Dish “The Dyrt” on your campsite (2013)
Ever found a campsite that was perfect (or at least flat)? Ever wished there was a way to share that info with fellow campers? If so, you might want to dig into The Dyrt. The Dyrt is a new start-up company based in Portland. They’ve created a website where people can post photos and reviews of campgrounds and campsites across the U.S. The content is “user-generated,” meaning it comes directly from other people who’ve stayed in the same park.
You can see a sample profile submitted by Kevin L. of a campsite at Milo McIver State Park here. While Oregon State Parks is not affiliated with The Dyrt, we wanted to share the site as a resource for our visitors.
The Dyrt’s founder, Sarah Smith, says she started the website because she “wasn’t able to see the ground-level view of a campsite and couldn’t tell what it was really like. I wanted to make the entire experience pain-free, enjoyable, and effective.” The experience of searching for a campsite will become even more pain-free once The Dyrt’s mobile app launches next year.
Right now, The Dyrt is giving away $1,000 worth of REI gift cards to meet their initial goal of at least one campsite listed in all 50 states. As a bonus, each time you document a campsite, your name is entered into a drawing for a $100 REI gift card giveaway happening at the end of the summer. The more campsites you document, the more chances you have to win. Go to thedyrt.com/about to learn more. And if you’re the first person to add a campsite in a new state, you automatically win a $20 REI gift certificate.
So the next time you’re setting up your tent somewhere, just tell everyone you’re doing research.