January 17, 2019

The Gear REI Members Love

REI Co-op members using gear in the field.

We love our members here at the co-op. They’re an outdoorsy, savvy bunch with skills and opinions (lots and lots of opinions, judging by the number of product reviews on REI.com). When they make their gear preferences known, we take notice. These 10 pieces of gear are among our members’ favorites so far this year; […]

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January 8, 2019

Top Trip Ideas for the Traveling Family

Family getting splashed on the Rogue River.

Traveling with kids can feel daunting. Unpredictable schedules, long travel days and new foods can quickly create a stressful environment to navigate as a family. But instead of waiting until your kids are mature enough for a big vacation, choose a trip that works for your family—and don’t be afraid to try something new. You […]

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January 3, 2019

How to Visit and Explore Patagonia

Tents sit in front of jagged spires in Patagonia.

n paper, Patagonia is simply a region. A 260,000-square-mile expanse of land that covers the southern half of both Chile and Argentina as they narrow into nothingness at the bottom of the globe. But in person, Patagonia feels like a test lab for adventure, where every possible environmental variable has been turned up to 11. […]

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January 2, 2019

Why You Need to Go Glamping in 2019

A cabin in the woods with a couple standing outside

It was a dark and stormy night, but Dark 'n' Stormies weren't on our minds. Camp cocktails would come later. We nosed our car down dirt roads, our path illuminated by our headlights. Finally, after eluding us for nearly four hours, Narrowsburg, New York, was within our grasp. Our GPS wasn’t cooperating, but that was […]

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January 2, 2019

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

A woman peeking out of a bright-orange sleeping bag

Because waking up in your tent shivering in the middle of the night is a miserable experience, the key factor when you choose a sleeping bag is its temperature rating. If you have a reasonable idea of the coldest conditions you anticipate on your adventure, you can pick a bag that will keep you warm […]

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January 2, 2019

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

A woman peeking out of a bright-orange sleeping bag

Because waking up in your tent shivering in the middle of the night is a miserable experience, the key factor when you choose a sleeping bag is its temperature rating. If you have a reasonable idea of the coldest conditions you anticipate on your adventure, you can pick a bag that will keep you warm […]

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December 28, 2018

How to Save Phone Battery Life in the Backcountry

Woman holding cellphone with map on it in front of green grass.

Now, before we begin, we want to be clear: We don’t endorse being glued to your phone in the great outdoors. In fact, we think time spent in nature provides the perfect excuse for taking a break from the trappings of modern life. However, we have to admit that sometimes our smartphones can be a […]

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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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