In the coming year, three the of the most popular mountain biking trails in the Pisgah Ranger District—Avery Creek, Buckwheat Knob and Black Mountain—will receive some much-needed maintenance. Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off Road Biking Association) will devote $190,000 to maintaining and rerouting several of the region’s most beloved trails with funds from the Recreational […]
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REI members Kathleen Ughetta and Andrew Wood were married December 15, 2018 in Lake Placid, New York. Their love story unfolded in the great outdoors. And it began in elementary school. Ughetta remembers Wood playing high above her on the monkey bars in fourth grade at Lafayette School in Chatham, New Jersey—and Wood doesn’t. But […]
Sheri Schrock has been a multisport athlete, competing in events featuring more than one sport, for 13 years. The 64-year-old diving and mountain biking coach has competed at the International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships, and as a Minnesota resident, is a lifelong cross-country skier. So in 2016, when she learned there would be a […]
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A new multiuse trail connecting Washington state to Washington, D.C., is more than halfway complete. Called the Great American Rail-Trail, the route makes use of old railway corridors that have fallen into disuse and abandonment, converting them to pathways—separate from roads and cars—for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. Once complete, proponents say the Great American Rail-Trail […]
A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path. Ever since Walton Brush can remember, he’s been on a bike. After cutting his teeth on mountain bike trails in New Hampshire with his dad and sister, he eventually picked up road biking after moving to Portland, Oregon, for middle school in […]
Early on Monday, Jan. 28, temperatures dipped to minus 10 in International Falls, Minnesota. Don Gabrielson, a 52-year-old rear admiral Navy officer who lives in Seattle, prepared for the worst by wrapping duct tape around his balaclava to seal out the bitter cold as he prepared to cycle for 135 miles through the Northern Minnesota […]
Postholing through feet of snow in cold rain, wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour winds, cold snaps that would eventually lead to frostbite—and that was just a few weeks of Justin “Trauma” Lichter’s winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2015. In other words, a winter thru-hike can simply be considered […]
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When Anita Naidu discovered gravity sports at the age of 8, everything changed. Her whole life she’d been abiding by the rules of a traditional Eastern Indian culture—rules she says were not supportive of women who wanted to chase the unorthodox. One memory stands out from her childhood. Sitting in the backseat of the car […]
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