December 26, 2018

How to Hike the Camino de Santiago

Camino to the coast.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is an epic Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Although the Camino is actually a network of trails, its most popular route, the Camino Francés, spans from the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the base of the French Pyrenees to Santiago de […]

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December 26, 2018

How to Travel and Hike in Japan

Tenryu-ji garden in fall.

For many international travelers, Japan is a top destination for unique experiences—the food, nightlife, temples, shrines and gardens create a culture unlike anything else in the world. But, in addition to its cultural offerings, the island nation is also known for its natural wonders. From cherry blossom season to fall colors and winter snow sports, […]

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December 24, 2018

Stop Downgrading Yourself

I had sent my first sport climb 12b/c in Ten Sleep, Wyoming last …
December 21, 2018

Top Off-the-Radar Travel Destinations of 2019

Monument Valley, Arizona.

Next year should be your most adventurous yet. After all, it’s not every day that you get to travel to the far-flung corners of the world, so you’ll want to make your trip (or trips) spectacular. And on that note, we’ll help you find some of the top off-the-radar destinations so you can explore the […]

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December 21, 2018

How to Start Solo Adventuring

A lone backpacker stands in front of the ocean as the sun is setting.

Heading into the great outdoors alone can be a worrisome experience. Just imagine, you’re in your tent at night and you hear a twig snap—and no one is there to calm you down. On the other hand, stepping into the wilderness alone lends itself to peaceful contemplation of sunrises and sunsets, undisturbed. “Solo adventuring is […]

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December 19, 2018

Top Picks For Winter Camping in Washington

Lake Wenatchee snowshoe.

If you crave solitude and want to spend time in Washington State’s most beautiful destinations, plan a fall or winter camping trip. “Sometimes you can show up [in the winter] and have a whole park almost completely to yourself,” says Meryl Lipman, communication specialist for Washington State Parks. “It’s like a backcountry experience in the […]

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December 19, 2018

After the Blaze, A Trail’s New Beginnings

Editor’s note: Trails are just one part of a community that must be cared for after a wildfire. This article focuses on the efforts communities in California have taken to rebuild trails following the Valley and Thomas fires in 2015 and 2017. REI is also contributing to efforts to help support the lives of those […]

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December 19, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Vietnam

Sunset salt harvest.

Jagged limestone karsts (natural towers created by erosion), small villages with tiered rice paddies, more than 2,000 miles of coastline, nearby pristine islands, and cultural sites that date back more than 1,500 years—Vietnam has so much to offer, and with three international airports, getting there has never been easier. “I would move to Hoi An […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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