outdoor sports

November 15, 2018

4: All This Death

Do you have a best friend? Like, a best best friend, as in …
November 14, 2018

Author Richard Louv on a Greener Future

After decades of reporting on the connection between family, community and nature, one might expect Richard Louv to be a pessimist. After all, the news of the day about humans and nature isn’t always the cheeriest. But the famed author and journalist radiated optimism during a late-October interview in Seattle, just before taking off on […]

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November 14, 2018

New Analysis Reveals Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors

St. Paul, Minnesota

As millions of Americans prepare to #OptOutside on Black Friday, a new analysis reveals the top 50 large U.S. cities to #OptOutside based on their park access and proximity to public lands. The Urban Outdoor Access Analysis—conducted by the Trust for Public Land and supported by REI—placed equal weight on the per-capita acreage of public […]

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November 13, 2018

Gear Review: Evo Hemp Hearts

“What the heck is hemp, anyway?” I asked. This has always been an …
November 13, 2018

Community Stories: Akuna Hikes

When Will Robinson returned home to southeast Louisiana after serving four years in the U.S. Army, he came back broken. “Mentally, I was not the same person that I was before I left,” he said. Robinson enlisted at the age of 22, and his time in the Army included one deployment in Iraq in 2003. […]

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November 8, 2018

Four Lesser-Known Destinations to Ride This Winter

Just because winter weather is arriving doesn’t mean that mountain bike season is over. On the contrary, many regions in the south remain snow-free with miles of trails that are rideable year-round and just now starting to hit their prime. These areas can be hot in the summer, but in the winter, mild temperatures yield […]

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November 7, 2018

Your Guide to Rocky Fork State Park

One of the closest state parks to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is actually just across the border in Tennessee, and it encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast. In 2012, the state of Tennessee established Rocky Fork State Park, more than 2,000 acres of mountains punctuated by cliffs and bisected by wild […]

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November 7, 2018

Your Guide to Rocky Fork State Park

One of the closest state parks to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is actually just across the border in Tennessee, and it encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast. In 2012, the state of Tennessee established Rocky Fork State Park, more than 2,000 acres of mountains punctuated by cliffs and bisected by wild […]

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November 7, 2018

Green(er) This Year: REI is Minimizing Impact in the Products it Makes

When shopping for your outdoor gear, do you think about how the products you choose impact the planet? According to the data, you probably answered “yes.” In 2015, the consumer analytics company Nielsen polled 30,000 people in 60 countries across the globe and found that 66 percent of respondents were willing to pay more for […]

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