Sep 07 2011
Category: Giveaways. Reviews

When we were shopping at REI for “summer fun” we kind of had two categories of “family fun” we shopped for. The first was me and Anneliese and our bike… we got Nutcase bike helmets, a floor bike tire pump, an “I <3 my bike” bell (haven’t put it on yet), a Planet Bike tire patch kit, a kleen kanteen sport top for Anneliese (to use with her gDiaper kleen kanteen), and probably a couple other things I’m forgetting. Our shopping trip was so much fun, and Sean showed us all sorts of great things we could use to have fun together. Even after he finished showing us around, we were in the store for another hour making our decisions.


The other category of shopping was for my husband…all sorts of “fun” things… a REI Classic x-large duffle bag for him to pack for his deployment in, and some survival gear – a camelbak bladder to sew into his gear, and some other little things. It would be awesome if we could do family activities with all 3 (4 sort of) of us this summer, but that’ll have to wait a little while.

We did take a family bike ride with all 3 of us before my husband had to leave. He was behind the camera though, so I didn’t get any pictures of all of us. We just took a few pictures of me and the baby at the end.


I have to be totally honest… I haven’t been bike riding with Anneliese. I want to. I’ve thought about it. But queasy dizzy nauseated pregnancy-woman doesn’t feel comfortable trying to balance with a baby on a bike right now. So we’ve been walking. Hopefully my nausea/dizziness/queasiness will pass soon and I will feel safer on two wheels.

The other thing is, it’s probably a good idea for us to wait a bit longer so that Anneliese can grow a bit more. Her head was the exact measurement for the smallest size of kid’s helmet, but it still seems big to me (see how it slipped in the picture above? It’s on the tightest setting). So I feel like we should wait until her helmet fits properly anyway.

I’m definitely looking forward to some great bike rides with Anneliese when the pregnancy stuff lets up a bit, and continuing into the cooler weather this fall, now that REI completed our cycling gear so that we have everything we need.

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237 Comments on Bike Riding with REI

  1. Zelma Mosley says:

    It’s inexpensive, fun and healthy! I pledge to take kids to hiking.

  2. Amy says:

    I pledge to take kids to hiking. I’d love to get hiking shoes at REI.

  3. cynthia says:

    We love going camping. We are planning a camping trip this fall and supplies from REI would be great!!

  4. Sarah says:

    I grew up as a die-hard camper, too. And we only took our kids camping for the first time last year. This year we had a baby, so we did “camp-at-home” and the baby and I got to sleep inside while everyone else slept out back in our tent. They had a great time!

  5. Linda says:

    I’d love to go camping with my family, but we’d need a new tent so that’s what I’d use the giftcard for. Also, based on this post, I’d probably need to get an air mattress.

  6. Veronica says:

    I pledge to camp more with the family, even if it is just in our back yard. THis gift card could help us get a tent.

  7. Annie says:

    My husband and I would use it to buy a water filter for backpacking. We have a dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail and really only need a few more things before we can get started!

  8. Isabel says:

    We love camping. We have 2 boys and have camped with them from the time they were about 3 months old. Love it. For a more comfortable nights rest get REI’s self-inflating pad to sleep on. Packs easily and is well worth the price. Besides you can’t beat REI’s guarantee.

  9. Vicky says:

    I LOVE REI and am so excited to do some awesome camping and hiking. My fav hikes are ones that include breathtaking waterfalls. Can’t wait!

  10. Maureen says:

    My family and I have camped many times, we are looking at buying an old trailer and a gift card would be great for some of the things I need for camping. Thank you so much!!!

  11. judy says:

    we’d update our camping equipment so we could maybe take our two year old with us.

  12. Pat says:

    We love camping and could really use a canoe for our trips to the lake!

  13. Tiffany says:

    I might have to start in the backyard, but I’ll work my way to a camping site. I really want to do it. An REI gift card would help!

  14. amy says:

    I would love to get my technologically inclined family out of the house and camping. It would be a great way to reconnect and detach from the hustle and bustle of our daily life.

  15. Jeanie says:

    We *were* a camping family until the kiddie. However as soon as the youngest is out of diapers (I really can’t imagine camping in the Florida sand and humidity with diapers.) we’ll get back out there!

  16. Lilia says:

    Your post just gave me camping fever, but fortunately we have time off in a few weeks to take care of that. My favorite part: playing Mad Libs in our tiny two-person Kelty after dousing the fire.

  17. Alana says:

    We love camping and did some at Yosemite this summer. We need, though, more air mattresses for the boys.

  18. helga says:

    $100 would go a long way to a new backpacking tent….need a new one bad:-)

  19. Melissa says:

    I pledge to go for a bike ride with the family along our Highline Canal. Love REI!

