June 21, 2019

Best Hikes in the White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains, locally known as the Whites, have long been one of the region’s most iconic hiking destinations. Home to White Mountain National Forest, the Presidential Range (locally known as the Prezi’s), an extensive hut system and a quintessentially New England spirit, it’s no wonder these peaks are beloved by locals and visitors […]

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June 11, 2019

What Is a Hammock Underquilt and How Do You Use One?

Hammock underquilts are the best way to stay warm during cold campouts.

If you’ve grown to love hanging out in your hammock, perhaps you’ve contemplated sleeping overnight in your outdoor cocoon. Two obvious needs for overnight comfort are bug netting and a rain tarp, which you can buy separately or may come included as parts of a hammock tent system. One often overlooked issue, though, is how […]

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June 11, 2019

How to Travel Through the Desert Like a Pro

Tarp tent set up in the desert, short rocky mountains behind.

The desert creates a sense of awe with its gravity-defying rock formations, ancient cultural artifacts and endless expanse of life living on the edge. However, the desert can also be an unforgiving place. Many uninitiated visitors find themselves in a hostile environment caked in dust and dirt, and filled with challenge. I sat down with […]

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June 11, 2019

The Best Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Snack Hacks for Any Outdoor Adventure

Few things inspire as much passion as adventure snacks. They’re a great way to motivate and reward yourself, friends and kids during your outdoor adventures. We asked REI employees and members how they get creative with trail snacks and they delivered. Use these ideas to spice up your next outdoor excursion, or to come up […]

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May 30, 2019

Inside the Mind of Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson

Heather Anderson walks with a heavy pack across a bald mountain with stormy skies in the distance

“Well, here goes,” she wrote in the trail register at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. She second-guessed her vagueness, and her modesty. “To Canada!” she added, in tiny print, before walking north—alone. Sixty days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes later, on Aug. 7,  2013, Heather “Anish” Anderson would tag the marker at […]

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May 28, 2019

Top 10 Places to Hike for National Trails Day

River winds its way through steep cliffs.

The United States boasts nearly 1 million square miles of public lands—and, according to a 2015 report from the American Hiking Society, more than 235,000 miles of hiking trails snake through forests, ascend mountains, traverse prairies, hug lakes and more on state and federal lands. But none of that happens in a vacuum. For decades, […]

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May 24, 2019

The Best Fitness Trackers for Athletes

A woman pausing during a trail run

Activity trackers help you gather data about your movement throughout the day, thereby pushing you to reach your fitness goals and holding you accountable. Most fitness trackers on the market give you information about your heart rate, mileage, steps, elevation, length of workout and exertion level. Some provide you with reminders to get up and […]

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May 24, 2019

This Initiative Is Helping to Offset Overuse on Colorado’s Highest Peaks

Hikers stand along the top of a ridgeline, looking and pointing every which way under a bright-blue sky.

Like many Coloradans, Ben Hanus was on a mission to bag some fourteeners. Unlike many Coloradans, his incentive to summit the 14,000-foot peaks wasn’t personal; it was about preservation. From 2011 to 2013, Hanus served as the sustainable trails coordinator for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), a role that led him up 42 of the […]

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May 23, 2019

Top 10 Hikes in Washington State

Mt. Rainier above Reflection Lake at sunrise.

With thousands of miles of trails spread across the state, Washington is well-known as an outdoor recreation hub in the Pacific Northwest. While the summer tends to be the busiest season with the best chance for sunny skies, hikers prepared for a little wet weather can also enjoy hiking in the spring or autumn. If […]

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