outdoor sports

February 19, 2019

Climbing Doesn’t Change You

I recently had the privilege to be a social media guest contributor for …
February 18, 2019

Back from the Edge

Gary Fujioka, Sr. knew something was wrong, but he couldn’t figure out what it was. A few minutes earlier, he had been on a call with a client in his home office in Redmond, Washington. Now, he was lying on the hardwood floor. He reached for his phone, but could only stare at it. Who […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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February 15, 2019

7: Why Not Now

Fact: fear stops so much of what we do. But after one life-altering …
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 […]

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February 13, 2019

Updates Planned for Mountain Bike Trails in North Carolina’s Pisgah Ranger District

A mountain biker swoops through Pisgah National Forest.

In the coming year, three the of the most popular mountain biking trails in the Pisgah Ranger District—Avery Creek, Buckwheat Knob and Black Mountain—will receive some much-needed maintenance. Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off Road Biking Association) will devote $190,000 to maintaining and rerouting several of the region’s most beloved trails with funds from the Recreational […]

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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 […]

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February 11, 2019

The Athletes Who Brave the Cold for Winter Triathlons

Sheri Schrock has been a multisport athlete, competing in events featuring more than one sport, for 13 years. The 64-year-old diving and mountain biking coach has competed at the International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships, and as a Minnesota resident, is a lifelong cross-country skier. So in 2016, when she learned there would be a […]

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