  20. Kendall says:

    Sounds like so much fun! I could use that REI gift card to take my college friends out on a camping trip 🙂

  21. Sharon says:

    We love camping! Might get some durable/reusable cooking ware. Or a new sleeping bag for me!

  22. Hillary says:

    We love to bike ride, and camp. The REI card would be a blessing.

  23. Patty says:

    I would pledge to buy running or biking gear and get outside on the beach – we live in Cali!

  24. Dona says:

    My family loooovvveess to camp! We can always use new equipment or supplies!

  25. Allison says:

    We went backpacking as a family when I was a child. The earlyist one I remember I was 8 that means my younger siblings (twins) were just 3 at the time. I don’t know how my parents did it. I do know that they paid someone to take our gear out so they didn’t have to carry gear and 4 small children down the mountain.

  26. Liz M. says:

    We’ve pledged to do some hiking this summer!

  27. Dee says:

    I pledged to spend more time outdoors hiking. It’s inexpensive, fun and healthy! Definitely should be doing more of this! 🙂

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  29. Diana says:

    My husband and I are avid hikers and campers. We could really use a $100 REI gift card toward some more hiking socks and a couple good rain jackets (since we’re in the Pacific Northwest!). Took the pledge!

  30. ewhatley says:

    We grab our stuff and our bikes and head across the street to the beach as often as possible. REI has clothes and supplies we could use for the beach.

  31. Melisa says:

    We do have a small tent but, while it worked for my husband and I as newlyweds…it won’t quite work now that we are a family of 5! So, a gift card would be great!

  32. Emilia says:

    My husband and I (and our dog!) love hiking and camping and we are fortunate to have a few places easily accessible. REI could help us get a new camp stove and some hiking socks, though!

  33. eileen says:

    My husband and I would LOVE to take our kids camping, especially now that the weather has cooled off some in our neck of the woods .

  34. Alisa says:

    My husband and I have recently started talking about taking our daughter camping. He has always loved camping, me not so much but sometimes you have to meet in the middle or go camping for the ones that you love!

  35. Katie says:

    My hips were definitely bruised and aching after a week of sleeping on the ground this summer. Plus, I noticed our camping chairs are starting to signs of stress, and I predict another summer of camping would leave us falling through the seats! A better mattress from REI would be great!

  36. chad says:

    My wife and I are planning to go on a camping trip with about 5 other friends and their families. The problem we are running into right now is that we don’t have a tent, we have always borrowed peoples in the past. It’s about time we buy one though.

  37. Whit says:

    I would love to take more family bike rides…the money would go towards gear!

  38. patricia says:

    With September here our plan is to go out and do some apple picking, then pumpkins later on. Love taking the kids out doors and could use a tent to expand that to going camping.

  39. Lizzy says:

    My husband and I are more “great American road trip” than tent campers. We have a trailer and once a year pick a spot on the map, then drive there to see the sights. REI has some awesome gear for the activities that we do when we get there (last year was trail riding, this year was more “touristy” sightseeing through some national parks).

  40. Amanda says:

    My husband and I camped once with some friends, and now that we’re starting our own family, we think it would be so much fun to try some camping with our kids. We live being outdoors!

  41. Britt says:

    It won’t be this summer, but I want to take my due-in-January baby to explore the outdoors as soon as she’s big enough and the weather allows it!

  42. Lexy says:

    We are eager to return to camping…I’d use it to buy a campstove and accessories as the one we had been borrowing has been returned (finally) to its real owner.

  43. Cara says:

    We have been thinking lately about going camping. My mom and Dad used to take me when I was small, but my husband and I have never really made it a regular thing. I think our daughter is at the age now where she would enjoy it.

  44. lucy says:

    This is the best time of year for camping, kayaking, biking… all the best family activities. Would love an (REI gift card) excuse to get outside & play.

  45. Eugenie says:

    I’d love to go camping and do some serious hiking in the beautful White Mountains.
    I’d use my REI GC to get a new tent first.

  46. Lee says:

    I plan on going camping and doing lots of hiking after buying a new pair of hiking boots at REI.

  47. Leah Walker says:

    I want to take a for real camping trip with my little family before my daughter graduates high school next year.


  48. Sue says:

    We have yet to take our family camping in the true sense of the word, however my husband and 4 year old son set up a tent and camped in the basement during Hurrican Irene. My son loved it and wants to go on a real camping trip.

  49. Stacy says:

    We love camping and go as often as possible. Our daughters are now grown and moved away from home, but just last weekend they came out to the campground to join us. We don’t use a tent anymore, but we started out that way when our girls were only 1 and 6. We’ve done most of our summer vacations camping and have been to many state and national parks. It’s a great way to see the country for less money and you meet wonderful people along the way.

  50. Marlene says:

    Pads to go under my sleeping bag or an air mattress… I love camping and some of my favorite memories from growing up are from camping trips. We saw so many beautiful things and my Dad always planned these neat tours of factories in the area (and not so neat ones… like a dog food factory). heh. I can’t wait to have children to take on camping trips. What fun.

