March 26, 2020

Hikers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers Reconsider Plans Amid COVID-19

the pacific crest trail leading to a mountain in the distance

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 17, 2020

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Looking for ways to entice kids outside to take in some fresh air and burn off some surplus energy? An outdoor scavenger hunt is a timeless classic. Depending on the age of your kids and how many are participating, you can make it a friendly competition, or perhaps just come up with some rewards for […]

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March 12, 2020

Best Hikes Near Boston

Roads and colorful trees are in front of distant, tall buildings against a partly cloudy sky.

With spring blooms, lush summer forests, iconic fall foliage and stark winter beauty, the Boston area’s hiking trails deliver a rich hiking experience, no matter the season. That’s partly thanks to eastern Massachusetts’ surprisingly wide range of geography. Within an hour’s drive of downtown, you’ll find everything from coastal marshes to manicured gardens to rugged […]

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March 11, 2020

Best Hikes in Montana

Wildfloweres bloom on the hills over the turquoise Grinnell Lake

Montana’s web of rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows means you could throw a dart at the state map and end up with a bucket-list adventure. And with more than 10,366 miles of trail cataloged on REI’s Hiking Project alone, you may need to resort to dart throwing. Or start here. We’ve rounded up some of […]

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March 9, 2020

Night Hiking Basics

Two hikers on a trail wearing headlamps at dusk

When the sun takes its daily dive below the horizon and delivers nighttime to your doorstep, there’s no rule saying you have to stay in for the evening. If you’re looking to extend your daily window of time for getting outdoors, here’s some inspiration and information to get you started on your after-dark adventures: Why […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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March 9, 2020

The Origins of GORP

You’d be hard-pressed to find an hiker who isn’t familiar with GORP, even if they don’t know it by that name. GORP is simply trail mix, a staple outdoor snack as much for its high-protein, high-fat nature as it is for its sweet-and-salty goodness. But where did it, and the name GORP, come from? Turns […]

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March 6, 2020

Best Hikes Near Palm Springs

You’d be forgiven for believing California’s Palm Springs is only about second homes, swimming pools and midcentury modern architecture. After all, the Coachella Valley’s unofficial capital has houses enough for double its number of actual residents, and 90 percent of those homes feature some kind of pool. But there is so much more to do […]

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February 29, 2020

My Experience on NOLS’ First-Ever Leaders of Color Backpacking Trip

Four women pose with heavy packs beneath a bright-blue sky

n day four of a recent New Mexico backpacking trip, my hiking boots heavy and wet, I paused to catch my breath on the banks of the Gila River and realized I was seeing something I’d never witnessed before: Nine people of color, carrying more than 400 pounds on their backs, crossing a river dozens […]

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