June 20, 2019

Asheville’s Best Mountain Biking Isn’t Where You Might Think

A cyclist makes their way through thick, green brush on a mountain bike with a blue sky in the background

Asheville’s best flow trail is hidden under three feet of tall grass and briars. That’s what I decide as I ride Alexander Mountain Bike Park, pedaling through patches of thick brush that lead to a few hundred yards of butter-smooth trail before succumbing to more grass and thorns. It’s frustrating, slow-paced riding because of the […]

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June 19, 2019

REI Presents: Do Better Together

Do Better

Ayesha McGowan is a young black woman from New Jersey who is determined to become the first female African-American pro road cyclist. She won her first state championship in her third race and quickly noticed that she was one of the very few females of African-American descent on the scene. In fact, she discovered that […]

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June 18, 2019

Campworthy: Campfire Sweet Rolls

Campworthy hosts cooking sweet rolls

Recipe: Campfire Sweet Rolls Submitted by: Jen Hometown: Bay City, MI What do you love about this recipe? I hate camping. Like, why would anyone voluntarily sleep on the ground and cook in the dirt? In my opinion, the only good thing about it is cooking these calorie-dense donuts over a fire and putting 4 or […]

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June 17, 2019

I Went to an LGBTQ+ Camp. Here’s What Happened

Four people around a campfire in a dark night.

My parents were the type of middle class people who wanted to give their one and only child the kind of childhood they couldn’t have dreamt of when they were growing up. So they sent me to summer camp. Every summer, they followed their personal training clients from Manhattan to Martha’s Vineyard, cheering them on […]

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June 14, 2019

The Racers of the Longest Off-Road Cycling Race in the World

On the second Friday in June, cyclists from around the world will gather at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, for the 12th annual Grand Départ of the Tour Divide. Considered one of the original and most important races in ultra-endurance bikepacking, the Tour Divide is a competition for the […]

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June 13, 2019

Camp Recipe: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Cooked and plated stuffed french toast

Just about everyone can get behind French Toast. But when stuffed with sweet mascarpone cheese and in-season strawberries, this classic breakfast transforms into a special occasion treat! Making traditional French Toast is a fairly straightforward affair. All you need on hand are a few eggs, some milk, cinnamon, and of course, bread. For our French […]

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June 12, 2019

Campworthy: Grab Bag Energy Bites

Making Campworthy energy bites

Recipe 1: Grab Bag Bites Submitted by: Brenda Hometown: Anchorage, AK What do you love about this recipe? Let’s be honest: plain trail mix gets so boring. I love this recipe because you can modify it to your likeness. Don’t like peanuts? Don’t add ‘em. Want a 9 to 10 ratio of chocolate? Do it. These […]

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June 11, 2019

What Is a Hammock Underquilt and How Do You Use One?

Hammock underquilts are the best way to stay warm during cold campouts.

If you’ve grown to love hanging out in your hammock, perhaps you’ve contemplated sleeping overnight in your outdoor cocoon. Two obvious needs for overnight comfort are bug netting and a rain tarp, which you can buy separately or may come included as parts of a hammock tent system. One often overlooked issue, though, is how […]

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June 11, 2019

How to Travel Through the Desert Like a Pro

Tarp tent set up in the desert, short rocky mountains behind.

The desert creates a sense of awe with its gravity-defying rock formations, ancient cultural artifacts and endless expanse of life living on the edge. However, the desert can also be an unforgiving place. Many uninitiated visitors find themselves in a hostile environment caked in dust and dirt, and filled with challenge. I sat down with […]

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