Introducing CampPak

On-Demand Camping Experiences

Today, Daniel Tsinis and I launched a new service to make it easier for New Yorkers to go out camping with less wasted closet space, less hassle over gear, and less headache pulling everything together. CampPak pulls together our love of the outdoors with our mission of putting together a great experience for everyone.

CampPak was born out of a mission to reduce waste while making camping more convenient. Growing up, my family went car camping and glamping a few times. The thing is, over a dozen years we probably only went four or five times. For a decade, our tent, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, a few flashlights, and other trinkets sat mostly unused in our basement for that one weekend every couple of years we needed them (though admittedly the sleeping bags probably got decent use with sleepovers). Meanwhile, as I was planning a recent hiking trip, I found so many campgrounds I wanted to stay at, and yet not one place to rent a tent!

CampPak provides you with the on-demand convenience with customizable packages combined with easy gear delivery and pickup, without the wasted money or wasted space. Dan went backpacking last summer and he and I went camping this February — trust us when we say that all that gear doesn’t fit into a Bushwick apartment. Instead, gear is spread across friends and family, only making it that much harder when you do want to go on a trip to get all the gear back together. No good for the last-minute weekend trips we dream of.

Beyond serving a great customer experience, Dan and I are committed to helping the environment too. All that gear sitting idle in people’s basements are pieces of metal, rubber, and a whole lot of plastic that took a lot of resources to create, and will end up in a landfill or more likely on a plastic island somewhere in the ocean. While we’re not as ambitious as Uber in getting every car from sitting idle most of the day and night to being driven around autonomously 24/7, we know that camping gear is probably even more underutilized: in my personal experience a tent used just 12 days across 12 years.

Inspired by the likes of Patagonia chief Yvon Chouinard, Dan and I are committed to sustainability and reusability. If Patagonia can provide a lifetime warranty on a jacket worn every day, why are most of a tent’s life spent in a basement? We’re putting our money where our mouths are too — Dan and I are donating 10% of all proceeds to organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and The Central Park Conservancy.

We’re excited to get CampPak started, and we hope you’ll stick around for the journey! If you or anyone you know is thinking about a camping trip, in New York or elsewhere, we’d love to talk to you about making it a great experience!

Now get out there!

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