August 31, 2018

How to Explore Bryce Canyon National Park

Hikers take in the view in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Named after one of the area’s early Mormon settlers, Bryce Canyon National Park sits among an all-star cast of five stunning national parks in southwest Utah. Fewer than three hours from the Grand Canyon and about two hours from Zion, Bryce tends to be bypassed by visitors who are drawn to its larger, more accessible […]

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August 29, 2018

Karel Sabbe Sets New Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail

Karel Sabbe embraces the northern terminus of the AT.

With Mount Katahdin enveloped in a midday cloud on Aug. 28, Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe summited Baxter Peak to claim the overall Fastest Known Time, or FKT, on the Appalachian Trail. He ticked off all 2,190 miles of the AT in 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes, eclipsing by more than four days the […]

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August 21, 2018

First Look: REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

When the rain hits, you want gear that keeps you dry, but not at the cost of breaking the bank. Enter the REI Co-op Rainier rain jacket. It’s waterproof, breathable and wind-resistant—and costs $89. “[The REI] founders’ original intent was to provide people with affordable gear,” said Scott Mosher, senior product art director for REI […]

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August 20, 2018

Too Old for Long-Distance Walking?

Maybe you backpacked in your 20s, ran road races in your 30s and 40s and climbed Kilimanjaro in your 50s. Suddenly you’re 65 and wondering, “What next?” Or maybe you did none of these but wish you had. I’ve met countless pilgrims, hikers and explorers well into their 70s out taking a walk that just […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

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.  This article was originally […]

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August 14, 2018

Tested: The Best Kid Carriers of 2020

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL Child Carrier - Women’s

Hiking with kids is tough as it is—you don’t need an uncomfortable kid carrier to make the experience even more difficult. But thankfully, the days of wooden boards and leather straps are in the rearview mirror. Outdoor companies understand that families want to spend time together in nature. With modern technologies and materials, the new […]

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August 8, 2018

The First-Ever Teen LGBTQ Outward Bound Trip

On a bluebird June afternoon, blue, pink and white flags waved as thousands of people pressed forward into Dolores Park for this year’s San Francisco Trans March, which took place the Friday before the city’s LGBTQ Pride Parade. Among those marching were seven teenagers, aged 15 to 18, and three trip leaders who were taking […]

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August 6, 2018

Best Backpacking Trails in North Carolina

A couple of hikers enjoy the scenery on the Appalachian Trail.

With mountain scenery, abundant campsites and shelters, and well-maintained trails in locations like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge Wilderness and Shining Rock Wilderness, a backpacking trip in North Carolina is sure to reward hikers with stunning vistas, verdant woods, picturesque waterfalls and memorable sunrises and sunsets. Whether you are planning […]

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August 3, 2018

Natchez Trace Trail

The Natchez Trace Trail follows the footsteps of some of earliest inhabitants of North America. Discover history in motion with 70 miles of trail and 444 miles of paved parkway—part of the broader Natchez Trace area. Distance: 70 miles of trail and 444 miles of paved parkway States: Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama Year Established: 1983 […]

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