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September 18, 2018

On the Trail Again: 50 Years Later

As hikers whizzed past us with their ultralight packs and trekking poles flying at their sides, we plodded along with our 50-year-old backpacks. “You’re carrying too much weight,” a male hiker in a hurry shouted as he turned to acknowledge us. Perhaps we were, by his standards. But our hike was not about speed. My […]

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September 17, 2018

7 Ways to Rekindle Your Sense of Awe Outside—and Why

Hikers on a trail

Awe comes in many forms. It’s the amazement that arises with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as catching the northern lights, or the wonder of taking in a transcendent performance, or the quiet “wow” you utter while watching a magnificent sunset. As human beings, we have a natural capacity for awe, but in the midst of our […]

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September 7, 2018

13 Public Lands You Might Have Missed

Filled-up campsites, parking woes and crowded trails are just part of getting outdoors sometimes. Instead of going to the parks everyone knows about this National Public Lands Day, why not hit some less-crowded gems? We asked REI employees to tell us about their favorite public lands—the ones that likely aren’t on your radar. They each […]

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September 7, 2018

Your Guide to Understanding Public Lands

In the last few years, the term “public lands” has been spoken about with increasing regularity. You’ve likely seen it in news articles, documentaries and even advertising. But what exactly are public lands? In the broadest sense, they’re areas of land that are open to the public and managed by the government. You can think […]

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September 7, 2018

Meet Two Outdoor Enthusiasts Who Aren’t Letting Diabetes Stop Them

Sydney Williams on the Trans-Catalina Trail

In September 2017, Sydney Williams was stand up paddle boarding with her husband in San Diego, California. It was a sweltering day, her paddle was warm and she hadn't brought enough water. Following that session on the water, Williams was severely dehydrated. She'd felt sick off and on prior to that, but that day, she […]

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August 30, 2018

Bikepackers Chase Adventure First, Glory Last

On September 14, a dozen mountain bikers will assemble before dawn at Waterfront Park in Northville, New York, a village of 1,000 people in the Adirondack Mountain foothills. Michael Intrabartola, a carpenter who lives in the High Peaks region 90 miles north, will check in with each rider as they secure soft-sided bags to their […]

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August 30, 2018

One Writer’s Quest to Introduce Kids to Our National Parks

Man looking at Denali with a copy of a book in hand

Kate Siber remembers clearly the magic of her first national park visit: She was 10. And the cliffs of Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Tribe’s adjacent land made a huge impact. “Coming from an urban upbringing, I was completely blown away by the cliffs, the red hue of the rock, the crazy waterfalls […]

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August 29, 2018

Karel Sabbe Sets New Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail

Karel Sabbe embraces the northern terminus of the AT.

With Mount Katahdin enveloped in a midday cloud on Aug. 28, Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe summited Baxter Peak to claim the overall Fastest Known Time, or FKT, on the Appalachian Trail. He ticked off all 2,190 miles of the AT in 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes, eclipsing by more than four days the […]

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August 28, 2018

The Lady Shred Spirit is Alive and Growing in Wydaho

Devin Dwyer’s path to women’s advocacy started with a tough day in the snow. In 2011 she showed up to a level II avalanche class in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as the lone woman in a room of men. On the first day of ski touring, her guide and group left her behind. After that Dwyer […]

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