Whenever I need a break from everyday life, nature never fails me. The deeper into the forest I go, the more peaceful I feel. My worries fall off of me like a heavy coat, and I can focus my attention on the present moment. I notice the smell of fresh pine and cedar, the crunch […]
While kids may want us to believe that the best gifts come with flashing lights and a power cord, we know the truth: Time outside is better than anything with a battery. This holiday season, encourage your favorite child to soak in the sunshine or sashay through the snowflakes with any of the 12 items […]
When lifelong cyclist Gloria Hwang heard that her friend had died in a head-first bicycle accident in New York City, she wanted to know one thing: Was he wearing a helmet? But as Hwang grappled with the loss of life, she already knew the answer. Her friend had skipped his helmet probably for the same […]
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I was cross country skiing up a long hill the first time I noticed my fingertips turn ghostly white and numb. It wasn’t bitterly cold out and I was wearing warm gloves. Was it a serious condition like frostbite? I later learned that I had Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NOZ or ray-NAZ) syndrome, a condition in which […]
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As it turns out, bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to backpacks. A bigger load can result in a heavier one that leaves you aching after just a few steps. So when Fjällräven founder Åke Nordin decided to design a bookbag for schoolchildren, he made something so small and unassuming that it hardly looked […]
Autumn means cool weather, beautiful colors and a good chance to catch a quiet moment out in the mountains. A gravel bike can quickly get you to that small stand of aspens or that quiet brook far from the road and trailhead. But as great as solitude away from the crowd is, flat tires, changing weather […]
Since launching in 2017, Co-op Cycles bikes have been designed not just for our community but with them—a process REI calls cooperative design. This fall, with that same approach in mind, Co-op Cycles debuts its first-ever e-bikes with the new CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 models. In developing the new line of e-bikes, the co-op […]
In 1992, I became plus-or-minus the 30th person to thru-hike the Colorado Trail. Though today the 485-mile trail is signed, marked, mapped and waypointed well enough that a hiker or mountain biker can travel all the way from Denver to Durango with minimal fear of experiencing orientational discombobulation, it wasn’t so three decades ago. The […]
Florida doesn’t have the summit vistas, alpine lakes, red rock canyons or broad glacial valleys that define our nation’s other hiking hot spots. But if you’re not hitting the trail in the Sunshine State, you’re missing out. Mighty mountain landscapes are replaced with dense forests teeming with life, inky waterways that are home to alligators, […]