outdoor sports

September 18, 2018

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody & Uberlayer Hooded Jacket

I don’t often have a new favorite piece of gear; I have a …
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 15, 2018

2: A Unique Relationship

Bryce’s brother Tyler died in a climbing accident but because of his death, …
September 15, 2018

2018’s Best Hammocks For Outdoor Adventures

A woman lying in a hammock

There’s nothing better than hiking to a gorgeous alpine lake on a summer day, stringing up your favorite hammock 200 feet from the sparkling water, and taking a leisurely nap in the trees. We love hammocks for everything from park naps to backcountry camping, and so does everyone else it seems: According to Ad Age, […]

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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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September 4, 2018

For the Love of Climbing

I am biologically a grown-up now, at least, according to my birth certificate …