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REI Cyber Sale: Save Up to 50% Off

REI’s Cyber Sale offers some of the best deals of the year. Save up to 50 percent on sleeping pads, trekking poles, wool socks, and more.

Whether you’re camping, exploring the trails, or traveling, having the right gear makes any adventure more fun. And for a limited time, you can grab great gear at 50 percent off! The sale ends on December 8 and quantities are limited, so act fast.

REI Cyber Sale

We’ve highlighted some of our favorite deals below. If you’re shopping for specific brands, select gear from Arc’teryx, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, REI Co-op, and more are discounted now. Plus, you can score 25 percent off one REI Outlet item with code CYBERDEAL19.

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REI Co-op Underwear & Base Layers: $9-62 (25-40% Off)

Everyone needs a good pair of undies and winter-friendly base layers. Luckily, you can now save 40 percent. From women’s Active Bikini underwear to men’s boxers and every weight of base layer tops and bottoms, the entire selection is on sale.

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Exped Mega Mat 10 Sleeping Pad, Long X-Wide: $143 (40% Off)

Dreaming of a sleeping pad that’s as comfortable as your bed? Then you should check out the fan-favorite Exped MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad.

It provides a level sleep surface from edge to edge and features two valves for quick inflation. If you’re looking for a wide pad or an option that sleeps two people, opt for the MegaMat Duo.

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REI Co-op Flexlite Chairs: $42-72 (40% Off)

These chairs are light, packable, and comfortable. The Flexlite Air is great for camping backpacking with a weight of just one pound. For a little extra warmth, check out the Underquilt Bundle.

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JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker: $30 (57% Off)

This portable Bluetooth speaker makes a great gift. It weighs just 14 ounces, runs for 10 hours on a charge, and is waterproof. And it’s a killer deal at just $30. Grab it while you can because this won’t last.

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REI Co-op Wallace Lake Flannel Pants — Women’s & Men’s: $25 (50% Off)

These 100-percent cotton flannel pants are made for comfort. Wear them around the cabin and during cozy Saturday mornings.

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2019 Top Sellers: What GearJunkie Readers Love to Buy & Gift

Here’s our list of the top-selling products GearJunkie readers purchased at REI in 2019. Shop these tried-and-true favorites to gear up yourself or give them as gifts this holiday. Read more…

Patagonia Descensionist Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: $224 (50% Off)

Looking for a do-all backcountry jacket? Then it’s time you met the Patagonia Descensionist. Built for mountain adventures, it offers top-level protection in a thin, light package.

The three-layer, 50-denier hardshell fabric stays breathable on the uphill while the DWR finish protects against saturation.

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LifeStraw: $14 (30% Off)

LifeStraw makes a variety of products to filter dirty and contaminated water. It’s easy to use and packable, so it works well camping, backpacking, and traveling.

It’s hard to beat a gravity filter for less than 40 bucks. And this versatile universal adaptor kit will turn your favorite water bottle into a filter.

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Gregory Nano 18 H20 Hydration Pack: $42 (40% Off)

Grab this pack and get ready to hit the trail. The 18L gear capacity holds all of the essentials without additional bulk. And the 3L hydration reservoir means you can stay on the move without getting thirsty. It’s also available in a 22L capacity.

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Gerber Suspension NXT Multitool: $23 (30% Off)

With 15 tools in one sleek package, this multitool will become your favorite everyday carry. It comes complete with needle-nose pliers, a Phillips screwdriver, three flat screwdrivers, an awl, a file, a ruler, a can opener, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, and a lanyard point.

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Merrell MQM FLex Hiking Shoe — Women’s & Men’s: $77 (30% Off)

This versatile hiking shoe offers all the protection and lightweight technology you need to move quickly in the mountains. The breathable mesh construction keeps feet cool, and the dual-direction midsole maximizes agility and stability.

