Outdoor Adventures

January 3, 2019

New Study Reveals Why Biking Is a Healthy Form of Transportation

bike commuter on a bridge

Is there something about riding your bike that makes you feel better? Well, it turns out science may validate your experience. An article recently published in Environmental International suggests that those who use a bicycle as a form of transportation may maintain higher levels of self-perceived health than drivers, walkers and public transportation users and […]

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January 2, 2019

Why You Need to Go Glamping in 2019

A cabin in the woods with a couple standing outside

It was a dark and stormy night, but Dark 'n' Stormies weren't on our minds. Camp cocktails would come later. We nosed our car down dirt roads, our path illuminated by our headlights. Finally, after eluding us for nearly four hours, Narrowsburg, New York, was within our grasp. Our GPS wasn’t cooperating, but that was […]

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December 26, 2018

How to Hike the Camino de Santiago

Camino to the coast.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is an epic Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Although the Camino is actually a network of trails, its most popular route, the Camino Francés, spans from the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the base of the French Pyrenees to Santiago de […]

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December 26, 2018

How to Travel and Hike in Japan

Tenryu-ji garden in fall.

For many international travelers, Japan is a top destination for unique experiences—the food, nightlife, temples, shrines and gardens create a culture unlike anything else in the world. But, in addition to its cultural offerings, the island nation is also known for its natural wonders. From cherry blossom season to fall colors and winter snow sports, […]

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December 24, 2018

Stop Downgrading Yourself

I had sent my first sport climb 12b/c in Ten Sleep, Wyoming last …
December 21, 2018

Top Off-the-Radar Travel Destinations of 2019

Monument Valley, Arizona.

Next year should be your most adventurous yet. After all, it’s not every day that you get to travel to the far-flung corners of the world, so you’ll want to make your trip (or trips) spectacular. And on that note, we’ll help you find some of the top off-the-radar destinations so you can explore the […]

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December 19, 2018

Top Picks For Winter Camping in Washington

Lake Wenatchee snowshoe.

If you crave solitude and want to spend time in Washington State’s most beautiful destinations, plan a fall or winter camping trip. “Sometimes you can show up [in the winter] and have a whole park almost completely to yourself,” says Meryl Lipman, communication specialist for Washington State Parks. “It’s like a backcountry experience in the […]

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December 19, 2018

After the Blaze, A Trail’s New Beginnings

Editor’s note: Trails are just one part of a community that must be cared for after a wildfire. This article focuses on the efforts communities in California have taken to rebuild trails following the Valley and Thomas fires in 2015 and 2017. REI is also contributing to efforts to help support the lives of those […]

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December 19, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Vietnam

Sunset salt harvest.

Jagged limestone karsts (natural towers created by erosion), small villages with tiered rice paddies, more than 2,000 miles of coastline, nearby pristine islands, and cultural sites that date back more than 1,500 years—Vietnam has so much to offer, and with three international airports, getting there has never been easier. “I would move to Hoi An […]

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