How to Make Char Cloth At Home

In an effort to feel more comfortable outside, I decided to take REI’s 3 Season Wilderness Surival course based out of China Camp State Beach (just north of San Francisco). This particular class was women-only and led by an amazing female instructor – highly recommended if you’re noob like me and not as comfortable in some of the other classes!

One of the areas we focused on was the art of staying warm and surviving through the night – aka creating fire. While there are (literally) thousands of ways to start a fire efficiently, one of the simplest ways is with the help of charcloth. I had a few holey Everlane cotton t-shirts sitting sadly in my closet, so I decided to turn them into charcloth in the comfort of my apartment.

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REI 4th of July Sale Picks

REI Co-Op Vintage Logo Nalgene

July 4th is almost upon us – which also means retailers of all shapes and sizes are hosting sales! While REI’s 4th of July sale isn’t as significant as their anniversary sale, there are still plenty of deals to be had. Read on for a few of my picks from this round.

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DIY Barry’s Bootcamp at Home

DIY Barry's Bootcamp at Home

While I love the outdoors, it’s tough to get away for a hike on the weekdays with work- instead, I’ll typically take classes at various studios and gyms. When I moved to NYC in 2014 for grad school, several classmates raved about a new fitness subscription service at the time called ClassPass. Fast forward three years later, and I’m still a loyal subscriber on their 5-class per month plan for $65. It’s great for getting in some quick workouts on weekdays after work. I’m a huge fan of Barry’s Bootcamp on the platform, but the plan only allows me to go there twice a month.

For those not familiar with Barry’s, it’s a chain of high intensity interval training studios with several US locations and a few international ones as well. While I enjoy their workouts and would love to take more classes, my bank account says otherwise – a-la-carte classes cost $32 a pop in San Francisco! I was determined to replicate some of the workouts at home (unfortunately, my apartment building does not have a gym), so I decided to take a look at how much it would cost to DIY Barry’s Bootcamp at home.

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What to Pack for Yosemite in the Spring

View of Washington Column from North Pines Campground

Though Yosemite is located in central California, its weather varies greatly from the nearby warmer, dryer central valley. In the spring, temperatures can swing from 20 degrees F to 80 degrees F in the span of days – which can make packing a challenge. Like dressing for San Francisco, the key is to bring layers that can be easily added or removed. Read on for what I packed recently for a three-day two-night car camping trip!

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