries in this search—in fact, so many that it can be confusing—there is a way to find that perfect boot for you.

Learning the Art of Layering to Better Enjoy the Outdoors

The most important element for enjoying the outdoor experience in any condition is to stay dry and warm. Thus comes the theory behind layering, which suggests that as your body temperature fluctuates or the weather shifts, you simply peel off or add available layers as needed—and have a waterproof shell available in case of rain.

Camping Tips: Picking a Good Sleeping Spot

When surveying a camp area, the most important consideration should be to select a good spot for sleeping. Everything else is secondary. Here are expert outdoorsman Tom Stienstra’s tips for ensuring a good night’s rest.

How to Get Kids Excited About the Outdoors

How do you compete with the television and remote control? How do you prove to a kid that success comes from persistence, spirit, and logic, which the outdoors teaches, and not from pushing buttons? The answer is in these Ten Camping Commandments for Kids.