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These are the stories of impossible encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of North America. We’ll travel the country, sit around campfires and talk about that thing that ran across the trail in the middle of the night, just beyond the beam of your flashlight. Come closer to the fire. Let’s hear the next legend.
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Hidebehind

Hidebehind

2020-10-2132:142

What is the Hidebehind supposed to be?  Just what it sounds like: a creature you never see directly, that always ducks back behind the nearest tree or rock when you turn to look at it.  It sounds harmless enough, but so does any nightmare once you’re awake.  And there are places where it can be a bit harder to awaken.  Places where dreams come closer to reality.  Places like the forests of the Pacific Northwest where the idea that something may be just behind that tree, watching you, drawing back when you turn your head to look, seems a bit too plausible.Go ahead.  Take a quick look over your shoulder.  There’s nothing there, of course.  But then, the Hidebehind wouldn’t be there for you to see, would it?Season sponsor:YETISeason artwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
Mole

Mole

2020-10-1428:412

Bring a flashlight.  Or a headlamp, if you have one.  Bring a sweater, no matter what the weather is like outside.  The further we go, the cooler and darker it will get.  Bring boots too, the higher the better.  The walls and ceilings drip and ooze, the floors are wet with muck.  Down there, under the city.  Down in that... wilderness?  Well, it may be uncultivated and inhospitable, but it certainly is inhabited.  What inhabits it depends on how deep you go.  In this episode we’ll go as deep as we can.  Deeper than perhaps we should.
The Letiche

The Letiche

2020-10-0730:333

You’re out swimming when you feel a pinch on your leg. Is it a harmless fish or something a bit more sinister? Meet this week’s Camp Monster… The Letiche. A creature that lurks in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Season sponsor:YETISeason artwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
Shunka Warakin

Shunka Warakin

2020-09-3030:423

In this episode we’re going out right to the very edge of the firelight, watching and listening.  We’ll go out where others swear they’ve seen something, heard something … something ancient, large, and threatening. Something from those dark old times when someone around the fire always had to stay awake, to keep watch.  It’s your turn.  So stay awake.  Keep your eyes open.  Stare into the night and listen for what you think you might have heard out there … in the darkness.Series sponsor:Yeti 
Mogollon Monster

Mogollon Monster

2020-09-2327:514

If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset, go to the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.  They call it the Rim because that’s what it is: the rim of the giant Colorado plateau, where it drops off into the pine forest lowlands below.  Most of the Rim is National Forest, so you can drive or hike or bike or even ride horseback to countless viewpoints where you can watch the descending sun turn everything a glowing red. But you know this episode isn’t about beautiful sunsets.  It’s about what has sometimes been seen along the Mogollon Rim after sunset. When it gets dark out. When the shadows start to lengthen and take on shapes ...People call it the Mogollon Monster, a Bigfoot like creature sneaking around in the wilderness out there.  But those who have seen it, they don’t like to describe it at all.  Because describing it takes them back out into the dark desert night, into an all-surrounding darkness ... a darkness that suddenly reaches out to grab them.Season sponsor:YetiSeries artwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
Creature at Owl Creek

Creature at Owl Creek

2020-09-1633:143

You've probably heard the fairy tale about the troll under the bridge, but have you heard of the creature at Owl Creek? This monster is rumored to haunt an abandoned train track in the Kentucky wilderness. Series sponsor:YetiArtwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
The Dark Watcher

The Dark Watcher

2020-09-0934:274

There are certain places around the country where you can never feel sure. The central coast of California is one of those places — a desolate, rugged, beautiful area where there have long been whispers about something haunting the cliffs. An outline, a figure, watching you from above. A creature you can’t identify… but know you don’t want to meet.
This season we'll go to the coast of the Carolinas and the cliff edges of California. From underground creatures lurking beneath New York City to a monster that sneaks up on you while you're fast asleep... it's a lineup you won't forget. Gather 'round the fire for the newest season of the Camp Monsters podcast, coming to your ears September 9th. This season's monster artwork was done by the talented Tyler Grobowsky. You can find his work on Instagram at @g_r_o_b_o. Season sponsor:Yeti 
Mini Monster: Chupacabra

