June 27, 2019

Ayesha McGowan’s Inner Struggle

Ayesha McGowan leans on the handlebars of her bike while wearing a helmet, glasses, and a bike jersey

On the first day of 2015, Ayesha McGowan published a to-do list on her blog, “A Quick Brown Fox.” On her list:  Get more women/women of color on bikes Upgrade to Category 2 Finish Top 5 in any given Track Crit Win another State Championship Race in a state I’ve never been to before Spend […]

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June 25, 2019

The 7 Coolest New Products for Backpackers We Found at Outdoor Retailer

Black Diamond ReVolt 350

We scoured the massive show floor of last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver in search of the most exciting pieces of backpacking gear hitting shelves—and trails—in the coming months. From stoves to sleeping pads to backpacks, the innovation of your favorite brands didn’t disappoint. Backpacking gear is getting lighter, more comfortable and more […]

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June 25, 2019

“It’s Flat” and Other Nonsense We’ve Told Newbies

Two people sit on the ground, a huge snowy mountain is behind them.

“It’s the desert,” I told my partner a few weeks ago, exasperated. “It’s totally flat.” Their eyes rolled back in their head so far I almost didn’t think they’d come back again. “I’ve heard that before,” they sighed. I wanted to protest, but thinking back, I could see that they were right. I’ve both cycled […]

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June 24, 2019

U.S. Mountain Bike Organization Gets More Kids On Bikes—But Aims for More Equity, Diversity

Demonte Cosby rides his mountani bike on a trail through a dense green forest

At first, Demonte Cosby did not like mountain biking. It was 2015. Cosby was 13 years old and living in a public housing unit in Richmond, Virginia. He was used to traditional team sports. He’d tried swimming, basketball, soccer, football and baseball, but he said he never felt entirely engaged with the activities or the […]

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June 24, 2019

Top New Trail Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer

At last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver—where new gear debuts to the outdoor industry—we noticed a consistent trend among hiking and running gear built for trails. Everything transitions well off the trail, too. Call it hybrid gear: This latest crop of new goods, from hiking boots to backpacks, is anything but one-dimensional. Here are […]

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June 21, 2019

Best Hikes in the White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains, locally known as the Whites, have long been one of the region’s most iconic hiking destinations. Home to White Mountain National Forest, the Presidential Range (locally known as the Prezi’s), an extensive hut system and a quintessentially New England spirit, it’s no wonder these peaks are beloved by locals and visitors […]

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June 20, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Mushroom Pasta Alfredo

Backpacking pasta Alfredo completed

Rich, creamy, and totally filling, this pasta dish is the perfect meal to cap off a day on the trail. Filled with meaty mushrooms, bright sun-dried tomatoes, and savory bacon bits, this recipe is a lightweight, calorie-dense version of pasta Alfredo. After a long day of hiking, we can think of no better way to […]

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June 20, 2019

Asheville’s Best Mountain Biking Isn’t Where You Might Think

A cyclist makes their way through thick, green brush on a mountain bike with a blue sky in the background

Asheville’s best flow trail is hidden under three feet of tall grass and briars. That’s what I decide as I ride Alexander Mountain Bike Park, pedaling through patches of thick brush that lead to a few hundred yards of butter-smooth trail before succumbing to more grass and thorns. It’s frustrating, slow-paced riding because of the […]

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June 19, 2019

REI Presents: Do Better Together

Do Better

Ayesha McGowan is a young black woman from New Jersey who is determined to become the first female African-American pro road cyclist. She won her first state championship in her third race and quickly noticed that she was one of the very few females of African-American descent on the scene. In fact, she discovered that […]

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