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Holiday Gifts: 12 Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

Want to reduce single-use plastic and use gear made of recycled materials? Check out these small, sustainable gifts to help make a bigger impact. Plus, all of these stocking stuffers are under $30. Read more…

The Gear We Want: Our Editors’ Holiday Wish List

What are GearJunkie staff members hoping to receive as gifts for the holiday? Check out the gear on our wish list. Read more…

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Kids With Disabilities Have a Right to Outdoor Field Trips

The advantages kids gain from nature are well recorded, which becomes part of the factor school sightseeing tour frequently include trips into the Great Outdoors. Kids with specials needs, nevertheless, often get left.

Ryan Neighbors is a Kentucky 10-year-old with spina bifida who utilizes a wheelchair. She didn’’ t wish to lose out on her class sightseeing tour to a state park, however the surface was going to make it hard for her to take part. An instructor offered to bring her, and that story went viral—– all the method to the Today program , on which Ryan, her mom, and the instructor shared their story, stressing the significance of addition and commemorating the instructor’’ s kindness.

But kids with specials needs must have the ability to join their peers on expedition, such amazing acts of compassion regardless of.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act need schools to offer lodgings to trainees with psychological or physical impairments, so they have equivalent access to services and programs. In the class, these laws, together with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), may suggest that an individually paraprofessional or an indication language interpreter be designated to a kid, for instance.

The ADA and Section 504 likewise reach school trip and after-school activities. Often, kids with impairments are informed that they can’’ t go on the field journey, or that a moms and dad will require to come along.


The issue frequently comes down to an absence of appropriate preparation ahead of time. This is according to Bruce Goldstein, a Buffalo, New York-based legal representative who has actually dealt with many households whose kids dealt with school trip issues. These trainees’ ’ requirements have actually differed– from a kid who has diabetes and merely needed access to the ideal sort of food in case of low blood glucose, to a trainee with asthma who required somebody to administer treatment, to a deaf trainee who utilizes indication language.

If the school states it can’’ t supply the essential lodgings, in some cases a moms and dad actions in. ““ Some moms and dads feel boxed into the corner, and they wind up going, simply to permit their kid to take part,” ” Goldstein states. ““ for the school or school district, it is not a sensible lodging to need the moms and dad to go along. It ’ s something that the district needs to handle as its obligation.” ”


Goldstein likewise explains that having the moms and dad there on the sightseeing tour alters the vibrant for the kid.

Ryan Neighbors had actually missed out on sightseeing tour prior to. Usually, she gets an academic day of rest, and ““ we ’ ll sort of develop our own expedition,” ” states her mom, Shelly King. ““ Well, when she returns, she is not actually consisted of in the lesson strategy, due to the fact that what they find out on the excursion, they infiltrate their lesson strategy at school.” ”


When King discovered out that this field journey would include a getaway to the fossil beds at Falls of the Ohio State Park, she figured Ryan would have to miss this one. Eventually, regardless of understanding that it would be physically challenging to bring her child up and down the stones and steps the group would pass through, King chose she would utilize a knapsack provider to bring Ryan. That’’ s when an instructor at Ryan’s school, Jim Freeman, found out about the circumstance and offered to bring her.

Some locations of the park were available—– a ramp went part of the method to the fossil beds, King discusses. Ryan might have gone down to the end of the ramp in her wheelchair, however she would have had to stop there and view her pals check out from afar.

““ She liked being down there in the fossil beds,” ” King states. “ She resembled, ‘ I got to get the rocks and feel them and hold them, and I got to be actually near to the fossils, and if I was up on that ramp, I wouldn ’ t have actually truly been able’” to see the“fossils. ’ ”

. “ I got to get the rocks and feel them and hold them, and I got to be actually near the fossils, and if I was up on that ramp, I wouldn ’ t have actually been able”to see the fossils. ”.

