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August 3, 2020

REI Presents: Pedal Through

"Pedal Through" film cast riding bikes through Oregon

The following article was originally published by Travel Oregon. Available to read here. Analise Cleopatra had never ridden a mountain bike before. The 29-year-old Portland filmmaker had never gone camping, either, and she suffers from long-term anxiety. Yet in September 2019, she embarked on a major adventure to push herself out of her comfort zone: […]

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July 31, 2020

How to Ride Your Bike Like a Kid Again

11-year-old on a bike going over a ramp

My manual needs work. Watch a biker who can perform a good manual, where the front wheel of the bike stays off the ground in a perpetual wheelie, and it’s a thing of beauty—like that biker is toying with the natural laws of gravity. When I attempt this trick, it’s short-lived, a few seconds on […]

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July 31, 2020

This Badlands Race Isn’t Canceled

Maah Daah Hey

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly.   his year hasn’t been kind to race organizers (or anybody else, for that matter). Major foot races like the New York City and Chicago Marathons, and bike races like the USA Cycling […]

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July 28, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Mountain Biking

mountain biking

It’s prime time for mountain biking. Around much of the country, the weather has warmed up, the dirt is tacky and the trailheads are reopened. So, whether you’re new to mountain biking of the local King of the Mountain, hit the pedals and enjoy. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items to shred this […]

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July 28, 2020

How COVID-19 Could Impact Our Outdoor Habits

Person walking on a sidewalk

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 20-year-old Julia Madajczak, a Polish au pair working with a family in Virginia, liked spending time with friends outdoors. They’d hang out in the evenings, playing […]

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July 22, 2020

Good Gear: PrimaLoft Creates a New Way to Make Insulation More Sustainable

PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation

For more than 30 years, the process of creating synthetic insulation at PrimaLoft’s Vietnamese manufacturing facility was mostly unchanged. Webs of synthetic insulation would pass along giant conveyor belts, where they were teased by industrial-size hairbrushes and layered into sheets, before entering ovens the size of school cafeterias. Intertwined in the tangle of polyester fibers […]

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July 13, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Backyard Camping

summer camping

Summer is here, and while spending time outdoors might look a little different, there’s still adventure to be had. All you have to do? Head into your own backyard. Backyard camping may not be as extreme as the alternative, but there’s solace in the easiness of it. No permits, no red tape, no forgetting any […]

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July 1, 2020

18: Life Through a Sieve

Going through a traumatic experience is kind of like putting your life through …
June 22, 2020

Tested: The Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

backpacking tents

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path. Take the long way home with the year’s best backpacking tents. These eight dependable shelters prove that you don’t need to sacrifice quality in order to create the perfect backcountry living space. Our 15 member-testers spent last summer and fall evaluating […]

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