July 12, 2018

Mini-Episode: Dying Slowly

When you’re alive and vibrant and healthy enough to choose to go climbing, …
July 9, 2018

The Best Hiking Socks of 2018

Hiker putting on hiking socks

If you’ve ever worn cotton socks on the trail, you know how bad things can get for your feet: Cotton socks hold moisture next to your skin, which can cause chafing and blisters galore. That’s why you need at least a few pairs of moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks in your pack. To bring […]

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July 9, 2018

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

I first came across backcountry cinnamon rolls on a backpacking trip with a pack of middle school girls. The girls swore the ooey gooey balls of goodness were the best part of the trip. I had to find out what the hype was all about later, since they didn’t save any for me. So, can […]

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July 9, 2018

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

I first came across backcountry cinnamon rolls on a backpacking trip with a pack of middle school girls. The girls swore the ooey gooey balls of goodness were the best part of the trip. I had to find out what the hype was all about later, since they didn’t save any for me. So, can […]

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July 6, 2018

Vermont Plans the East Coast’s First Purpose-Built, Hut-Supported Mountain Bike Route

Just outside Matt Baatz’s house in Pittsfield, Vermont, a 25-mile network of mountain bike trails climbs about 1,000 vertical feet. Baatz is the trail manager for Green Mountain Trails (GMT), a community group that built the mix of flowy singletrack and narrow, rugged routes. And he rides them daily—unless he drives either way along Vermont's […]

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July 3, 2018

Getting to Know REI Outdoor School Instructor Diedre Tanenberg

Diedre Tanenberg at the San Francisco REI store. (Photo Credit: Shelby Carpenter)

Diedre Tanenberg grew up exploring the outdoors. The 33-year-old REI Outdoor School instructor was raised on the West Coast, where she acquired a passion for pushing herself outside, primarily through camping and whitewater rafting. It therefore made perfect sense that one day Tanenberg would become an instructor for the REI Outdoor School. But there’s one […]

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July 2, 2018

Car Camping Recipe: Dutch Oven Ratatouille

Dutch Oven Ratatouille

Picture this scene: The sun is starting to set and you’re hanging out around the campfire. You casually chop up some vegetables, set your Dutch oven over the coals, saute an onion and some garlic, then dump the rest of your vegetables in with a can of tomatoes. You cover it with coals and then […]

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July 2, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an External Frame Pack and an Internal Frame Pack?

There was a time when the external frame pack was the backpacker’s workhorse. Now, though, spotting one along the trail is like seeing a classic car on the highway. Sleeker and more innovative internal frame varieties rule the trails. While the majority of backpack buyers these days will choose an internal frame pack, it’s worth […]

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June 30, 2018

Mini-Episode: I Got One of Those Brains

Scarecrow always wanted a brain, but sometimes those things don’t really work as …