February 26, 2019

The Best Warm and Breathable Fleece Jackets of 2019

Hiker puts on a North Face fleece

Why should you buy a fleece jacket? Fleece jackets are breathable, cozy and warm, which makes them a mid layer ideally suited to outdoor adventures when you need to adjust your outfit according to your level of exertion and the weather. Fleeces are also a stylish, everyday jacket option for people who live in colder […]

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February 25, 2019

Are Outdoor Preschools the Wave of the Future?

A child staring into the distance with sunglasses on

A group of toddlers waddle down a muddy path at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland, Oregon, alternating between moving at a snail’s pace and running full-speed ahead. A handful of parents and caregivers are standing back, letting the children lead the way. No one is in a hurry and there’s no obvious teaching […]

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February 21, 2019

REI Co-op Partners with Bontrager to Bring Top Name in Components and Accessories to REI Customers

REI Co-op and premier bicycling brand Bontrager are teaming up to bring an assortment of Bontrager apparel, accessories and components to REI customers. The co-op has a long-standing relationship with Brontrager's parent company Trek through the sale of Electra bikes, Trek has allowed all Trek and Electra retailers to carry Bontrager products. This new partnership […]

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February 19, 2019

Climbing Doesn’t Change You

I recently had the privilege to be a social media guest contributor for …
February 18, 2019

Back from the Edge

Gary Fujioka, Sr. knew something was wrong, but he couldn’t figure out what it was. A few minutes earlier, he had been on a call with a client in his home office in Redmond, Washington. Now, he was lying on the hardwood floor. He reached for his phone, but could only stare at it. Who […]

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February 17, 2019

Gear Review: Women’s REI Co-op Flash 45 and 55 Backpacking Packs

Whether you want to travel super light or feel super comfortable, you’re going to need the right backpacking pack for your outdoor adventures. And you’ll want your backpack to work as part of a seamless camping system that includes your pack, shelter, sleeping bag, pad, stove and other essentials. Together, these items comprise your core […]

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February 15, 2019

Would You Create Your Own Thru-Hike?

Thru hiker with pack on walks across cracked desert, mountain in the background.

Minutes after beginning the descent into an 800-foot canyon that's home to Big Jacks Creek, a piercing rattle forced Jason “Ras” Vaughan to freeze. He could see the snake curled between rocks only a few feet ahead. Up on the ridge his wife, Kathy Vaughan, was waiting to find out if there was a safe […]

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February 15, 2019

7: Why Not Now

Fact: fear stops so much of what we do. But after one life-altering …
February 14, 2019

Your Outdoor Love Stories

Three people leaning against a wall that says "no parking," laughing.

  Editor’s Note: Stories have been lightly edited for length and clarity. Whether holding hands with your kiddo during their first hike or bumping into the person who becomes your partner on a summit, many of us have that one most magical moment of love. This season, we’re celebrating those small moments, when love takes […]

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