  51. Luis D says:

    I’d love an REI $100 card!! It would certainly help with the purchase of a tent & sleeping bags that I need to get for my son’s boy scout family campout

  52. Eva says:

    I would use it towards a new bike for my husband- he bikes to work and his current bike is having problems.

  53. Kristen says:

    I would love to put this towards a canoe for the family, we have a lake down the road we could get in on!

  54. Terry says:

    We love Camping, husband was just talking about taking the kids again yesterday. We all have air mattresses though. We’ve had to camp out in a few houses before our furniture arrived, so we’ve been able to take ours camping. We don’t have a tent though. We’ve only borrowed and rented one. Would love to win! I think camping is such a great way to unplug and really really enjoy family and nature.

  55. Donna B. says:

    I pledge to go camping which my son LOVES! Winning the gift card would allow me to buy a sleeping bag (my son has one, I don’t)

  56. Mandy says:

    We just registered for camping stuff for our wedding next May! after that, we’ll be doing a lot of camping!

  57. Hana says:

    My husband has never been camping, while I often went as a child. My children now want to experience the joy of camping, so we’ve planned a trip for October. I’ve got to buy a tent and sleeping bags, so the giftcard will definitely help!

  58. Courtney C says:

    My son just joined scouts and we really don’t have decent camping equipment, so we’d use this to buy a tent and go camping with the scouts!

  59. Lenny says:

    Summer is almost over here in the far north, but still plenty of time to use a gift certificate on a new pair of hiking boots…and get them broken in before the snow flies.

  60. Sharon says:

    Our family loves to camp! We were able to go twice this summer and I totally hear you on the mattress pad situation. We thought we were in good shape with a nice big blow up air mattress, but we ended up on the cold ground by the middle of the night due to a hole. If we were able to win a gift certificate to REI, we would buy a good mattress like my brother and sis-in-law have from REI and they LOVE it!

  61. angie says:

    I would love to take more hikes and country trips, maybe including some picnics etc. One thing they have that would be great for any of that is the KIND Fruit and Nut Bars! They are all natural and vegetarian and come in 5 different flavors so everyone could get what they like! Great for on the go and you could just stick one in your pocket or backpack!

  62. amy esccalante says:

    I can’t wait to take my son camping for the first time!! REI will be our go to place from his first sleeping bag to some cool Klean Kanteen water bottles!

  63. Mariana says:

    I’d love to take my daughters on a hike 🙂

  64. Tina M says:

    Camping. I will use this gc buy a new tent

  65. Rochelle says:

    I pledged to get a group together for a camping trip. And I would buy the REI Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Pad with my gift card so we could camp comfortably. Huge fan of REI. Thanks!

  66. Nancy says:

    I would love to take my husband camping. The kids too. Shoot, if I win the REI card, I could get a tent and take them all!

  67. Kerry S says:

    My husband and I are avid backpackers, but last summer our tent was mauled by a bear (fortunately, we were not). We planned to replace it, but have recently took in a teenager who had no home or parents to care for her. We needed a bigger home than a one room cabin, and wanted to provide her with some stability, so we bought a house. Our budget is tight now, and we can’t afford things that aren’t essential. I would love to be able to buy a new tent so that we could share our love of the mountains with our new “little girl”, and hopefully bring some healing to her troubled life.

  68. Melissa says:

    We are planning a snow ski trip for November and this REI gift certificate would be so helpful!! We have a family of 5 to outfit in snow gear!!

  69. Casey says:

    Camping sounds like a blast maybe I could even get my preteen boys interested in.

  70. Jana says:

    We had a great time camping for a week in July with my brother and his family. The more kids , the merrier!! Our favorite part was canoeing (boys against the girls race at the end). Haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. What a great week of fun, fellowship, games , and laughter!

  71. Dawn says:

    I’ve never been camping like this but my kids want to go and my husband used to go. I think we’d buy a tent and hope to use it before winter gets here.

  72. Gina W says:

    We love camping and plan to do more of that with our 6 y.o. We also plan to spend more time on the kayaks that my husband bought from REI last spring. $100 would really help to buy more camping equipment.

  73. Zach says:

    Hikes are my favorite! No better time than beautiful fall weather!

  74. Tina says:

    I pledge to take more trips to the local state park! REI gear can only help with that!

  75. John L says:

    Love camping, and love REI – especially love hiking with my dog, and especially now that it’s not so hot outside!

  76. Kristine says:

    Man with all this rain, my daughter has been begging to set up a tent indoors and pretend to camp. She is dying to get outdoors!

  77. Meghan H says:

    My husband, dog and I really need to go for a hike. The weather is finally nice here, so it would be fun (instead of simply miserable).

