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July 1, 2019

Campworthy: Corn Cook-off

Corn chowder, salad, and corn on-the-cob

Submitted by: Erin from Springfield, MO Recipe: Corn Cook-off What do you love about this recipe? We used to call my Grandpa “The Corncob King” because he started a backyard garden and planted corn that never grew so we teased him constantly.  I love corn and it’s a hardy vegetable to bring on family camping trips, […]

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July 1, 2019

The Complicated Story Behind Bike Helmet Safety

It’s obvious why we wear helmets while riding a bicycle. Research shows that cycling is responsible for more head injuries than any other sport or recreational activity. So even though we don’t intend to crash on our bike when we start pedaling, a helmet is an assurance that if we do crash, a layer of […]

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June 28, 2019

REI Camp Recipes: Guacamole Burger

Guacamole burger plated

Pairing spicy guacamole with Southwestern-spiced beef patties, this burger combination is even better than you can imagine. We thought we had tried every burger condiment under the sun: Curry ketchup, Sriracha mayo, Tzatziki sauce, you name it!  Which is why is seems crazy we had never heard of a Guac Burger before!  It’s apparently pretty […]

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June 27, 2019

The Top Grand Canyon Waterfall Hikes

Thunder Falls cascades from a cave mouth high above the canyon floor.

Thousands of feet below the rim, the mighty Colorado River hints at the forces that created the Grand Canyon, an unprecedented confluence of rock, water and time. But the river is far from the only the water feature found within the 277-mile-long chasm, and those who venture down the canyon’s walls, along its intricate network […]

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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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