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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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The Chicago Wolfman

The Chicago Wolfman

2021-10-2136:433

Back in 2014 in the midnight alleys in Chicago, people began to encounter something larger than the raccoons and coyote that are sometimes seen around the area. Something like a dog—or a wolf—but larger. Something that should walk on four legs but was seen walking...sprinting... on two. After an initial flurry of sightings the reports died down, but there are recent indications that whatever it is may be back.Thanks to this season’s sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)  
The Sunnyvale Haunting

The Sunnyvale Haunting

2021-10-1819:591

In this bonus episode we're gathering around a digital campfire in the new REI Co-op store in Sunnyvale. What's so special about this store? We're glad you asked. This store has a haunted reputation. Previous tenants have complained of flickering lights, unusual noises and that eerie feeling that has you looking over your shoulder. This bonus episode is about the Sunnyvale Store and what might be waiting for you on your next visit.Thanks to this season’s sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)
The Black Horse Dog

The Black Horse Dog

2021-10-1438:211

The eastern part of Montana is flat, empty and full of a subtle kind of beauty. It's a place where the sky is big and the silence is bigger. A place where your mind can play tricks on you if your car happens to break down on the side of the road in the growing darkness. And that's just what happened to Loretta on an evening not too long ago.Thanks to this season’s sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)
Colossal Claude

Colossal Claude

2021-10-0739:433

Imagine that you're huddled on the deck of a ship with the wind and rain beating down on you. The waves are crashing and it feels like the boat is going to vibrate apart beneath your feet. We're offshore of the Oregon territory a place called the graveyard of the Pacific, and for good reason. There is more than just crashing waves lurking in the dark waters below the ship. Tales of a creature have haunted this coastline for years, all sailors on the coast have heard of it... Claude. Colossal Claude,  a sea serpent, a massive monster, a legend and a harbinger of doom. Thanks to this season’s sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)
The Mill Thing

The Mill Thing

2021-09-3040:466

Tonight we're camping out in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Surrounded by fall colors, woodsmoke and the sound of a distant river. A river that holds more than just fish and cool water. If you follow that river a few miles downstream, you'll come upon an old mill site. Nothing special, just a ruin of what once stood there. The locals know that the fishing around that site is no good. They also know that whenever they go there, a deep chill runs up their spine. That old mill site stays a lonely place. A lonely place with a history. A devastating fire. And a young woman who saw something... inhuman. Thanks to this season’s sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)
The Traveler

The Traveler

2021-09-2338:117

Airports at night can be a bit... unsettling. When the shops are closed and the concourse is mostly empty — dark corners and abandoned corridors. The Denver airport may be the most unsettling of them all. There are as many stories about this airport as there are flights in and out of it every day. And this story is about a woman who met a person (well, she thought he was a person) and discovered some of the haunting rumors about this airport are true.  And terrifying.  Thanks to this season's sponsor, YETI for supporting the podcast.Artwork by Tyler Grobowsky (@g_r_o_b_o)
The Firwood Reflection

The Firwood Reflection

2021-09-1635:285

Can you see your reflection in the window? Like a ghost standing just outside in the night, looking back at you. It’s a trick the light plays, when you’re inside looking out on a night as dark as this one. One of many tricks light can play — some stranger than others. That’s what must be the explanation behind this story — it must be a very specific trick of reflecting light that has only ever been observed in a little lake in a little park that’s out there in the darkness. The park is called Laurelhurst Park, in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The lake is called Firwood Lake. And the thing that people see in it… well, no one knows quite what to call that. The most popular name, the one we will use, is the Firwood Reflection. And something about it isn't quite right. 
The Beast of Truro

The Beast of Truro

2021-09-0944:017

Here we are on Cape Cod, around a crackling fire on one of the only beaches on the Cape where fires are allowed: Head of the Meadow Beach, just outside Truro. A pleasant and welcoming place, in my opinion. I shouldn’t spoil a night like this with a story as frightening as the last time The Beast appeared here in Truro... But that's exactly what I'm here to do.Season sponsor: YETIArtwork: Tyler Grobowsky
Sasquatch - Part Four

Sasquatch - Part Four

2021-08-1920:454

Our third full season of Camp Monsters will start in September, thanks to our sponsors at YETI. In the meantime, we figured we'd give you a short bonus series to tide you over. And while you think you might know everything there is to know about Sasquatch, this is a personal account. A story that'll have you crawling under the covers questioning whether or not you really believe in monsters. Follow along every month and chime in with what you would do in the narrator's shoes. Drop your thoughts in the comments section wherever you listen to podcasts or email your suggestion to podcasts@rei.com. Season sponsor: YETIArtwork by: Tyler Grobowsky, @g_r_o_b_o
Sasquatch - Part Three

Sasquatch - Part Three

2021-07-1521:012

Our third full season of Camp Monsters will start in September, thanks to our sponsors at YETI. In the meantime, we figured we'd give you a handful of stories to tide you over. And while you think you might know everything there is to know about Sasquatch, this is a personal account. A story that'll have you crawling under the covers questioning whether or not you really believe in monsters. Follow along every month and chime in with what you would do in the narrator's shoes. Drop your thoughts in the comments section wherever you listen to podcasts or email your suggestion to podcasts@rei.com. Season sponsor: YETIArtwork by: Tyler Grobowsky, @g_r_o_b_o
Sasquatch - Part Two

