November 7, 2017

How Much Should Your Pack Weigh?

Backpacker on trail

We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh? Lots of factors go into determining pack weight, making it tough to give an exact weight recommendation for every hiker. To get some help, we turned to one of our pack-fit pros, Valerie Loughney, from our REI […]

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November 7, 2017

Gear Review: UCO AIR

If you’ve ever gone camping, hiking, trail running, climbing, or nearly any activity …
November 4, 2017

Building Community Through Group Hiking

Unlikely Hikers Group Hike

Jenny Bruso, founder of an online community of self-proclaimed unlikely hikers, shares what she’s learned from hiking with others and offers advice for organizing your own group hike. Exploring the outdoors with a group, witnessing their reactions to the same things you’re seeing and engaging in teamwork paints a broader picture of what nature has […]

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November 3, 2017

11 Tips for Biking in the Rain

Cyclist on a bike

Whether you’re an occasional cyclist or a daily commuter, a little wet weather shouldn’t scare you off your bike for the season. Keep your ride streak going with these tips and hacks for biking in the rain, and turn a dreary forecast into a bearable commute. Bonus: The bike lane will be way less crowded. […]

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November 3, 2017

DIY Bike Fenders

DIY Bike Fenders

When wet weather arrives, many of us are reluctant to hang up our bikes. And why should we? There are many ways to stay warm and comfortable on our bikes, despite the weather, and fenders are key for blocking splattered mud and water. Whether you want to save a few bucks or are just looking […]

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November 2, 2017

Member Portrait: Dustin “Cycle Advocate” Scott

Dustin is an 18-year-old bike advocate in Washington, D.C. He leads a monthly social ride called the Colors of Cycling, every first Friday. He most recently won the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Community Organizer Award. He works to get people from all walks of life outside and using the trail systems. Why is getting outside […]

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October 31, 2017

Thirty Pitches of 5.10 in the Gunks

I am not a speed climber by any means. Any partner of mine …
October 30, 2017

Backpacking Recipe: Apple Crisp for Dessert!

Backpacking Recipe Apple Crisp

This lightweight DIY backpacking recipe is a great way to end a long day’s hike. Apple crisp for dessert! Sometimes it’s the small things that keep us motivated out on the trail: switching to new a pair of socks, putting on a comfy tee-shirt at camp, or making our favorite meal for dinner. One thing that […]

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October 26, 2017

Conrad Anker’s Guide to Footcare

Because happy feet are more likely to summit If Conrad Anker could be any animal, he’d be a mountain goat. “I’ve seen them climb 5.8 for sure,” he tells me over the phone, relaxing after an early fall hike in mountains near his Bozeman, Montana home. “Their hooves are just incredible.” As it turns out, […]

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