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December 30, 2020

Recreate Responsibly: An Activity-Specific Guide

Two people and dog snowshoeing in wooded area.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on May 29, 2020. It was updated on Dec. 30, 2020 with the latest winter guidelines for responsible recreation. With winter in full swing, many continue to venture outside to ski, snowshoe, hike or play in the snow—and find solace in nature during the current pandemic. But spending […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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October 30, 2020

Yosemite Wilderness and Half Dome Permits Guide

Yosemite National Park

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. By now, we all know: Our national parks are popular. The year 2019 was the fifth consecutive year that National Park Service-operated lands topped 300 million annual visits. Yosemite National Park is no […]

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October 12, 2020

Numb Fingers and Toes? It’s Not Frostbite, But Raynaud’s Can Still Be a Pain to Deal With

A person's hand showing signs of Raynaud's

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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July 13, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Backyard Camping

summer camping

Summer is here, and while spending time outdoors might look a little different, there’s still adventure to be had. All you have to do? Head into your own backyard. Backyard camping may not be as extreme as the alternative, but there’s solace in the easiness of it. No permits, no red tape, no forgetting any […]

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April 29, 2020

Camp Monsters Podcast: Kids’ Edition

Camp Monsters Podcast Kids' Edition

We can all use a little bit of imagination and creativity these days. What better way than with Camp Monsters podcast coloring pages? From the legendary Tahoe Tessie to the infamous Batsquatch, there’s a monster for everybody. Looking for more information on these monsters to inspire you? Check out season one of Camp Monsters or, […]

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April 13, 2020

Take a Page from Our Co-op Coloring Book

Pages from a coloring book that have been colored with markers

For those days when, for whatever reason, you can’t get outside, here’s a fun and meditative activity that brings the outside to you. Grab your pens, pencils, paints, pastels or whatever medium suits your mood, and get creative. Choose your canvas:  

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March 31, 2020

National and State Park Closure Updates During COVID-19

A bison by water on a grey day in Yellowstone.

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and […]

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March 25, 2020

How to Take Your Next Conference Call from Your “Tent”

Instead of taking your next conference call from your couch, why not do it under the stars with a thermos of coffee in hand, a snowy mountain range in the distance and a super strong (and totally unexplainable) Wi-Fi connection. Or maybe you’d prefer to dial in from a cozy cabin in the woods. That […]

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