The distinction in between stopping at the end of the ramp and going all the method into the fossil beds is something the school might not have actually completely thought about. It’’ s not that schools are attempting to shirk their commitments—– it might be that periodic excursion merely put on’’ t get analyzed far sufficient ahead of time. ““ The daily remains in the leading edge,” ” Goldstein “states, “ and this often sort of slips off the radar.” ” He includes, “ If moms and dads understand what their kids ’ s rights and their rights are, and the school district ’ s commitment towards those kids, these are problems that should be resolved and gone over at the preparation conferences that are needed to be held under law [as part of the kid’’ s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 preparation conference]””


This problem shows up often in the San Francisco Unified School District, states Alida Fisher, previous chair of the district’’ s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. ““ There are many schools that do over night experiential excursion, and our kids with distinctions who require additional assistance either get left, or moms and dads occurred.” ”


Fisher ’ s kid has behavioral problems that need a one-to-one para in school. When his fifth-grade class was preparing an over night field journey for 2 nights at NatureBridge, a rustic leisure center in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco, his para couldn’’ t go with him. With no other option that would permit her boy to go, Fisher and her partner ““ generally reorganized our lives for 3 days,” ” driving hours backward and forward to compromise responsibilities accompanying their child, and on the other hand finagling work and obligations for their other kids.

Alida Fisher and her child at NatureBridge in the Marin Headlands|Courtesy Alida Fisher

Two other kids on that school outing had actually moms and dads occurred to assist handle their specials needs, Fisher notes. ““ That was the only method these kids might access the sightseeing tour—– with adult assistance,” ” she states.’“ When you ’ ve got a kid with special requirements, you exceed and beyond when you can, however regrettably, not everybody can.” ”


’A moms and dad ’ s failure to require time off work or other obligations to accompany their kid shouldn’’ t imply the kid needs to remain behind.

““ Field journeys are still part of education,” ” states Nina Boyle, who deals with Support for Families of Children With Disabilities , which offers households ith education, assistance, and comprehending around kids’’ s rights. “ They ’ re chances for all trainees to learn more about and supporter for their world. They ’ re likewise social chances– social abilities belong to what trainees are finding out.””


Boyle ’ s child has spastic paralysis and utilizes a wheelchair. In school, he’’ s constantly had a one-to-one para or assistant, who would accompany him on sightseeing tour. ““ We ’ ve been truly fortunate because his groups in general have actually been thoughtful and prepared ahead of time [to make certain his requirements would be fulfilled],” ” she states.


Boyle remembers a sightseeing tour to the beach when her child was little. Wheelchairs are challenging in sand, however this beach had a course that ran near the coast, and his assistant took products such as blankets and pillows so that they might move him out of his chair and onto the sand. ““ They did some thinking ahead of time about what they would require in order to permit him to rest on the beach with everyone else.” ”


In offering sufficient lodgings, expense is an issue—– and over night outdoor camping journeys needing paras plainly sustain them. Goldstein keeps in mind that the law needs the school to offer sensible lodgings—– and that one component of reasonability is expense. “ “ But whatever the [school district’’ s] expense is going to be for this specific trainee, it’’ s going to fade in contrast to the yearly spending plan, so it would be difficult to argue it’’ s too pricey.”


Fisher keeps in mind that her district ’ s Community Advisory Committee is dealing with a proposition that would reserve some financing particularly for scenarios like paying a para to accompany a kid on an excursion.

Schools in some cases use an alternate activity for a kid who gets omitted. It’’ s crucial for kids with impairments to be consisted of, Goldstein states. “ They ’ re currently knowledgeable about being various, and as much as we can do for addition and normalization—– in regards to establishing entire people and permitting them to turn into grownups and seem like an important part of society—– we have a duty to motivate and support,” ” he states. “ The message that ’ s sent out by exemption is among those things that can have simply awful, long lasting results.” ”


Fisher concurs, keeping in mind that the majority of the kids with IEPs are normally in basic education. ““ They being in the class with their neurotypical peers for most of the day. To view all your buddies have the ability to go on this truly cool experiential school trip and after that get home a couple days later on and be speaking about it—– can you envision simply how ostracizing that would be to not have the ability to go?” ”


She includes, ““ Morally and fairly, addition is seriously crucial. I would state it’’ s much more crucial for our kids with numerous specials needs to be consisted of, due to the fact that we’’ ve got kids who believe and discover in many various methods.””


