March 11, 2020

Best Hikes in Montana

Wildfloweres bloom on the hills over the turquoise Grinnell Lake

Montana’s web of rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows means you could throw a dart at the state map and end up with a bucket-list adventure. And with more than 10,366 miles of trail cataloged on REI’s Hiking Project alone, you may need to resort to dart throwing. Or start here. We’ve rounded up some of […]

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March 9, 2020

Night Hiking Basics

Two hikers on a trail wearing headlamps at dusk

When the sun takes its daily dive below the horizon and delivers nighttime to your doorstep, there’s no rule saying you have to stay in for the evening. If you’re looking to extend your daily window of time for getting outdoors, here’s some inspiration and information to get you started on your after-dark adventures: Why […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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March 9, 2020

The Origins of GORP

You’d be hard-pressed to find an hiker who isn’t familiar with GORP, even if they don’t know it by that name. GORP is simply trail mix, a staple outdoor snack as much for its high-protein, high-fat nature as it is for its sweet-and-salty goodness. But where did it, and the name GORP, come from? Turns […]

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March 9, 2020

Camp Recipe: Green Curry with Tofu

Green curry with tofu, plated and ready to serve

Spicy, creamy, and a hint of sweet, this one-skillet green curry has got it all. It combines crispy tofu, hearty veggies, and creamy coconut sauce into a warm bowl of comforting goodness. The first step of this recipe is to cut the tofu into cubes and toast them in a little bit of oil. Use […]

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March 6, 2020

Best Hikes Near Palm Springs

You’d be forgiven for believing California’s Palm Springs is only about second homes, swimming pools and midcentury modern architecture. After all, the Coachella Valley’s unofficial capital has houses enough for double its number of actual residents, and 90 percent of those homes feature some kind of pool. But there is so much more to do […]

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February 29, 2020

My Experience on NOLS’ First-Ever Leaders of Color Backpacking Trip

Four women pose with heavy packs beneath a bright-blue sky

n day four of a recent New Mexico backpacking trip, my hiking boots heavy and wet, I paused to catch my breath on the banks of the Gila River and realized I was seeing something I’d never witnessed before: Nine people of color, carrying more than 400 pounds on their backs, crossing a river dozens […]

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February 26, 2020

How to Find Less Crowded Trails

Two hikers taking a break on a trail in the mountains

Searching for a peaceful wilderness experience only to end up feeling like you’re at an amusement park is a serious buzzkill. With hiking rising in popularity around many high-density metropolitan areas and in national parks, popular and easily accessible trails are getting overrun. If you’re looking to escape the hordes but aren’t sure how to […]

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February 26, 2020

How to Find Less Crowded Trails

Two hikers taking a break on a trail in the mountains

During these challenging times of spending long hours in our homes and keeping our distance from others, hiking can offer a welcome respite of fresh air, exercise and a chance to clear our minds. Even cities taking the most strict measures for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic acknowledge the benefits of getting outdoors: “Spending […]

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