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November 28, 2017

Do Not Go Outside to Cry

This piece is published in The Climbing Zine Volume 11, now available to …
November 21, 2017

Gear Review: Deuter Guide Lite 28 SL

Don’t tell my crag pack, but I have a major crush on the …
November 20, 2017

Backpacking Recipes: Thanksgiving in a Collapsible Bowl!

backpacking thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the […]

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November 16, 2017

The Nature Fix: Creating New Rituals, Outside

Kids on a chairlift at a ski resort

The season of holiday rituals is upon us: a turkey or tofurky on the table, the post-prandial nap, the exchange of gifts, the lighting of candles, the baking of garish cookies. And with these come some inevitable, attendant pains in the neck. The ones that irk me: clogged freeways, weather delays at airports, moments of […]

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November 16, 2017

Hitting the DRT: Test Riding Co-op Cycles Mountain Bikes

Mountain Biker on Trail

The Co-op Cycles team at REI knows how lucky they are to be based in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, Washington has seen an explosion of mountain bike trails in recent years, providing great testing grounds with a variety of terrain. This includes the newly opened Dockton Forest […]

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November 15, 2017

Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr […]

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November 14, 2017

Ten Rock Climbing Destinations You Need to Visit This Year

For rock climbers who are constantly seeking new adventure, the US boasts some …
November 10, 2017

How Cycling Is Helping Veterans Find Peace at Home

For many members of our armed forces, returning home signifies the beginning of a different type of battle. The laser focus that allows you to keep your tires tracking on the trail's narrow tread. The playful challenge of picking your way through the rocks strewn on the trail. The hooting and hollering of buddies behind […]

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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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