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October 22, 2020

How to Meditate Outdoors

sky and trees with fall colors

Imagine that you’re hiking your favorite trail. What color is the sky above you? How does the dirt feel beneath your boots? What do you smell? What do you hear? Chances are, even thinking about that scene makes you feel more relaxed. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, boost happiness and spark […]

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October 22, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

When I was 22, anything was possible. I was just learning who I was. I liked work that made my body strong. I liked sharing intimate moments that let me believe we’d be friends forever. I liked having my own space. I liked sleeping outdoors. I definitely liked my new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 tent. […]

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October 21, 2020

Your Guide for Journaling in Nature

Micha Boxer reading journal content at Cowles Mountain, San Diego, Mission Trails

Whenever I need a break from everyday life, nature never fails me. The deeper into the forest I go, the more peaceful I feel. My worries fall off of me like a heavy coat, and I can focus my attention on the present moment. I notice the smell of fresh pine and cedar, the crunch […]

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October 16, 2020

The Best Holiday Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids

outdoorsy kid

While kids may want us to believe that the best gifts come with flashing lights and a power cord, we know the truth: Time outside is better than anything with a battery. This holiday season, encourage your favorite child to soak in the sunshine or sashay through the snowflakes with any of the 12 items […]

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October 16, 2020

Good Gear: Protect Your Head and the Planet with a Helmet

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When lifelong cyclist Gloria Hwang heard that her friend had died in a head-first bicycle accident in New York City, she wanted to know one thing: Was he wearing a helmet? But as Hwang grappled with the loss of life, she already knew the answer. Her friend had skipped his helmet probably for the same […]

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October 12, 2020

Numb Fingers and Toes? It’s Not Frostbite, But Raynaud’s Can Still Be a Pain to Deal With

A person's hand showing signs of Raynaud's

I was cross country skiing up a long hill the first time I noticed my fingertips turn ghostly white and numb. It wasn’t bitterly cold out and I was wearing warm gloves. Was it a serious condition like frostbite? I later learned that I had Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NOZ or ray-NAZ) syndrome, a condition in which […]

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October 2, 2020

How Fjällräven Right-sized the Bookbag

Fjallraven Kanken

As it turns out, bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to backpacks. A bigger load can result in a heavier one that leaves you aching after just a few steps. So when Fjällräven founder Åke Nordin decided to design a bookbag for schoolchildren, he made something so small and unassuming that it hardly looked […]

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September 30, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Gravel Biking

gravel biking

Autumn means cool weather, beautiful colors and a good chance to catch a quiet moment out in the mountains. A gravel bike can quickly get you to that small stand of aspens or that quiet brook far from the road and trailhead. But as great as solitude away from the crowd is, flat tires, changing weather […]

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September 26, 2020

First Look at the New Co-op Cycles CTY e-Bikes

Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 Electric Bike

Since launching in 2017, Co-op Cycles bikes have been designed not just for our community but with them—a process REI calls cooperative design. This fall, with that same approach in mind, Co-op Cycles debuts its first-ever e-bikes with the new CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 models. In developing the new line of e-bikes, the co-op […]

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