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May 21, 2019

Unfinished Business on the TransVirginia Bike Route

Huddling beneath an overpass, sopping wet from the rain and freezing, a thought crosses my mind that day one of the TransVirginia Bike Route—a 550-mile, mostly gravel bikepacking route from Washington, D.C., to Damascus, Virginia—is perhaps a little harder than I was expecting. The first 63 miles are mostly flat, I’d assured my companions. The […]

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May 20, 2019

Hellbender Denied Listing as Endangered Species, but Still in Peril

Natural habitat for the hellbender salamander: The cold mountain streams in the Appalachian Range.

The eastern hellbender is not a cute animal. It’s typically a shade of dull brown, with small eyes and folds of loose skin running down the sides of its body. Sometimes it has patches or spots along its slimy back. And while most salamanders top out at several inches long, the eastern hellbender can grow […]

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May 18, 2019

Storms Could be Severe

Storms in AR and TN, some may be severe. Cold air aloft and moist air toward the surface making an unstable atmosphere in Dixie Alley and […]
May 18, 2019

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoors Lovers

Two dads laughing together in a forest in the rain

Father’s day is just around the corner and we know it can hard to figure out what to buy for those gadget-loving, mountain-climbing, triathlon-crushing dads in your life. That’s why we gathered up a list of our favorite gifts for outdoor-loving dudes. We based these ideas on recommendations from REI staff and customers, and we […]

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May 18, 2019

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoors Lovers

Two dads laughing together in a forest in the rain

Father’s day is just around the corner and we know it can hard to figure out what to buy for those gadget-loving, mountain-climbing, triathlon-crushing dads in your life. That’s why we gathered up a list of our favorite gifts for outdoor-loving dudes. We based these ideas on recommendations from REI staff and customers, and we […]

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May 18, 2019

Outlook for 5/19/2019

We have cold air aloft to the north, and moisture at the surface coming up from the Gulf. The projected Dryline is moving through Texas, Arkansas, […]
May 16, 2019

Beat Bugs: Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent

Thermacell Radius resting on moss on a gray rock.

The sun was setting over a still, high-desert lake along the Pacific Crest Trail, 15 or so miles south of Timberline Lodge, Oregon. It was August 2018, I was well into my 24-hour birthday hike, and I wanted to enjoy the last rays and a snack before trekking on into the night. I sat down […]

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May 15, 2019

10. I’ll Spare You the Platitudes

Corey’s dad introduced him to climbing and the outdoors. In 2010, Corey’s dad …
May 14, 2019

Your Guide to Last-Minute Backpacking

Campsite with backpacking gear set up

Whether you’re an experienced backpacker or just getting started, it can be difficult to find the time to get out. With work schedules and busy lives, many of us have only one or two days per week to spend nights outdoors. By the time a day off rolls around, it can be tough to find […]

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