The Dyrt “Seems Like a Simple Idea!”

By : Sarah Smith Jul 19, 2014
At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

The Dyrt seemed like a simple idea.

It started on scraps of paper: ABC Campground – Nice.  Site 7 – Super private and on the river.  Site 4 – Next to the pit toilet, yuck. My husband and I could never remember where we’d camped, so I took notes. That way we could stop driving around, muttering: “Have we stayed there?” and “We should remember that one for next summer.” We love to camp, but we don’t like the exhausting campground hunting.

And that’s how it started. I decided to scrap paper and build a website with a searchable database of campgrounds. Over time, the idea grew. In addition to creating a useful camping tool to help campers remember and document great campsites, I wanted to make it more dynamic. Why not let everyone add reviews, photos, and videos? It would be an app and a website, similar to Yelp, exclusively for finding campgrounds.

Of course, I now know that my simple idea is simple in theory, but not in practice. Building an app or a website takes time. A lot of time. Unexpected hiccups slow things down. We are still building.

We’ve decided to go ahead and launch The Dyrt with what we have now, and keep building. Last summer, some of you were kind enough to send us reviews, photos, and videos of campgrounds. Those reviews will be a part of The Dyrt once we are ready for user-generated content. For now, we hope that our database of thousands of campgrounds will be useful. And our magazine is meant to offer inspiration to get outside and pitch a tent.

In the upcoming year, we look forward to building the other features of The Dyrt. We really hope to make finding great campgrounds an easy and inspirational experience.

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  • Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith

    Sarah is The Dyrt's Co-founder. Growing up hiking, canoeing, and camping in the north woods of Minnesota, The Dyrt is a natural extension of her life experiences. She has traveled to over 40 countries and trekked in Nepal, biked the United Kingdom, and climbed Mt Fuji. An avid camper, Sarah now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Kevin (the other Co-founder of The Dyrt), and the original #DyrtDog, Brandy.