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January 30, 2019

How Anita Naidu Connects Mountain Biking to Social Change

When Anita Naidu discovered gravity sports at the age of 8, everything changed. Her whole life she’d been abiding by the rules of a traditional Eastern Indian culture—rules she says were not supportive of women who wanted to chase the unorthodox. One memory stands out from her childhood. Sitting in the backseat of the car […]

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January 24, 2019

Top Picks for North Carolina Fall & Winter Camping

Hikers trudge by a wooden structure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the autumn leaves all around

North Carolina offers an incredibly diverse portfolio of terrain, stretching from the sand dunes that flank the Atlantic Ocean, through the rolling Piedmont and up to the jagged peaks that form the state’s western border with Tennessee. Some of the tallest mountains on the East Coast are tucked in there. So is one of the […]

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January 23, 2019

How Extra are Your Luxe Adventure Items?

Glamping site with camping couch, camping kitchen and large tan tent.

Camping doesn’t need to be basic. We believe that a life outdoors is a life well lived—and a luxurious life outdoors is a life extra well lived. Last week we asked our Instagram audience what their most extra luxury adventure item was. And they responded with everything from super soft pillows to heavy Dutch ovens! […]

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January 23, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: Crisis in our National Parks

A view of the "High Road" trail in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA, CA. National Park Service, NPS. 2000, CA

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. On average in January, nearly half a million people visit our national parks every day. This year, as a result of the federal government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, park-goers have been greeted not just by nature’s majesty, but by mounting […]

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January 22, 2019

10 Best Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

Whether you’re looking for an excursion along coastal bluffs or hoping to head to the hills, the Bay Area has a trail for you. With hundreds of hiking opportunities within striking distance of San Francisco, tourists and locals alike will love the variety of trails to choose from. Offering a unique variety of terrain, the […]

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January 22, 2019

Electric Bikes Are Having a Moment. Here’s Why.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pedaling fast on a bicycle—legs burning, sweat dripping, wind nipping against your skin—when suddenly, a voice shouts from behind: “On your left!” And a fellow cyclist cruises past with hardly any visible effort, leaving you in the dust, perplexed, until you realize the “ah-ha” detail—they were riding an […]

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January 22, 2019

Climbing Helmets: Love Them or Hate Them?

It was summer of last year, and my buddy Evan Raines came out …
January 18, 2019

REI Presents: Constant Thought

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When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don’t work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal, physical summits—and he isn’t alone. Outdoor therapy is a growing field that is proving to help people like […]

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January 17, 2019

The Gear REI Members Love

REI Co-op members using gear in the field.

We love our members here at the co-op. They’re an outdoorsy, savvy bunch with skills and opinions (lots and lots of opinions, judging by the number of product reviews on REI.com). When they make their gear preferences known, we take notice. These 10 pieces of gear are among our members’ favorites so far this year; […]

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