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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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August 3, 2018

North Country Trail (NCT)

Tick off seven states along the North Country Trail—the longest continuous trail in the National Trails System. At 4,600 miles in length, there is plenty to discover. Distance: 4,600 miles States: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Vermont (coming soon!) Year Established: 1980 Best Times of Year to Visit: Year-round Notable Spots Along […]

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August 3, 2018

Potomac Heritage Trail

Following a waterway that shaped our young nation’s history by serving as a westbound highway for goods from eastern settlements, the Potomac Heritage Trail travels for 1,100 miles through the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny River basins. Discover history and scenic beauty by following the trail by foot or boat. Distance: 1,100 miles States: Virginia, […]

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August 3, 2018

Florida Trail

Wander from the Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida to the Gulf Islands National Seashore on the Florida Panhandle. The 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail allows you to experience the state in a unique way. Distance: 1,300 miles States: Florida Year Established: 1983 Best Times of Year to Visit: Spring, fall and winter Notable […]

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