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There’s plenty to celebrate about this most-fabulous month of the year—a return to hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, and trail running. (And a continuation of spring skiing for the die-hards among us who consider a crusty isothermal snowpack a really good time.) Spring also heralds plenty of UnNew gear deals here on Geartrade—plus super deep discounts on winter gear if you want to think ahead for next year.
There are a million ways to go camping, and all of them are a different flavor of fun. While deluxe options exist like glamping (Pinterest-worthy teepee tents!) and van camping (string lights sold separately), we’ll focus here on good old-fashioned tent camping. Tent camping comes in two main varieties: car camping, in which you drive up to your campsite, and backpacking, in which you hoof it on a trail for hours or days with all your supplies on your back.
Ideally in my mind, this Year of UnNew would feature not a single purchase of a single new thing. Literally nothing (save food and medicine, as we outlined at the beginning of this journey). But, of course life doesn’t operate in a silo, and things don’t always work out the way we envision or plan.
On one memorable trip to the Valley of the Gods in Southern Utah, photographer Jay Dash took one carefully planned photo—and one photo that fate lined up.