Outdoor Adventures

July 1, 2020

18: Life Through a Sieve

Going through a traumatic experience is kind of like putting your life through …
June 22, 2020

Tested: The Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

backpacking tents

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path. Take the long way home with the year’s best backpacking tents. These eight dependable shelters prove that you don’t need to sacrifice quality in order to create the perfect backcountry living space. Our 15 member-testers spent last summer and fall evaluating […]

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June 7, 2020

Uncommon Challenge: Shifting Gears

bike commuting

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  y bike tottered. My screaming quads and rasping lungs made their opinion very clear: No gear was low enough for this hill. I was biking through SeaTac, Washington, on my way from Seattle to REI Headquarters in Kent, where I’d started working […]

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June 7, 2020

In Praise of Taking the Long Way

Hikers on a trail

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  When I lived in Los Angeles, I developed the habit of exploring the city by following a simple rule: Never get from start to finish the same way. There was beauty in covering 10 as-the-crow-flies miles in a meandering walk that often […]

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June 7, 2020

This Land Is MILCK’s Land

Singer-songwriter Connie Lim

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Singer-songwriter Connie Lim, who performs as MILCK, became a leader of the Women’s March movement when her song “Quiet” became the inaugural uprising’s anthem in 2017 and garnered 14 million views in just two days. The song gave a voice to women […]

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June 7, 2020

Photo Essay: Greetings from America

White Sands National Park

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Using memories from her childhood summer road trips as a narrative spine, photographer Jennifer Emerling creates her own contemporary “postcards.” For this ongoing project, she looks to capture shared instances of joy, traveling to places where tourists from around the world converge. […]

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June 1, 2020

17: What We Know

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, there has been a lot …
May 15, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Road Biking

road biking

Editor’s note: Most REI stores are temporarily closed. Read the new letter from our CEO explaining our COVID-19 response, including new services and store reopenings. For more information, review our FAQs. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow local guidelines regarding travel, and check access to outdoor spaces […]

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May 13, 2020

Baby’s First Thru-Hike

The Muldoons in front of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the culmination of their Camino Francés hike.

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Ever since they met while studying abroad, REI members Pablo and Rachel Muldoon talked about trekking the Camino de Santiago, a network of trails established by religious pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Of the many routes—all leading to the saint’s purported tomb […]

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