November 7, 2018

Your Guide to Rocky Fork State Park

One of the closest state parks to downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is actually just across the border in Tennessee, and it encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast. In 2012, the state of Tennessee established Rocky Fork State Park, more than 2,000 acres of mountains punctuated by cliffs and bisected by wild […]

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November 7, 2018

Green(er) This Year: REI is Minimizing Impact in the Products it Makes

When shopping for your outdoor gear, do you think about how the products you choose impact the planet? According to the data, you probably answered “yes.” In 2015, the consumer analytics company Nielsen polled 30,000 people in 60 countries across the globe and found that 66 percent of respondents were willing to pay more for […]

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November 5, 2018

Is the John Muir Trail Being Loved to Death?

On May 17, 1915, California Governor Hiram Johnson signed a bill authorizing  the allocation of funds to build the John Muir Trail (JMT). At the outset, the plan was to build a 211-mile alpine pathway that would span from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt. Whitney, meandering through rugged, untamed landscapes along the […]

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November 3, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides in Ohio

Ohio boasts an extensive network of mountain bike trails that riders of any level are bound to enjoy. In addition, many of these trails are in mountain-bike-specific areas designed with riders in mind, as well as several biking-only locations where foot traffic isn’t allowed. Here's a range of trail suggestions, whether you’re looking for a […]

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November 1, 2018

2018’s Best Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

A woman paddling a canoe through a misty lake

Sometimes, the most adventurous people in our lives can be the trickiest to shop for come holiday season. Maybe they spend all weekend in the mountains and all week dreaming about them, can start a roaring campfire in any weather or even build an Adirondack chair out of skis. So what do you get for […]

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November 1, 2018

How to Travel to and Climb Kilimanjaro

Summiting Kilimanjaro is a feat topping the bucket list of the bold—to reach the lofty Uhuru Peak is to stand atop the highest mountain in Africa. Accessible from routes starting in both Kenya and Tanzania, this emblematic peak—located entirely within Tanzania’s northeastern savanna—is one of the region’s most iconic natural wonders. It’s complemented by equally […]

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October 30, 2018

Planning Your Next Camping Trip is About to Get Even Easier

Today, REI launches Camping Project, an all-new digital guide that allows users to search bookable campgrounds by location and nearby activities. The goal: making it easier for you to find the best camping locations and discover trails and climbing routes close by. This new tool incorporates data from Recreation.gov, the trip planning and reservation service […]

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October 30, 2018

Ten Top Hikes in Colorado

Two hikers on Quandary Peak

Colorado is known for its abundant sunny weather, mountain views and nearly year-round hiking opportunities. Hikers will enjoy pleasant spring weather along the Front Range and stunning summers and autumns in the mountains. Even in the winter, the Front Range sees plenty of mild and sunny days when the trails dry out enough for a […]

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October 30, 2018

In Defense of the Weekend Warrior

Optimizing the weekend for a typical weekend warrior can be a little tricky. …