For millennia, tens of millions of bison, also called buffalo, roamed the North American continent, critical to the Great Plains ecosystem and to the cultural and spiritual lives of Native Americans. But not long after white settlers arrived, bison hunters overexploited the bison population for meat, hides and other products. By the end of the […]
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Imagine that you’re hiking your favorite trail. What color is the sky above you? How does the dirt feel beneath your boots? What do you smell? What do you hear? Chances are, even thinking about that scene makes you feel more relaxed. Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, boost happiness and spark […]
When I was 22, anything was possible. I was just learning who I was. I liked work that made my body strong. I liked sharing intimate moments that let me believe we’d be friends forever. I liked having my own space. I liked sleeping outdoors. I definitely liked my new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 tent. […]
Whenever I need a break from everyday life, nature never fails me. The deeper into the forest I go, the more peaceful I feel. My worries fall off of me like a heavy coat, and I can focus my attention on the present moment. I notice the smell of fresh pine and cedar, the crunch […]
When lifelong cyclist Gloria Hwang heard that her friend had died in a head-first bicycle accident in New York City, she wanted to know one thing: Was he wearing a helmet? But as Hwang grappled with the loss of life, she already knew the answer. Her friend had skipped his helmet probably for the same […]
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As it turns out, bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to backpacks. A bigger load can result in a heavier one that leaves you aching after just a few steps. So when Fjällräven founder Åke Nordin decided to design a bookbag for schoolchildren, he made something so small and unassuming that it hardly looked […]
Autumn means cool weather, beautiful colors and a good chance to catch a quiet moment out in the mountains. A gravel bike can quickly get you to that small stand of aspens or that quiet brook far from the road and trailhead. But as great as solitude away from the crowd is, flat tires, changing weather […]
Since launching in 2017, Co-op Cycles bikes have been designed not just for our community but with them—a process REI calls cooperative design. This fall, with that same approach in mind, Co-op Cycles debuts its first-ever e-bikes with the new CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 models. In developing the new line of e-bikes, the co-op […]
In 1992, I became plus-or-minus the 30th person to thru-hike the Colorado Trail. Though today the 485-mile trail is signed, marked, mapped and waypointed well enough that a hiker or mountain biker can travel all the way from Denver to Durango with minimal fear of experiencing orientational discombobulation, it wasn’t so three decades ago. The […]