  78. Ellen says:

    We have a lot of camping equipment but our tent is really old and does not stay dry…

  79. Sammy says:

    We’re camping on Lake Erie this fall with our two girls and with friends. We’ve had a rough few months (husband’s health issues) so we’re looking forward to getting back to nature and trying to do it frugally.

  80. Wayne says:

    We love the REI store because all the staff are so knowledgable and helpful. A $100 gift certificate would help us buy locks for our bikes.

  81. Tamara says:

    I would love to get a nice tent and go camping!!

  82. Hannah says:

    Camping holds fond memories for me of smore making, hot dogs, marshmellows, bears, racoons, the camp fire stories, singing and so much more. My parents even had a special camp mobile. Those were the days!!!

  83. Regina says:

    I’ve never been tent camping, just cabins (some quite spartan). I’m willing to give tent camping a go. We love hiking and grilling out, so I’m thinking this is the next step.

  84. Melissa T says:

    I pledge to go hiking with the family and biking with the significant other, and would love to get some proper hiking shoes or put the money towards a new bike for the significant other 🙂

    Thank you for the opportunity! 😀

  85. Holly says:

    I have never been to camping at all. Always busy working; never had two days off. I want to go camping in the future and would love to have 100 bucks to start off.

  86. Felicia C says:

    Looking forward to hiking during our New England fall foliage season! And we could stand to upgrade our sleeping bags since I ripped one last time I washed them…

  87. Kat says:

    We need a camping stove so we can go camping without other families who do the cooking:/

  88. Jeremy says:

    I would use the REI GC to get our bikes back into shape!

  89. belen says:

    Would love to win, could use some more equipment for cooking over the fire. Love the outdoors and camping!

  90. Bridget says:

    My husband and I don’t camp much. We do like to hike (but we don’t really do that too much either).

    I would love to get a pair of boots from REI…we both hike in our tennis shoes.

  91. kimberly says:

    Well, because summer is almost over where we are… I might actually use it to get a jogging stroller (so both baby and mommy could enjoy the great outdoors) or a snowsuit for our toddler this winter! Thanks for the chance!!

  92. Becky says:

    We have a new bike rider in our family so a new bike from REI would be spiffy. Thanks!

  93. Miranda says:

    Awesome! We just had our first baby and are trying to outfit a bike with a child seat so we can go riding as a family.

  94. Evan says:

    I loved going on the camping trip vicariously with your family….so many memories for me with my children years ago. Your family looked like it had such a happy time.

  95. Jess says:

    We’d like to try camping, but it’s intimidating with a baby. We’ll at least take some long hikes. If we had the supplies, we might try backyard camping first to test it out

  96. Sandra says:

    I grew up going to/working at a Girl Scout resident camp. I volunteered as a counselor for one week this summer, which made my 14th summer at St Albans. The things I learned there and the people I met truly shaped my life.

    I am of the firm belief that the family of your choosing can be just as (sometimes more) important than the family you were given. My fellow camp counselors are my family. Right now a lot of the group is going to college, graduating from college, getting ‘real world’ jobs, getting engaged, married, moving away or having babies (or some combination!). We’ve talked for a long time about getting a staff backpacking trip together, but since we can’t use the camp’s property, we wouldn’t have enough supplies.

    It would be great to get some time to regroup together and remind ourselves what’s really important.

  97. Jacquelyn says:

    Leaving for West Virginia for a camping trip next month!

    This gift-card would be perfect to buy some new gear for that trip.

  98. Ana says:

    We enjoy hiking. We don’t enjoy camping so much. I would use an REI gift card on hiking boots for my husband. We got some for me on sale last year, but he only has hiking sandals right now.

  99. Steph says:

    I could use it to buy a beautiful tent for camping.

    Thank you.

  100. Elsie says:

    Summer is over in these parts – I could see my breath this morning, it is MUCH cooler now. I would love to buy a pair of cross country skis!

  101. Caroline says:

    I’d love some REI money for a good tent! We’re going for a holiday in the Adirondacks and will be doing some hiking there!

  102. Fran says:

    My husband and I love to go trail running together. Sometimes those turn into brisk hikes if we aren’t feeling too ambitious. A REI Gift Certificate would definitely come in handy for loading up on some fall running equipment.

  103. Claudia says:

    I think I have only ever been camping once when I was really little. My daughter has been asking to go camping, but of course we have no supplies. I would love to give it a shot sometime!

  104. Andrea says:

    We are HUGE REI fans! Hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping all are regularly on the agenda. And we always seem to add something, so a gift card would be most welcome!

  105. Tracy says:

    We hike, bike and camp all the time. My husband wants a canoe but I would love a kayak. Maybe REI will help us out!

    I also linked this on my blog

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  107. Natalie R says:

    We want to start canoeing with our children, but haven’t done so since before they were born, so some new rashgards and life jackets are in order! Can’t think of a better place to get them from than REI!

