hiking

February 17, 2019

Gear Review: Women’s REI Co-op Flash 45 and 55 Backpacking Packs

Whether you want to travel super light or feel super comfortable, you’re going to need the right backpacking pack for your outdoor adventures. And you’ll want your backpack to work as part of a seamless camping system that includes your pack, shelter, sleeping bag, pad, stove and other essentials. Together, these items comprise your core […]

The post Gear Review: Women’s REI Co-op Flash 45 and 55 Backpacking Packs appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

February 15, 2019

Would You Create Your Own Thru-Hike?

Thru hiker with pack on walks across cracked desert, mountain in the background.

Minutes after beginning the descent into an 800-foot canyon that's home to Big Jacks Creek, a piercing rattle forced Jason “Ras” Vaughan to freeze. He could see the snake curled between rocks only a few feet ahead. Up on the ridge his wife, Kathy Vaughan, was waiting to find out if there was a safe […]

The post Would You Create Your Own Thru-Hike? appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

February 14, 2019

Your Outdoor Love Stories

Three people leaning against a wall that says "no parking," laughing.

  Editor’s Note: Stories have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Whether holding hands with your kiddo during their first hike or bumping into the person who becomes your partner on a summit, many of us have that one most magical moment of love. This season, we’re celebrating those small moments, when love takes […]

The post Your Outdoor Love Stories appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

February 11, 2019

Would You Thru-Hike the PCT for Your Honeymoon?

The couple hugs with a backdrop of tall, snow topped mountains.

REI members Kathleen Ughetta and Andrew Wood were married December 15, 2018 in Lake Placid, New York. Their love story unfolded in the great outdoors. And it began in elementary school. Ughetta remembers Wood playing high above her on the monkey bars in fourth grade at Lafayette School in Chatham, New Jersey—and Wood doesn’t. But […]

The post Would You Thru-Hike the PCT for Your Honeymoon? appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 30, 2019

Why Has No One Completed a Winter Thru-Hike of the CDT?

Lone thru hiker walks through snow with bright blue sky in the background.

Postholing through feet of snow in cold rain, wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour winds, cold snaps that would eventually lead to frostbite—and that was just a few weeks of Justin “Trauma” Lichter’s winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2015. In other words, a winter thru-hike can simply be considered […]

The post Why Has No One Completed a Winter Thru-Hike of the CDT? appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 24, 2019

Top Picks for North Carolina Fall & Winter Camping

Hikers trudge by a wooden structure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the autumn leaves all around

North Carolina offers an incredibly diverse portfolio of terrain, stretching from the sand dunes that flank the Atlantic Ocean, through the rolling Piedmont and up to the jagged peaks that form the state’s western border with Tennessee. Some of the tallest mountains on the East Coast are tucked in there. So is one of the […]

The post Top Picks for North Carolina Fall & Winter Camping appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 23, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: Crisis in our National Parks

A view of the "High Road" trail in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA, CA. National Park Service, NPS. 2000, CA

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. On average in January, nearly half a million people visit our national parks every day. This year, as a result of the federal government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, park-goers have been greeted not just by nature’s majesty, but by mounting […]

The post The Trust for Public Land: Crisis in our National Parks appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 22, 2019

10 Best Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

Whether you’re looking for an excursion along coastal bluffs or hoping to head to the hills, the Bay Area has a trail for you. With hundreds of hiking opportunities within striking distance of San Francisco, tourists and locals alike will love the variety of trails to choose from. Offering a unique variety of terrain, the […]

The post 10 Best Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 18, 2019

REI Presents: Constant Thought

hiking pct

When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don’t work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal, physical summits—and he isn’t alone. Outdoor therapy is a growing field that is proving to help people like […]

The post REI Presents: Constant Thought appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.