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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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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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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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How to Make Hiking Fun with Kids

A child rides on her parent's shoulder during a hike.

Going on a family hike is a great way to encourage kids to be active and connect with nature. But sometimes the reality isn’t Instagram-ready. Parents and caregivers, we’ve been there. There’s occasional whining, and getting through a hike may take a little bribery and a whole lot of cajoling. It doesn’t always have to […]

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Top 10 Hikes in Washington State

Mt. Rainier above Reflection Lake at sunrise.

With thousands of miles of trails spread across the state, Washington is well-known as an outdoor recreation hub in the Pacific Northwest. While the summer tends to be the busiest season with the best chance for sunny skies, hikers prepared for a little wet weather can also enjoy hiking in the spring or autumn. If […]

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The Best Fitness Trackers for Athletes

A woman pausing during a trail run

Activity trackers help you gather data about your movement throughout the day, thereby pushing you to reach your fitness goals and holding you accountable. Most fitness trackers on the market give you information about your heart rate, mileage, steps, elevation, length of workout and exertion level. Some provide you with reminders to get up and […]

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Top 10 Places to Hike for National Trails Day

River winds its way through steep cliffs.

The United States boasts nearly 1 million square miles of public lands—and, according to a 2015 report from the American Hiking Society, more than 235,000 miles of hiking trails snake through forests, ascend mountains, traverse prairies, hug lakes and more on state and federal lands. But none of that happens in a vacuum. For decades, […]

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Backpacking Recipe: Coconut Curry Ramen

Coconut Curry Ramen Cooked

Creamy coconut milk, meaty shiitake mushrooms, and a medley of spices, this coconut curry ramen is a definite upgrade over the dollar store version. Instant ramen is great, but as a main meal out on the trail we find it to lack substance. After only an hour or two, we’re hungry again. That’s why we […]

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Inside the Mind of Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson

Heather Anderson walks with a heavy pack across a bald mountain with stormy skies in the distance

“Well, here goes,” she wrote in the trail register at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. She second-guessed her vagueness, and her modesty. “To Canada!” she added, in tiny print, before walking north—alone. Sixty days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes later, on Aug. 7,  2013, Heather “Anish” Anderson would tag the marker at […]

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