  108. Whitney says:

    This would sure come in handy this fall for camping! Thanks for the chance to win.

  109. Megan says:

    Hubby and I have talked about going camping, but the budget is so tight is squeaks even when just talking about it! LOL! This gift card would be the way to get things together and have a great time outiside!

  110. Shauna says:

    I grew up in a pretty die-hard camping family and I was lucky enough to marry a camper too. It’s kind of funny actually, although my husband and I grew up in completely different states, we went to many of the same campgrounds/parks growing up. We’re planning a camping trip to celebrate our first anniversary this fall =).

  111. Rob says:

    I’m the same – my family grew up camping, but we’ve only taken our kids camping a handful of times. We’re hopefully planning another trip next month. =)

  112. Shauna says:

    I would love to do a fall camping trip, but we are lacking in a few key articles! Like you, I camped a LOT when I was a kid, with my parents. We even camped in the back yard some times! It would be fun to get out there and explore!

  113. Hillary says:

    Last fall we hiked in the Hoosier National Forests and this summer in Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park. My hiking shoes are worn and I would love to replace them. A gift certificate from REI would be most welcomed.

  114. My kids love the outdoors. We try to swim or bike every other day. Can’t imagine life without the outdoors!


  115. your daughter is adorable! And yea – I couldn’t imagine biking in the first trimester with all the nausea either!

    My husband and I want to bike with our kids. One day.

  116. Amanda V says:

    We go camping several times per year…Labor Day weekend is actually our big extended family camping trip that we take annually. I too, at 28, am getting too old to sleep on the ground! Need a new air mattress (ours always seem to get holes). Our daughters, 4, 3, and 1, love camping…especially the s’mores

  117. Stacy says:

    We recently bought our son’s bike helmet from REI and it has been great! I’d love to get him a kid sized sleeping bag so we can practice camping in the back yard before taking him (3) on an overnight trip to a campground.

  118. sherri crawford says:

    we love to camp and could use some new sleeping bags

  119. Erin from Long Island says:

    Summer is clearly over for us here, but this is perfect roller blading weather and I am dying to get a pair and drag my boyfriend out with me!

  120. JD says:

    We’ve been trying to figure out a time to go camping before it gets too cold out! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  121. Gary Brunero says:

    I grew up in a camping family, but have never taken my kids! I think marshmallow roasting, stories, and a lake sound just about perfect!

  122. Melinda says:

    We just found a great state park we visited on Labor Day that we want to camp at! We do have a tent, but know nothing about & have no supplies concerning cooking outdoors!! I would love to visit REI to learn more & use the gift card for cooking gear/cooler/etc.

  123. Loraine says:

    I am a newly single mom (son is 20 but lives at home going to college and working part-time.) My new frugal budget is headed for my savings account for retirement…a hopefully fun & active retirement. I can’t wait to read more of your posts and this one on camping reminded me I’ve not been camping with family and friends since i was a scout leader for one of my son’s cub scout troop. Weather is great, so I think we will break out our tents soon!

  124. Phil says:

    We go camping at least 3 times a year. I grew up camping and so did my wife. Our kids look forward to it so much and it’s a great time to avoid all the technology.

  125. Erika says:

    we would love to replace our well worn tent. We took the pledge to go hiking, probably this weekend as the weather is looking great for that!

  126. Alyssa says:

    We tried kayaking this summer and really loved it! This would really help us get started with equipment!

  127. Amy S says:

    We have a tent already…but an REI gc would help us stock up on new sleeping bags for us and the kiddos BTW…the scenary in your pics looks very familiar, I wonder if you were camping in our neck of the woods?

  128. patricia A says:

    We camp with our little one all the time. We love it! He was less than 3 months old when we took our first camping trip. It’s a great way to see some amazing places in this beautiful country for pretty cheap (lodging-wise). Also, my husband is into mountain climbing. Sometimes I think I should start having his mail forwarded to REI.

  129. Zachary says:

    The weather is just now cool enough so that I can take the kids hiking or bike riding or maybe even both!

  130. Olivia says:

    I would love to take my family out for a camping trip to see all the beautiful fall colors once the weather cools off a bit. There’s nothing quite like sitting around a camp fire to stay warm and then snuggling down into a cozy sleeping bag and falling asleep to all the sounds of the outdoors.

  131. Kristin says:

    We will be headed out for take a kid mountain biking day Oct 1st. Would love to get some new bike accessories for me and our newbie.

  132. Cindy says:

    Would love to start getting camping supplies, my niece is getting old enough now to enjoy these type of trips

  133. Michele C says:

    Meeee, please – we’re going camping in October and have no tent!

  134. Megan says:

    Really need to take kids on a hike

  135. alaina says:

    We would need sleeping bags and tent. I really want to start with some hikesnto get our boys used to the outdoors.I have never slept outside ever but that will probably change since i have 2 boys.