Sasquatch - Part Two

2021-06-1713:313

Our third full season of Camp Monsters will start in September, thanks to our sponsors at YETI. In the meantime, we figured we'd give you a handful of stories to tide you over. And while you think you might know everything there is to know about Sasquatch, this is a personal account. A story that'll have you crawling under the covers questioning whether or not you really believe in monsters.Season sponsor: YETIArtwork by: Tyler Grobowsky, @g_r_o_b_o
Sasquatch - Part One

Sasquatch - Part One

2021-05-2717:294

Our third full season of Camp Monsters will start in September, thanks to our sponsors at YETI. In the meantime, we figured we'd give you a handful of stories to tide you over. And while you think you might know everything there is to know about Sasquatch, this is a personal account. A story that'll have you crawling under the covers questioning whether or not you really believe in monsters. Season sponsor: YETIArtwork by: Tyler Grobowsky, @g_r_o_b_o 
Season Three Trailer

Season Three Trailer

2021-04-1401:545

Camp Monsters will be back this September with a full third season, sponsored by our friends at YETI. To keep you entertained until the full season launches, we are releasing a four-part series about the legendary Sasquatch starting in May. Make sure to listen to Camp Monsters season one and season two before our new season launches and check out all the YETI gear at REI. 
Mini Monster: Krampus

Mini Monster: Krampus

2020-12-2320:283

This Mini Monster episode takes us to the country of Austria, and the year 1709. It's the night before Christmas in a forgotten valley high in the mountains of Carinthia. It's a black, cold night. And we're about to learn about the creature that haunts the castle halls, bringing to the naughty boys and girls a fate much worse than coal in their stocking.
We're sure you’ve all heard of the Sasquatch. Possibly the best-known legendary creature of all time, with entire groups dedicated to finding it. There have even been scientists who have dedicated their life to proving that Bigfoot does indeed walk this earth. And in this bonus episode, we're handing the mic to Harvest Moon. Harvest Moon is a Quinault native elder, a renowned storyteller and an honored historian. Her stories evoke the vivid spirituality and moral lessons of a rich culture, while allowing listeners to experience the heartfelt tales of a traditional storyteller.But why are we doing this extra special bonus Sasquatch episode now? It's in celebration of the film The Dark Divide, which is the first full length film from REI Co-op Studios. It’s based on Robert Pyle’s book, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide. The film stars David Cross and Debra Messing, and is a story of adventure, grief and the healing power of nature, with a healthy dash of Sasquatch thrown in. You can rent or buy The Dark Divide now on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play and On Demand everywhere. To learn more about the movie visit darkdividefilm.com.
Boo

Boo

2020-10-2830:138

Down along the coast of South Carolina, the people of the Sea Islands have a name for that dream that some of them have.  They call it the “Boo,” and it’s been around for a very long time.  As long as anyone can remember.  And the strange thing is that, just in this area, in the Sea Islands, the descriptions of the Boo are so consistent, even from people who have never heard of this dream-creature before.  If it is a dream.  But if it is a dream, no one has it for very long.  They get rid of it, or… or the other way around.  Season sponsor:YETI
Hidebehind

Hidebehind

2020-10-2132:444

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

2020-10-1429:114

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

2020-10-0731:025

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

2020-09-3031:127

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 
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Tahlf F

this one was really freaky but really cool.

Sep 25th
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Tahlf F

I always look forward to a new Camp Monsters episode. It helps me relax after a hard day of studying and homework

Sep 17th
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Tahlf F

I'm always excited when a new Camp Monsters episode comes out. The story telling is really good!

Aug 25th
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Cassandra Hulett

We would run towards the street! (Husband and I) Great show!

Jul 28th
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Lindsay Gartner

I would run to roger

Jul 23rd
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Kyle Maxwell

I would run back the way I came. I don't know what's in front of me, but I know what is behind me

Jul 15th
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Orin Gartner

I would definitely stay silent

May 31st
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Tahlf F

Ohh this one is freaky! I love listening to this podcast, it actually helps me fall asleep (which is saying a lot coming from someone who struggles with insomnia!) I think if I were the person in the woods I would hide from the creature moving towards me--best not be noticed!

May 29th
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For The Love Of a HORSE

This show or podcast by far is the best. I only wish there were more and I apologize if I sound greedy..really. With that, please don't stop. Thank you for all your hard work, everyone there.

Mar 26th
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Orin Gartner

This is the best story telling that I ever heard. I am happy to support this show. P.S. I listen to this every day

Dec 23rd
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thebrainofbrina

I miss you all. Camp monsters is something special. I come back to old shows over and over when I need a guaranteed great story.

Dec 18th
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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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ARN

more please!

Dec 8th
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Tahlf F

really cool. actually spooked me a little.

Nov 28th
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A.L.

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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