March 13, 2019

Tired of Your Sport? It Could be Burnout

A person stands before a grey sky over a grey ocean.

A gentle wind rustled evergreen boughs around me, a stream galloped past my now-damp trail runners and my pup threw herself, ecstatic, against downed branches in our way. The world was right, but I wasn’t. I saw it all, but I didn’t feel it. Instead, I had a heavy, deadened feeling in my chest and […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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March 11, 2019

Gear Review: Outdoor Research

My Outdoor Research Helium II became an essential part of my climbing day …
March 8, 2019

10 Top Hikes Near San Diego

A wide beach and the ocean.

The temperate climate and varied topography of the greater San Diego area delivers an enjoyable getaway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a seaside stroll, a rolling hike on open hillsides, a tough climb to a peak with a view or a route-finding challenge in the desert, the trail systems at […]

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March 8, 2019

The Best Down Jackets of 2019

A woman gazes at a rushing river surrounded by evergreen trees

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Mastering a true layering system takes work. But once you’ve done it, we think you’ll never go back. Layering systems are typically made up of a base layer, a mid layer, an outer layer and possibly a weatherproof shell, which allows you […]

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March 6, 2019

National Park Service Saw More Than 300 Million Visits in 2018

Hikers in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) saw 318.2 million recreation visits in 2018, according to an announcement released yesterday. This is the third highest number of annual visits on record since 1904 (when the NPS started tracking visitation numbers), though it is about 12.67 million visits fewer than 2017. The announcement also showed that visitors spent […]

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March 6, 2019

Easy Seat

Camper with pink coat on sits in orange Flexlite chair while two people filter water in the background.

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  The Flexlite Air story begins with a problem: how to create a camp chair that weighs just 1 pound. Why a pound? For the luxury of a real camp chair, backpackers told REI they’d be willing to carry an extra pound, but […]

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March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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March 4, 2019

Through the Arctic on Two Wheels

In early February, as temperatures in northern Canada hovered between -20 degrees Fahrenheit and -40 degrees Fahrenheit, four retired pro-cyclists made a first-ever, self-supported fat bike traverse along the shores of James Bay, Ontario. Situated on the world’s third largest muskeagh, or bog, the region is roadless and unreachable by land 10 to 11 months […]

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