As hikers whizzed past us with their ultralight packs and trekking poles flying at their sides, we plodded along with our 50-year-old backpacks. “You’re carrying too much weight,” a male hiker in a hurry shouted as he turned to acknowledge us. Perhaps we were, by his standards. But our hike was not about speed. My […]
Awe comes in many forms. It’s the amazement that arises with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as catching the northern lights, or the wonder of taking in a transcendent performance, or the quiet “wow” you utter while watching a magnificent sunset. As human beings, we have a natural capacity for awe, but in the midst of our […]
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There’s nothing better than hiking to a gorgeous alpine lake on a summer day, stringing up your favorite hammock 200 feet from the sparkling water, and taking a leisurely nap in the trees. We love hammocks for everything from park naps to backcountry camping, and so does everyone else it seems: According to Ad Age, […]
Filled-up campsites, parking woes and crowded trails are just part of getting outdoors sometimes. Instead of going to the parks everyone knows about this National Public Lands Day, why not hit some less-crowded gems? We asked REI employees to tell us about their favorite public lands—the ones that likely aren’t on your radar. They each […]
In the last few years, the term “public lands” has been spoken about with increasing regularity. You’ve likely seen it in news articles, documentaries and even advertising. But what exactly are public lands? In the broadest sense, they’re areas of land that are open to the public and managed by the government. You can think […]
In September 2017, Sydney Williams was stand up paddle boarding with her husband in San Diego, California. It was a sweltering day, her paddle was warm and she hadn't brought enough water. Following that session on the water, Williams was severely dehydrated. She'd felt sick off and on prior to that, but that day, she […]
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“Glamping” has emerged as the buzziest of buzzwords in the outdoors. Camping itself has always existed on a spectrum, from minimalists sleeping in remote wilderness areas to RVers in parking lots. Glamping has emerged as a way of pushing the envelope on the posh end of things, sometimes in spectacularly extravagant ways, but it can […]