COVID-19

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 31, 2020

Easy DIY Home Bike Maintenance: How to Clean Your Drivetrain

A close up image of the drivetrain on a road bike

Looking for new ways to spend time while responsibly sheltering at home? This productive task has the added benefit of helping you prepare for your next fresh-air excursion. Plus, it helps keep important components of your bike—your chain, chainrings and cassette—in good working order. Here’s how.     Set up your bike and gather your […]

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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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February 26, 2020

How to Find Less Crowded Trails

Two hikers taking a break on a trail in the mountains

During these challenging times of spending long hours in our homes and keeping our distance from others, hiking can offer a welcome respite of fresh air, exercise and a chance to clear our minds. Even cities taking the most strict measures for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic acknowledge the benefits of getting outdoors: “Spending […]

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December 30, 2019

How to Cycle Indoors

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide from March 16 through March 27. Learn more about that decision and review 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 […]

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December 18, 2019

You Don’t Need Anything to Play These Word Games

Games are fun (unless you’re dating). But what happens when you and your pals are social distancing and your favorite board games gather dust?  Fear not. We consulted with REI staff members and general subject-matter experts (aka fellow equipment-free game fanatics) to create a nowhere-near-exhaustive list of games that only require words. These 12 games […]

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September 1, 2019

DIY: How to Play Bug Bingo

A woman peers through the forest with a smile on her face

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we temporarily closed 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 others during […]

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July 31, 2019

DIY: How to Press Flowers

Flowers

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our 162 retail stores nationwide. Learn more about that decision here and review 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 others during social distancing. Making a flower press is […]

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