January 10, 2020

How to Get Through the Thru-Hiking Off-Season

A woman raises her hiking poles triumphantly above her head

When you’re thru-hiking, your days are consumed by simple tasks.  “All you have to concern yourself with is: What am I going to eat today? Or where should I pitch my tent? Where is my water? And you walk,” says Michelle “SuperClassy” Markel, 47, an experienced thru-hiker who’s tackled the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Appalachian […]

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January 9, 2020

How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

If it’s true desert wilderness you seek, then you can’t do better than the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of the national parks system. Carved by water and chiseled by time, the mile-deep gash has enough mind-melting scenery to fill even the largest of memory cards. Twenty-mile views? Check. Soaring pinnacles? Check. Red rock buttes […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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January 3, 2020

The Best Winter Boots of 2020

Best Winter Boots

Leave hibernation to the bears. These seven boots are proof that you don’t need to shiver or sacrifice sure footing in order to enjoy winter. Our favorite cold-weather kicks boast incredible warmth for the weight, sticky-as-glue traction and user-friendly price tags, so you’re sure to wear them all season long. Oboz Bridger 9” Insulated BDry […]

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December 27, 2019

Best Hikes in Death Valley

Mountains in Death Valley National Park

Towering 11,000-foot mountains, barren salt flats, sand dunes, deep canyons, expansive vistas and hidden oases make Death Valley National Park a hiker's playground. Mild temps and the chance to see wildflower superblooms mean spring is the most popular time to visit, but autumn and winter offer equally pleasant weather and fewer people. Temperatures soar above […]

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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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November 7, 2019

Your Shorts Could Help You Get Rescued

RECCO

The biggest piece of lifesaving gear you carry into the backcountry might not be something you even know you have. It doesn’t need batteries or a subscription. But, in the event of an emergency, it could improve the chances of rescuers finding you.  RECCO®, which has been used in winter apparel and equipment since the […]

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November 4, 2019

Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City

An overlook of valley cradled by mountains, covered with white, thin clouds.

Perhaps most famously known for skiing, Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front also boast a plethora of hiking trails. With everything from easy summit hikes on the edge of town to rugged adventures in the canyons and mountains beyond, there are more than enough trails to keep everyone entertained. Though many of these hikes […]

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October 31, 2019

REI Presents: Nature’s Colin

Watch Colin's journey from sofa to summit now. Episode 1: Colin McArthur is not an outdoorsman, but he wants to climb a mountain. For Colin and his wife Dawn, this is the busiest time of their lives. Facing the challenges of working part-time while raising their son Davis, and with a second child on the […]

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