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December 21, 2018

How to Start Solo Adventuring

A lone backpacker stands in front of the ocean as the sun is setting.

Heading into the great outdoors alone can be a worrisome experience. Just imagine, you’re in your tent at night and you hear a twig snap—and no one is there to calm you down. On the other hand, stepping into the wilderness alone lends itself to peaceful contemplation of sunrises and sunsets, undisturbed. “Solo adventuring is […]

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December 19, 2018

Top Picks For Winter Camping in Washington

Lake Wenatchee snowshoe.

If you crave solitude and want to spend time in Washington State’s most beautiful destinations, plan a fall or winter camping trip. “Sometimes you can show up [in the winter] and have a whole park almost completely to yourself,” says Meryl Lipman, communication specialist for Washington State Parks. “It’s like a backcountry experience in the […]

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December 19, 2018

After the Blaze, A Trail’s New Beginnings

Editor’s note: Trails are just one part of a community that must be cared for after a wildfire. This article focuses on the efforts communities in California have taken to rebuild trails following the Valley and Thomas fires in 2015 and 2017. REI is also contributing to efforts to help support the lives of those […]

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December 19, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Vietnam

Sunset salt harvest.

Jagged limestone karsts (natural towers created by erosion), small villages with tiered rice paddies, more than 2,000 miles of coastline, nearby pristine islands, and cultural sites that date back more than 1,500 years—Vietnam has so much to offer, and with three international airports, getting there has never been easier. “I would move to Hoi An […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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December 17, 2018

2018 and 2019’s Best Waterproof Pants for Hiking and Biking

A woman and a man hiking on a trail in rain gear

Rain pants are one of those purchases you won’t need until you really, really do. When it starts pouring rain and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have a pair of waterproof, breathable pants stashed in your pack. For this guide, we looked for comfortable, waterproof rain pants offered in a variety of sizes. […]

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December 17, 2018

On Little White Oak Mountain, A Would-Be Neighborhood is Now a Public Park

The Polk County Recreation Complex with Little White Oak Mountain in the background

A mountain once slated for development is now being turned into a public park. The town of Columbus, North Carolina, originally approved the construction of 687 homes on a 1,068-acre parcel on the south side of Little White Oak Mountain, 40 miles southeast of Asheville, near Lake Lure. The development stalled after the economic slump […]

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December 17, 2018

Mountain Biking: A Glossary of Terms

Mountain bikers can be difficult to understand. They use a coded lexicon that sounds like some combination of jargon and birds of paradise mating calls. I’ve been hanging around mountain bikers for the past decade and I’m still adding permutations to the endless inventory of synonyms for “stoked.” This is not a comprehensive guide. But […]

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December 15, 2018

5: Hold Fast

There’s a remarkable beauty of relative perspective. I mean, it’s kind of amazing …