Mini Monster: Chupacabra

2020-08-0519:033

We’re very excited to announce that YETI, known for their ridiculously strong and durable coolers, bottles, bags, chairs, and other much-needed outdoor gear, is this season’s sponsor.  To welcome YETI to our campfire, we naturally asked if they’d heard of any monsters prowling around their hometown of Austin, Texas.  They told us this story of a close encounter with a creature you’ve probably heard rumors about.  A nocturnal monster known to pick off livestock in a very vampiric way.  Do we believe the story?  Well, listen for yourself: do you?  Learn more about YETI. 
Mini Monster: Basilisk

Mini Monster: Basilisk

2020-07-0822:303

This month we are traveling to Europe, to tell the story of a creature that has haunted that continent for centuries.  Nowadays it is the stuff of legend, the kind of thing you see on old coats-of-arms or hear about in the colorful tales of local folklore.  But the further you go into the more remote, forgotten corners of the European countryside, the darker and more forceful the folklore gets. The harsher the stories, the starker the warnings.  Until the history of this most deadly of creatures begins to seem more immediate than history should be.  And you begin to wonder whether there is some fatal truth to the old tales… some hidden secret, surviving from times long past.Sources:Smithsonian MagazineFandomWikipedia 
Re-Release: Batsquatch

Re-Release: Batsquatch

2020-06-1630:123

Summer is right around the corner which means it’s time for campfires, s’mores and spooky tales. Even if it’s just in your own backyard, there’s something very special about gathering around the fire to tell stories late into the night. And while our second season of Camp Monsters is still a couple of months away, we figured now was a good time to re-share the episode that started it all — The Batsquatch. This creature, born out of the explosion of Mt. Saint Helens 40 years ago, was known to roam the area called the dead zone.  Gather round and kick off your summer with season one of Camp Monsters. There are eight episodes that’ll keep you entertained long into the night with our new season coming to your ears in early September. You can find all of season one anywhere you listen to podcasts or at rei.com/camp-monsters. 
This month, we’re doing something a bit different. Our friends over at West Elm—you know, the ones with all the great furniture and home decor—reached out and asked us if we could find out more about a creature that washed up near their corporate headquarters in Brooklyn a few years ago. We did some digging and found enough to write about, and enough to make you a little nervous the next time you hear something scurry in the dark.Sources:Brooklyn Bridge Monster May Be Distant Relative of Long Island Montauk MonsterWhat The Heck is the Terrifying Creature Found Under the Brooklyn Bridge?Manhattan Monster
One of Camp Monsters biggest fan, a 4.5-year-old named Albie, was given the opportunity to record his version of season one's Batsquatch, a creature that was born from the ashes of the Mt. St. Helens explosion. While somewhat unintelligible, this version of a Camp Monsters classic is guaranteed to make you smile. Want more spooky stories that are a little easier to understand, albeit nowhere near as cute? Check out season one of Camp Monsters.
Mini Monster: Kongamato

Mini Monster: Kongamato

2020-04-2011:006

Deep in the wilds of Zambia, Tanzania, and Congo, there are stories of a creature that exists beyond the furthest bounds of known science. First-person accounts trickle out of something fearsome, something prehistoric, that calls the skies over the rivers and swamps home. It must just be a local legend, a case of mistaken identity. Or is it? Sources:Genesis ParkOccultopedia Wikipedia - Kongamato
We're back! Well sort of. Because we know monsters are an all year interest, we're bringing you our mini-monster series; a new story every month that'll keep you spooked until our new full-length season launches in September. This month's monster is something that calls the Scottish Highlands home. Something that makes a lonesome mountain in the mist of Scotland feel all the more ominous. Do you hear those footsteps behind you? 
The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

