April 17, 2019

Top 10 Hikes Near Austin

A multi-colored sunset viewed from the summit of Enchanted Rock.

Numerous city parks, well-groomed greenways, rugged greenbelts and the lovely Lady Bird Lake make Austin a unique city for outdoor explorers. With the Colorado River winding through downtown, there are opportunities to find shaded paths and quiet waterside retreats in the heart of the Texas state capital. Or take a short drive northwest of town […]

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April 10, 2019

The Best Camping Lanterns of 2019

A woman carrying a camp lantern on the beach right after sunset

Camping lanterns have been used to light up the night for centuries. Originally made to enclose a candle flame, lanterns have evolved to be powered by gas, batteries, USB ports and solar panels. Whether you are looking to illuminate a dark campsite near your car or deep in the backcountry, lanterns offer a reliable light […]

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April 5, 2019

Comparing the Arc’teryx Beta and Zeta Jackets

My first hike after moving to the Pacific Northwest took me on a 7-mile haul to one of the best views of Seattle, if the day is clear. Unfortunately for me, it rained the entire time, and my three-year-old rain jacket that I previously considered “good enough” just didn’t hold up. By the time I […]

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March 29, 2019

10 Best Hikes in Oregon

Crater Lake and the surrounding landscape lie below the summit of Mount Scott.

With waterfalls, dense forests, rocky coastlines, rare plants and animals, dormant volcanoes, snow and ice capped peaks and stunning mountain landscapes, it is easy to fall in love with everything Oregon has to offer. From short day hikes suitable for the whole family to rugged and strenuous treks to its highest summits, Oregon is a […]

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March 15, 2019

These Trail-to-Town Boots Will Take You (Almost) Anywhere

Choosing hiking boots, first and foremost, should be about comfort—but what about practicality? If you’re a do-it-all-in-a-day adventurer, you might be looking for a unicorn of a boot that’s equally at home on concrete and dirt. Luckily, boots like these have entered the gear market. While there are still plenty of options for utilitarian hiking […]

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March 13, 2019

Tired of Your Sport? It Could be Burnout

A person stands before a grey sky over a grey ocean.

A gentle wind rustled evergreen boughs around me, a stream galloped past my now-damp trail runners and my pup threw herself, ecstatic, against downed branches in our way. The world was right, but I wasn’t. I saw it all, but I didn’t feel it. Instead, I had a heavy, deadened feeling in my chest and […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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March 8, 2019

10 Top Hikes Near San Diego

A wide beach and the ocean.

The temperate climate and varied topography of the greater San Diego area delivers an enjoyable getaway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a seaside stroll, a rolling hike on open hillsides, a tough climb to a peak with a view or a route-finding challenge in the desert, the trail systems at […]

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March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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