September 20, 2019

Get Ready To Wear Hemp

Move over, cotton: Hemp is here to challenge your throne. Now that hemp is no longer considered an illicit drug, fabric manufacturers are figuring out how to turn this notoriously scratchy fiber into soft, ultracomfy clothing. It’s showing up in T-shirts, shorts, fleeces, jackets, hats and even shoes. Even better? Hemp’s sustainability scorecard makes it […]

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September 19, 2019

Camp Recipe: Peach Panzanella Salad

Stirring panzanella salad

Combining all the greatest flavors of summer, this Panzanella is the perfect side dish for any outdoor occasion.  Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad that includes fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and stale bread. In this version, we lean into summer a little more with the addition of sliced peaches. It’s bright, zesty, sweet and completely […]

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September 17, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Go Backpacking Out Your Front Door

Urban Backpacking

July 28, 2019, mile 8.92: I am inside my tent’s vestibule in the front yard of my ex-roommate’s single-story, beige house in the semi-industrial part of Seattle called Georgetown. The thin tent fly separates me from the morning chill, though it does little to drown out the sound of cars flying up the on-ramp to […]

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September 13, 2019

Chesapeake Bay’s Vanishing Island

A landscape shot of Tangier Island surrounded by water

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Tangier Island, Virginia, sits in a 30-mile breadth of the Chesapeake Bay, a dozen miles from Crisfield, Maryland, its nearest mainland port. The isle’s residents—some 475 at most—are mainly crabbers, or families of crabbers, who speak a distinct patois virtually untouched by […]

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September 12, 2019

Where’s Debbie? A Look at the Volunteer Force Behind Northern California’s Downieville Classic

The Start Mountain bikes are everywhere: on car racks, in truck beds and vans, leaning against buildings, and pedaling up and down both lanes of this rural mountain highway. The ones with bibs zip-tied to the handlebars are about to race a 26.5-mile course that climbs 4,500 feet and descends 5,700 feet. It’s the first […]

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September 11, 2019

Dog-Friendly Hikes in Colorado

A dog hikes through a field of wildflowers.

Although it's difficult to officially poll them, we're pretty sure Colorado's dogs are some of the happiest pups around: There's no shortage of dog-friendly hikes to tackle in the Centennial State with your four-legged hiking buddy. With so many options to choose from, we turned to Hiking Project, REI’s digital trail guide and online hiking […]

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September 11, 2019

How to Use Bear Spray

A person holding a can of bear spray at the ready

If you spend time outdoors in bear country, particularly grizzly bear country, bear deterrent spray should be on your never-leave-home-without-it list. But, carrying it is not enough to keep bears away. You need to know how to use bear spray effectively, and without hesitation, because an up-close encounter with an aggressive bear is no time […]

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September 9, 2019

Why These Five Outdoor Lovers Embraced Remote Work

A woman working on a laptop beside her tent at dusk

Cassie Abel, age 36, had a decision to make. She was working at her dream job in Sun Valley, Idaho, when her company announced they were relocating their headquarters to Portland, Oregon. If she wanted to keep her job, she’d have to move. Abel’s choice felt fraught. She loved Sun Valley’s community feel and proximity […]

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September 6, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Fried Rice

Combining instant rice, mixed veggies, eggs, and spices, this fried rice is a great addition to your backpacking meal list. Unlike many other backpacking meals that require a dehydrator, this recipe uses readily available store-bought ingredients. So if you don’t have a dehydrator or need to throw together a meal quickly, this might be a […]

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