Fisher ’ s kid is a hands-on student. ““ The method he finds out is through the sort of experience the entire class got at NatureBridge,” ” she states. He ’ s now in 8th grade, and he still discusses what he found out on that fifth-grade journey. ““ He can still provide you an entire argumentation on banana slugs, due to the fact that he got to hold one—– since he got to feel its slime.””


Getting out in nature is specifically crucial for city kids who ““ hardly action beyond the city,” ” Fisher states. And they put on’’ t need to go far to seem like ““ it ’ s an entirely various world. It’’ s that initial step for numerous of our trainees in comprehending that the world is larger than what they do and see every day, which is the primary step in structure compassion, which is the initial step in making us a healthy and strong neighborhood.” ”


Courtesy Alida Fisher


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Watch As These Homesteaders Turn Old Busses Into Livable Quarters!

Are you looking for ideas on how you can transform a vehicle into a roaming home? Read on and gather ideas to create a beautiful bus renovation.

Watch As These Homesteaders Turn Old Busses Into Livable Quarters!

If you like the idea of living in a roaming home and travel the open road without the worry of not having the comfort of a home, your best option is to do a bus renovation. Many bold DIY-ers have made their dream of roaming home come true. Read on and look for that beautiful roaming home that can take your heart desires anywhere.


1. Cool 1959 Chevrolet Short Bus Retro


Winkelman Architecture transformed this short bus into a livable quarter for 12 passengers and a driver. It has a Moroccan-inspired interior, multicolored beads, tassel lamps, and Arabian textile prints. With plumbing (toilet and sink) as well. View it here.

2. Big Green Bus
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Built by carpenter Adam Collier-Woods. It has an amazing space that can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably and offers 2 double bedrooms, a full-size kitchen, and log-burning stove. Available for rent in the heart of Sussex countryside. Check it out here.

3. Franklin Vintage Caravan


If you just want a tiny place for you to travel with, you must see how the Franklin Vintage Caravan was transformed into a tiny house. Check it out here.

4. Rustic Masterpiece 2001 GMC Bluebird School Bus


Built by young couple Alyssa and Will and it took them 5 months to complete but the transformation of the 2001 GMC Bluebird School Bus into a new livable rustic masterpiece was a dream come true for the couple who wants to take a journey across the country in their bus, working on the road and look into what America has to offer. Check it out here.

5. Sweet Home Transformation of 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP



Built by Jake Von Slatt following an inspiration from the book Rolling Homes by Jane Lidz. He transformed the old 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP school bus into an amazingly livable family quarter out from mostly recycled and salvaged materials. It’s complete with kitchen, bathroom, bunk room, salon, and a master’s bedroom. View the transformation here.


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6. A Practical House Bus


Built by an architecture student, a truly practical living quarter out from an old bus. Complete with bathroom, kitchen, setting, and a bedroom. Check it out here.

7. Hospitable Home Transformation of the 1998 Thomas Built Bus

Who would not be amazed how the designer transforms this 39 foot Thomas School bus into a comfortable and hospitable living quarter that sure to fit an adventurer who loves to move from place to another. Check it out here.

8. Tiny Home Bus Conversion

Built by Stephanie Adams who dreamt of having a simpler life with less distraction. So, she purchased a 220-square-foot 2000 diesel model school bus and converted it into a comfortable mobile home that has all the comfort of a home which includes furniture, natural light, fridge, oven and more. See the full conversion here.

9. Bus Turned Into an Affordable Living Space


What can 2 talented women build? A chic living space out from an old bus that is complete with bathroom, bedroom, storage, kitchen, and even air conditioning. Check it out here.

10. 1948 Chevy Bus Transformed Into a Bohemian Home


Who would not love to live in a Bohemian house that moves from one place to another? It has a cozy wood-lined interior, fitted with built-in couches, closet, kitchen and a wood stove. It also has a  wooden loft to the back with a large window that is perfect for a full-scale view when traveling. Get the full view here.

Did you enjoy how old busses transform into a living quarter? Which one will you try? Let us know in the comments below.

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