Rent. Explore. Return. That’s the motto of CampCrate, a Colorado-based company ready to equip you with all of the rental gear you need for festivals, camping or backpacking trips. The company’s founders, Chad Lawver and Mason Gravley, have a mad love for the outdoors, and are on a mission to share that love.
They make adventure, travel and music festival camping as easy as pie, so you can focus on the fun stuff. You simply go to their website and choose your own adventure — book a crate (backpacking kit), book an “experience,” or book gear á la carte.
If you just need the gear, then your kit gets you a camping tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, water filter, camp stove and a headlamp. This isn’t just any gear either. These are high quality goods. You simply select your dates and provide them a shipping address at or near your destination. Pick it up, enjoy, then return using the pre-paid shipping label they’ve included.
If you choose an “experience,” it’s the same process except that you’re going to a specific area that CampCrate’s professional adventurers have already explored and mapped out, such as Yellowstone National Park, Maroon Bells (just outside of Aspen, CO) and Pohono Trail in Yosemite National Park. Included as part of the experience is a detailed itinerary, self-guided tour and food. Lawver says this has been the most popular feature with their customers thus far, which is why they’re expanding to more areas of the country for 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for these 10-15 new destinations hitting their site soon.
For those of you that are more car campers, the á la carte option may be best for you. Pretty self-explanatory. Just pick what you need.
You festival campers are wondering where you fit in? Lawver and his team are working hard on building a specific rental kit just for you, with the festival gear focused more on comfort and entertainment, as luxurious as you need to be. This tailor made gear kit should be up on their site this fall.
As owners who highly value the beauty of our planet and all of its benefits, this eco-friendly company is making serious effort towards being nearly 100% sustainable. Every shipment they make is carbon neutral with all waste being recyclable. To encourage you to do your part, they offer a free t-shirt if you send them a picture of you using the biodegradable trash bags they include in each crate.
Lawver says “over 90% of our customers haven’t slept in a tent. For most people, it’s their first outdoors experience.” In a time in which most of us probably spend more time looking at nature photos on our phone than we do the real deal, CampCrate is making the real version easily accessible and less intimidating to newbies. Be sure to check out their website, where you’ll find helpful and entertaining training videos such as “how to pitch a tent,” “how to fit a backpack” or “how to poop in the woods.” :)
So, no more excuses. Get outside and let this company help you do that, and in a sustainable way, to boot.