June 25, 2019

“It’s Flat” and Other Nonsense We’ve Told Newbies

Two people sit on the ground, a huge snowy mountain is behind them.

“It’s the desert,” I told my partner a few weeks ago, exasperated. “It’s totally flat.” Their eyes rolled back in their head so far I almost didn’t think they’d come back again. “I’ve heard that before,” they sighed. I wanted to protest, but thinking back, I could see that they were right. I’ve both cycled […]

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June 24, 2019

U.S. Mountain Bike Organization Gets More Kids On Bikes—But Aims for More Equity, Diversity

Demonte Cosby rides his mountani bike on a trail through a dense green forest

At first, Demonte Cosby did not like mountain biking. It was 2015. Cosby was 13 years old and living in a public housing unit in Richmond, Virginia. He was used to traditional team sports. He’d tried swimming, basketball, soccer, football and baseball, but he said he never felt entirely engaged with the activities or the […]

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June 24, 2019

Top New Trail Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer

At last week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver—where new gear debuts to the outdoor industry—we noticed a consistent trend among hiking and running gear built for trails. Everything transitions well off the trail, too. Call it hybrid gear: This latest crop of new goods, from hiking boots to backpacks, is anything but one-dimensional. Here are […]

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June 21, 2019

Best Hikes in the White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains, locally known as the Whites, have long been one of the region’s most iconic hiking destinations. Home to White Mountain National Forest, the Presidential Range (locally known as the Prezi’s), an extensive hut system and a quintessentially New England spirit, it’s no wonder these peaks are beloved by locals and visitors […]

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June 20, 2019

Asheville’s Best Mountain Biking Isn’t Where You Might Think

A cyclist makes their way through thick, green brush on a mountain bike with a blue sky in the background

Asheville’s best flow trail is hidden under three feet of tall grass and briars. That’s what I decide as I ride Alexander Mountain Bike Park, pedaling through patches of thick brush that lead to a few hundred yards of butter-smooth trail before succumbing to more grass and thorns. It’s frustrating, slow-paced riding because of the […]

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June 19, 2019

REI Presents: Do Better Together

Do Better

Ayesha McGowan is a young black woman from New Jersey who is determined to become the first female African-American pro road cyclist. She won her first state championship in her third race and quickly noticed that she was one of the very few females of African-American descent on the scene. In fact, she discovered that […]

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June 14, 2019

The Racers of the Longest Off-Road Cycling Race in the World

On the second Friday in June, cyclists from around the world will gather at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, for the 12th annual Grand Départ of the Tour Divide. Considered one of the original and most important races in ultra-endurance bikepacking, the Tour Divide is a competition for the […]

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June 11, 2019

What Is a Hammock Underquilt and How Do You Use One?

Hammock underquilts are the best way to stay warm during cold campouts.

If you’ve grown to love hanging out in your hammock, perhaps you’ve contemplated sleeping overnight in your outdoor cocoon. Two obvious needs for overnight comfort are bug netting and a rain tarp, which you can buy separately or may come included as parts of a hammock tent system. One often overlooked issue, though, is how […]

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June 11, 2019

How to Travel Through the Desert Like a Pro

Tarp tent set up in the desert, short rocky mountains behind.

The desert creates a sense of awe with its gravity-defying rock formations, ancient cultural artifacts and endless expanse of life living on the edge. However, the desert can also be an unforgiving place. Many uninitiated visitors find themselves in a hostile environment caked in dust and dirt, and filled with challenge. I sat down with […]

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