  136. Ashley C says:

    I would love to go camping with my husband and little girl!!! Neither one of them has ever been camping…my parents and I went camping all the time when I wad a child!!! We loved it..this giveaway would help us go camping..thanks for the giveaway!!

  137. Howie says:

    We are avid campers and would love a hammock for those lazy days around the campsite!

  138. Kristine H says:

    Great contest! I took the pledge and would love to use the REI giftcard towards our bikes. My husband and I love to ride the trails near our house and this weather is perfect for it!

  139. Karla says:

    I love camping! A REI giftcard always comes in handy.

  140. Janice says:

    I took the pledge and could use an REI gift card to purchase safety equipment for our bikes. We to add some reflectors to make them safe to ride in the evenings. We also need a bike rack for our car.

  141. Ryan says:

    I grew up camping and can’t wait to share that with my kids. They’re still little but old enough to go on short age appropriate hikes. An appreciation of nature and the outdoors is something we should all instill in our children. Sounds like you had a great first camping experience!

  142. arlene says:

    Summer’s nearly over, but I would love a waterproof new tent for Fall camping!

  143. Samantha says:

    I love camping! We try to got at least 1x a year. But my parents would take us all the time. I just love OUTSIDE! Biking to work, walking to the mailbox, a blanket on some green grass!!!

  144. June says:

    We’d like to take our kids gem mining in the mountains again. We made one trip up but didn’t camp due to lack of supplies and heat of July. The kids want to camp in a tent next time. Sept/Oct would be perfect if only we had camping gear!

  145. Nick T says:

    Back in the day before we had all these kiddos, my wife and I would camp. But now our tent isn’t big enough! We’d love a new tent to fit our family. We love our family bike rides and hikes, so a new tent would send us on our way!

  146. Ella says:

    We could really use a camping shelter. I would love an REI gift card.

  147. alicia says:

    I would love to introduce my grandaughter to camping. And the rest of the family would love it !

  148. Claire says:

    i used to go hiking and backpacking with my family. Now my 6 yo daughter is asking to go camping even though she has no idea what it really involves I would love to take her but we don’t have any gear at all and are not in the place to get it now. I loved your hour-and-half away camping idea – i think that would work great for our family, especially with our 1 yo. If we could only get a tent we probably could make it work!

  149. paul says:

    We would love to try camping as a family. We have absolutely zero camping gear, though.

  150. Cathy says:

    My husband and I are camping lovers but recently moved out of state and away from my family whose camping equipment we shared. So now it’s time to buy our own. Unfortunately, our budget doesn’t really lend well to buying all that camping gear up front. So I pledge to camp with my family this summer…err fall. And if the gift card comes winter… snowboarding of course!

  151. Brittany says:

    I took the pledge to take a hike with our family. If I won the REI gift certificate I would buy a kayak. There is a lake in the center of our city where people go to watch Sunset, fish, kayak and/or swim. It would be great if we had a kayak to enjoy on those visits to the lake.

  152. colleen says:

    We love being outside, and we especially LOVE REI! I would love almost nothing more than to win!

  153. steph d says:

    I’ve been planning to buy my oldest a sleeping bag for his birthday this year. An REI giftcard would be just perfect!

  154. john P says:

    My best family memories are about camping too. We did big portage trips, trailer trips, you name it. We didn’t go this year with the babes but it is on the agenda for next

  155. Karen says:

    I would love to get a bike so that the kids and I could enjoy riding around our area this fall. We just took our first camping trip with the four year old this last weekend. He now keeps asking to go back to our “other” house–cabin!

  156. Maureen says:

    We have three little kids and fourth one on the way. I would love to take them camping for the first time.

  157. Yvonne says:

    Can’t wait to go biking as a whole family!

  158. Monica says:

    Love camping! My hubby and I are planning a camping trip at the end of this month for our 2-year anniversary. Yippee!

  159. Amy says:

    We tried an overnight tent camping at the beach. I had a terrible time trying to light a fire and cook. I’d really like to get some camp cooking equipment, maybe something with propane. We slept in 30 year old sleeping bags in a tiny clearance tent on the sand. For sure I need to get pads or something to sleep on…maybe if I had the proper sleeping and cooking equipment this would be an easier and more enjoyable trip.

  160. Vivian says:

    My family went tent camping (but with bathrooms, showers, and a coin laundry) for two weeks every summer. My parents started when my older brother was a baby, and we did it every year until I was in college (I’m the youngest). Those are probably my favorite childhood memories. I look forward to making similar ones with my own family, and an REI gift card would help me do that.

  161. Jeff says:

    I still want to get some hiking in before the snow starts to fly. I’m also hoping to organize a group camping trip to one of our state parks that is a little further south since it is already getting down to freezing at night here in north-eastern Nevada.