2019-10-2436:0810

There are more than just birds and shadows in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. For centuries, legends have told of a cursed, winged creature that haunts the Barrens by night, terrifying visitors and residents alike.
The Snallygaster

The Snallygaster

2019-10-2230:108

In the 1700s the United States was full of mysterious creatures that kept people wary of dark woods and unexplored territories. And for good reason. In the woods of the North East there were rumors about a mysterious creature that was haunting the local residents. Some people thought that the monster was created to warn children about the consequences of bad behavior... but others weren’t so sure.
The Ozark Howler

The Ozark Howler

2019-10-1730:037

Hiking through the Ozarks will lead to breathtaking views and comforting silence. But when the silence if broken by the eerie call of the Ozark Howler, you’ll find yourself running for safety. This story is for anyone who has caught sight of something out of the corner of their eye... and everything in them tells them to run.
Loveland Frogman

Loveland Frogman

2019-10-1525:379

Down by a river in Loveland, Ohio you’ll find the typical things: birds, frogs, crickets and the smell of the evening air. And then you’ll get a whiff of something that doesn’t smell right—something sweet and dry and … not pleasant. Local rumors state that there’s something unnatural behind that smell and it’s best not to be down by the river at night. Just in case you run into him. Or it. Or whatever it is that lives down there.
Thunderbird

Thunderbird

2019-10-1033:3511

The Great Plains are known for their flat lands and big skies. There’s no place for a mysterious creature to hide in that great wide open … or so you thought. There’s something hiding in the flashing lightning and rumbling thunder at the very heart of the storm—the eyes and voice of the Thunderbird.
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thebrainofbrina

Great job! Excellent scare.

Oct 15th
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

Love the sound effects. In the early 2000's, I worked Summers at Philmont, over 100,000 acre ranch camp in Cimmaron NM.... Sounds carried a long way down the canyons. Things you couldn't see brushed against your tent walls at night, making noises that were unsettling even if you knew what they might be.... a deer, raccoon, coyote... or?

Sep 8th
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Tyler Jade Miller

Are any more episodes in the works? I'm really loving how these are done :(

Jan 15th
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AC K

more please!

Dec 8th
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Tahlf F

really cool. actually spooked me a little.

Nov 28th
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Amy Linam

This is a perfect show for a rainy Midwest autumn. I love that smooth, velvety, jazz DJ voice that the storyteller has.

Nov 21st
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Micajah Shiflett

it's actually pretty good 👍

Nov 9th
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Christopher Davis

I absolutely love this podcast...love the dark humor and cozy narration! Keep the new episodes coming!

Nov 2nd
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Devende Ann Whitehead

My friend just recommended this podcast. I was excited to see The Jersey Devil as the newest monster. I would love to hear you do one on the Fouke Monster of Fouke Arkansas. Or the Mothman. :)

Oct 26th
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Steven Mann

Okay, so let's be clear. This is a storytelling podcast that pulls from American myths and legends...and it does a great job of doing just that. It needs to be assessed and reviewed based on what it is and not what it isn't. Even though this is an "REI" sponsored podcast, it isn't a product review or camping adventure podcast. I'm actually impressed that REI decided to put out a tale tales storytelling podcast. Maybe REI would be open to a product review or camping adventure cast if that is what their customer base wants. The cool thing about podcasts is that REI could sponsor any number of them they want.

Oct 26th
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Matthew Ferguson

I genuinely enjoy this podcast. I like the idea of the "campfire after dark" type of storytelling, and the monsters themselves are very unique and outside what most other podcasts seem to center around. This podcast does a great job in its storytelling and makes it feel like you are right by the fire.

Oct 25th
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Ryan Vance

I was so excited to see a podcast from REI but this is just flat out lame. nobody cares about Bigfoot style urban legends that have been retold a thousand times. I suggest REI instead focus on chronicling adventures the same way sidetracked magazine does, or doing gear reviews and testing or talk about modern environmental and political issues. this podcast just doesn't cut it

Oct 24th
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ejw o331

boring

Oct 8th
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