December 5, 2017

How to Gear Up and Get Your Kids Started Camping and Backpacking

Nate and Alex hike along Gunsight Pass Trail in Glacier National Park

As we hiked uphill toward Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park, on a three-day family backpacking trip, a couple in their 50s stopped to talk with us. They smiled at our 9-year-old son, Nate, and 7-year-old daughter, Alex, and said, “We’re impressed! We never had any luck trying to get our kids to backpack when […]

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December 5, 2017

Op-Ed: Why Now—More than Ever—We Must Live by Leave No Trace

In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here's how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost […]

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November 30, 2017

DIY: Paracord Survival Bracelet

Paracord Bracelet

Paracord is one of the most useful items to have on an adventure. From replacing a broken shoe string to making a fishing line, it has a wide variety of uses that come in handy in both day-to-day situations and wilderness scenarios. DIY survival bracelets make great gifts since you can personalize the size and […]

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November 28, 2017

Camping Recipes: Sweet Potato & Chorizo Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato Recipe

Perfect for a chilly fall morning, this hearty breakfast skillet is a great way to start the day. The further we push into fall, the greater the motivation needed to get us up and out of bed. The nights are so long and the mornings are so cold that some days it seems impossible to […]

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November 20, 2017

Backpacking Recipes: Thanksgiving in a Collapsible Bowl!

backpacking thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the […]

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November 7, 2017

How Much Should Your Pack Weigh?

Backpacker on trail

We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh? Lots of factors go into determining pack weight, making it tough to give an exact weight recommendation for every hiker. To get some help, we turned to one of our pack-fit pros, Valerie Loughney, from our REI […]

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October 30, 2017

Backpacking Recipe: Apple Crisp for Dessert!

Backpacking Recipe Apple Crisp

This lightweight DIY backpacking recipe is a great way to end a long day’s hike. Apple crisp for dessert! Sometimes it’s the small things that keep us motivated out on the trail: switching to new a pair of socks, putting on a comfy tee-shirt at camp, or making our favorite meal for dinner. One thing that […]

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October 26, 2017

Camping with Dogs: How to Navigate Rules and Regulations

dog walking in a field

Bring your dogs on your next adventure—many areas of our public lands welcome canine companions. All it takes is a little planning. Nearly every year, I gather with friends for a campout at Steens Mountain, a remote gem in Oregon’s high desert roughly 350 miles southeast of Portland. We nestle our tents in just-turning-yellow aspens […]

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October 3, 2017

Member Portrait: Ralph “TRLBLZRS” Lee

Originally from Queens, New York, Ralph started hiking in Los Angeles at the age of 26 and never stopped. In 2014 he created TRLBLZRS, an LA-based hiking group aimed at getting people from all walks of life outdoors and connecting them to nature. Why is getting outside important? The most important thing to me is […]

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