  162. Kathy says:

    We borrowed a tent and had a campout in our backyard for my son’s 9th birthday this summer. The kids loved it and surprisingly so did my husband. I grew up tent camping but this was the first time in a tent for my husband and my boys. We have been eyeing tents ever since on the Costco site but haven’t taken the plunge to buy one yet. Can’t justify the expense at the end of summer. An REI gc would make that choice so much easier!!

  163. Jose says:

    I just returned from a camping expedition to Glacier National Park. It was my first time camping since girl scout camp days (many years ago) and I was apprehensive. It was better than expected and now I want to buy everything I borrowed for this trip so I can go camping again!

  164. Will says:

    I’ve got a full compliment of older backpacking gear (thanks REI for stuff that never seems to wear out!), but find myself mostly car camping these days. I’d use a gift card for a larger tent, or maybe a squishier sleeping pad. Or maybe a roof rack for my car–fitting the bikes in the back with gear is TIGHT.

  165. linda says:

    We love camping and outdoor event. We are close to the beach and would love to do a camping close to the beach one day.

  166. Georgia says:

    We love to go camping everywhere. We could use some new camping equipment for sure.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  167. Tania C. says:

    We would use it to update our camping gear!

  168. DevilsHeaven says:

    WE bought bikes this summer and loved riding them! But then we got a puppy, and we haven’t ridden since! We need to get her a basket so she can come with us.

  169. Cat says:

    Summer is pretty much over here in Ohio but I’d pledge to use my REI gift card for some new rain gear so we can keep hiking through the fall!

  170. Sarah L says:

    Took the pledge for more hiking and that’s what we did this summer. The REI GC will go toward some new hiking boots.
    Thanks for the contest.

  171. Meg T says:

    Our little family loves to bird and it would be great to get some better walking shoes for the kids. Thanks!

  172. Having just purchased a used pop-up camper, I can easily pledge to spend more outdoor time with the kids! I’m wondering if REI supplies ceramic heaters to take the chill off so we can keep camping all autumn?

  173. Debra F says:

    I pledge to attempt at least one of our peak here in the Adirondacks this fall with the family and a Rei gift card would be great to get a utilitarian back pack and some good quality water bottles for our adventure.

  174. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  175. Amber J says:

    Love, Love, Love REI!…Would be totally stoked to win a gift card to buy my husband some new bike tools (he is an avid mountain biker, and I am just beginning to ride), and also we want to start doing more camping as a family (3 kiddos), but definitely need more gear! Thanks!

  176. mama mia says:

    I am so ready for outdoor fun. We just moved to a new town and state, and excepting the mosquitoes, it is beautiful here. With the weather a bit cooler, I am all for exploring. Just around the corner from our home, it feels like a wilderness, and I bet there are all sorts of fun new places to find and explore. I love this country feel.

  177. Talyssa says:

    Ooooh REI is the only place I know of that sells my Vibrams locally.

    and I agree on your baby’s helmet. I wouldn’t feel safe yet either – it really looks too big.

  178. Melissa Borchardt says:

    Now that Oklahoma is done with 100+ degree days, I would love to get out and ride bikes with my kiddos. This will be the first year for all my kids to not have training wheels 🙂

  179. The Suzzzz says:

    I would love to win this gift card, we need a new backcountry water treatment/filtration pump and it isn’t in our budget. We want to get one last backcountry camping weekend in before the snows come!

  180. nanjhall says:

    Well summer is over, but I pledge to take a couple of fall camping trips while the weather is perfect. We could use this gift card to upgrade our tent.

  181. I’ve been promising my son a trip to camp on the beach and I didn’t get to do it all summer. When we win this, I’ll be able to take him in October before it gets cold!

  182. Susan Smith says:

    We love to go camping so the REI Giftcard would be great so we could buy some new equipment.

  183. Colleen P says:

    We are going to go camping with family and friends. I’d love to use the gift card to get sleeping bags for the kids. Good luck with the bike riding!

  184. Mimi says:

    We love to camp and could sure use the gift card to upgrade a few things! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  185. emma. says:

    We were hoping to get some camping in this year with our baby but I think we’ve missed the decent weather. 🙁 If we get a nice fall weekend we’ll head somewhere close, so the gift card could be quite useful for that… OR I would use it to stock up on bike related supplies for next year because baby is too little to ride this year. I’m really into biking but don’t have the gear for her because we just don’t have the money!

  186. Jessica says:

    I am the proud momma of 4 little kiddos – 4yr, 2yr, and 6month old twins! This family loves a good bike ride any day of the week – but after my husband takes our oldest on their first canoning trip we’re planning a family camping trip with all four kids! We could really use the REI gift card to get the gear we need!

  187. Kerry says:

    We like camping together and could use some updated equipment!

  188. Andrea says:

    I would love to start taking my family hiking more often, now that my kids are getting bigger. I also would like to get my family into snowboarding, come winter. REI could definately help me outfit myself and my family for these activities!

