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June 11, 2019

How to Travel Through the Desert Like a Pro

Tarp tent set up in the desert, short rocky mountains behind.

The desert creates a sense of awe with its gravity-defying rock formations, ancient cultural artifacts and endless expanse of life living on the edge. However, the desert can also be an unforgiving place. Many uninitiated visitors find themselves in a hostile environment caked in dust and dirt, and filled with challenge. I sat down with […]

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June 11, 2019

The Best Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Few things inspire as much passion as adventure snacks. They’re a great way to motivate and reward yourself, friends and kids during your outdoor adventures. We asked REI employees and members how they get creative with trail snacks and they delivered. Use these ideas to spice up your next outdoor excursion, or to come up […]

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June 7, 2019

4 of the Sweetest Animal Friendships We’ve Seen

Two dogs looking into the sunset together

Who's your best adventure buddy? For the friends on this list, it’s someone a little fuzzier (or, in one case, fluffier) than you and me. Here’s a list of four of the sweetest animal friendships we’ve seen. Henry the Dog and Baloo the Cat     Henry's mom, Cynthia Bennett, owned Henry for about three […]

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June 6, 2019

Here’s the (Unexpected) Gear You Never Leave Behind

Big ticket gear like tents usually get all the attention. But we want to give some love to the little guys, the gear heros that you take on every adventure. My long-handled Sea to Summit Alpha Light spoon has seen thousands of trail miles (and even more calories, partly because it’s so good at getting […]

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May 18, 2019

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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May 18, 2019

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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May 16, 2019

Beat Bugs: Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent

Thermacell Radius resting on moss on a gray rock.

The sun was setting over a still, high-desert lake along the Pacific Crest Trail, 15 or so miles south of Timberline Lodge, Oregon. It was August 2018, I was well into my 24-hour birthday hike, and I wanted to enjoy the last rays and a snack before trekking on into the night. I sat down […]

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May 2, 2019

Eating Right on the Trail

Person holds cup of coffee in the foreground. In the background there are snacks on the ground.

I spent more than a week on the Appalachian Trail in 2015, trekking through Georgia before hopping off near Franklin, North Carolina. It was April and in the throes of thru-hiking season, which meant I shared the trail with dozens of others. At night, we chatted around campfires about where we came from, why we […]

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April 29, 2019

Mikah Meyer: Why I Visted All 419 National Park Sites in the United States

Tall Trees Grove of Redwood National Park

“Who’s gonna stay with George?” My fellow rafters and I asked each other, knowing full well one member of our group couldn’t complete the strenuous side canyon hike—and we didn’t want him pooping in the boat in our absence. It’s not a question most expeditions grapple with, yet it was our reality after a Canada […]

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