June 14, 2018

Revival in the Lost Sierra

Portola, California, is a former railroad town in a northeastern pocket of the state called the Lost Sierra. A 50-minute drive north of Reno, this area is rich with natural beauty: Beckwourth Peak lies just south of town, the Middle Fork Feather River—a national wild and scenic river—flows alongside the town flanked by a bike […]

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June 8, 2018

Meet Force of Nature Dr. Rosaly Lopes

Sure, the cone was pyroclastic—a technical term meaning “sometimes spews lava”—but it seemed to be done erupting. So Rosaly Lopes and her advisor proceeded with their fieldwork on Sicily’s temperamental Mount Etna. It was 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Lopes, a graduate student in planetary geology at University College, University of London, and her thesis advisor, Dr. John […]

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June 7, 2018

Rare Fireflies Mesmerize Thousands in North Carolina and Tennessee

Synchronous Fireflies

Your standard firefly serves as  a wonderful hallmark of summer in the South, but Western North Carolina and East Tennessee have a corner on two species of fireflies that are downright miraculous. Deep inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), there’s a species of firefly that synchronizes blinking: All the fireflies flash several times together […]

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June 7, 2018

19 National Recreation Trails Designated in 17 States

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chose this National Trails Day, June 2, to designate 19 new national recreation trails. These newly designated trails, but not newly built trails, are in 17 different states and add more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system, which spans over 1,000 miles in each of the 50 states. […]

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June 6, 2018

REI Presents: I Am Here

mountaineering

Day 2, 4:36am. I am waking up on Mount St. Helens, in Washington state. It is April, and the whole mountain is still covered in snow. A long day is ahead and I’m ready for coffee. The sunrise is a beautiful ombre blend of orange and pink, so it’s already a great day. Many thoughts […]

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June 6, 2018

REI Presents: I Am Here

mountaineering

Day 2, 4:36am. I am waking up on Mount St. Helens, in Washington state. It is April, and the whole mountain is still covered in snow. A long day is ahead and I’m ready for coffee. The sunrise is a beautiful ombre blend of orange and pink, so it’s already a great day. Many thoughts […]

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June 5, 2018

Starting Anew: Eagle Creek Fire Raises Questions About Future of Forests, Hikes and Tourism in the Columbia River Gorge

Eagle Creek Fire

By the time summer sun gave way to fall rains in Oregon, it was clear the state had experienced one of its worst-ever years for wildfires. According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, wildfires charred more than 665,000 acres in 2017—nearly equaling the size of the state of Rhode Island—all at a cost of $454 […]

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May 30, 2018

How Van Life Gives This National Champion an Edge Over the Competition

The USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships go down every year on a rugged course just shy of 50 miles that loops through rural Arkansas. Last year, everything came together perfectly for Payson McElveen, a 25-year-old racer, to take the win in a sprint across the finish line, beating his friend and competitor, Howard […]

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May 29, 2018

Gear Review: Osprey Eja 58

Backpackers looking to enjoy their time in the wilderness face a perennial question: What’s more important, having comfortable gear or lightweight gear? Your backpack is one of the most important items that impacts how you feel on the trail and how quickly you can move during your outdoor adventures. Osprey has long created packs with […]

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