  189. Maija says:

    I would love to be able to buy a new sleeping bag or a new gps! This is such a fun giveaway!!

  190. domestic diva says:

    We try to take a hike each week. We’ll definitely do another one. My growing little one needs new hiking shoes. This certificate would be perfect.

  191. Chez Us says:

    Biking is such a great family activity. I love the ladies helmets, makes biking fun. We are hoping to get some fall road-biking in and I could really use some new pedals for my bike. The gift card would be perfect.

  192. Mami2jcn says:


  193. Mami2jcn says:

    I pledge to take hikes. I would get hiking shoes at REI. Thanks for the chance!

  194. Jaimie Leader-Goodale says:

    I tweeted the contest.

  195. Jaimie Leader-Goodale says:

    We’re planning to go to the renn faire a couple times and I need me a new pair of 5-fingers that can handle the terrain. 🙂

  196. Jessie C. says:

    I pledge to take kids to hiking. I’d love to get hiking shoes at REI.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  197. Annie says:

    We’ve been vowing to camp more!

  198. Erin says:

    Family bike rides….I would use this towards a new bike for my husband!

  199. Shannon says:

    We pledge to continue to hike, a Kelty Carrier would make it even sweeter!

  200. Ben says:

    My family loves to hike so $100 to REI would go toward hiking gear (waterbottles, etc.)

  201. We have pledged as a family to get outdoors more by going on walks most days. We have been getting out at least 3-4 times a week even if just to loop around the block. It really helps to break up the day and de-stress. We have been talking about bikes lately and that is probably where $100 to REI would go, although the season for bike riding this year is almost up here in Portland.

  202. Keshia says:

    My 2yo LOVES camping! Hopefully we can get a trip in that I can go on too after the baby is born and before it gets too cold!

  203. Keshia says:

    My 2yo LOVES camping. I can’t wait until next month when I get this baby out & we can go too! Maybe we can get one trip in before its too cold

  204. Jesica says:

    I would love to do a family bike ride, but we will probably have to settle for a hike, since we don’t all have bikes. However, I am dying to know about the baby seat that you have attached to your bike. Did you get that at REI? We are planning to have bikes by next summer and I will need one of those!

  205. This would rock. My son wants a bike for his birthday. I got a tow-hitch installed on my car so we could get family bikes. We live right by a bike trail in the Bay Area. Other than camping or hiking, I can’t think of a better way to spend a day outdoors w/ my family. Especially with a lovely park like Vasona at the end of the trail. Picnic lunch, here we come!

  206. My son just became a Cub Scout, so I know there will be plenty of outdoor activities. There are tons of things we are interested in doing as a family. <3 REI. I tweeted about this post/giveaway.!/LessofMimi

  207. Erin P. says:

    We’d love the REI gift card! My husband and I have been married for a little less than a year and he is a huge outdoors guy! He wants to take me backpacking but we don’t have all the gear and I feel unprepared. We usually just do over night car camping trips. I would love to share in his hobby if we had the gear! I’d love to develop some out door traditions now so that when we have children they grow up loving nature and being out of doors!

  208. Erica says:

    We love to go camping and backpacking, but my husband and I always have to borrow gear from friends and family. We feel so guilty always having to mooch off of others, so we don’t get out as much as we’d like. A $100 gift card would really help us complete our gear needs, and we’d feel more free to just take off for a night or a weekend in the woods whenever we want!

  209. Julie says:

    I would like to be entered in the giveaway! My toddler loves to go on bike rides, and asks to go by bringing me her helmet. Just a tip — when we were shopping for our gear, we found helmets at Toys R Us that were one size smaller than the “toddler” size everyone else sells. They were someplace weird, like an endcap, but I was so glad to stumble across them! The one we bought fits our little girl much better than the ones elsewhere, and she was about 10 months at the time.

  210. Nicole says:

    Our family loves to bike on the weekends! We could definitely use a helmet for our little one and lock though! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  211. Liz N. says:

    WE are going backpacking again in October with our 7 month old and I can’t wait! We went to Pt. Reyes National Seashore with him in August and had a great time, but it would be nice to get a new Therma-Rest to make sleeping more comfortable for both of us.

  212. Sally says:

    Sign us for the give away please!!! We are signed up to do the Tough Mudder up in Squaw valley in 2 weeks!! I was so excited about it, but then found out we were pregnant( even more exciting!) so I’ll be watching from the sidelines and my hubby and CrossFit friends get muddy! So FUN!!!!!

  213. Hannah says:

    We just got a Kelty framed baby carrier for Clara so we can go on long hikes! Can’t wait for the fall weather to stay so we can go out frequently 🙂 We’re also going camping soon, and $100 to REI would certainly help with that!

  214. Aja says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. We have some winter camping planned over Christmas break! This would come in so handy!

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