February 5, 2019

Recharging His Battery

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Ever since Walton Brush can remember, he’s been on a bike. After cutting his teeth on mountain bike trails in New Hampshire with his dad and sister, he eventually picked up road biking after moving to Portland, Oregon, for middle school in […]

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January 31, 2019

A Race Through the Polar Vortex

Ultramarathoners brave the Arrowhead 135 Race

Early on Monday, Jan. 28, temperatures dipped to minus 10 in International Falls, Minnesota. Don Gabrielson, a 52-year-old rear admiral Navy officer who lives in Seattle, prepared for the worst by wrapping duct tape around his balaclava to seal out the bitter cold as he prepared to cycle for 135 miles through the Northern Minnesota […]

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January 30, 2019

Why Has No One Completed a Winter Thru-Hike of the CDT?

Lone thru hiker walks through snow with bright blue sky in the background.

Postholing through feet of snow in cold rain, wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour winds, cold snaps that would eventually lead to frostbite—and that was just a few weeks of Justin “Trauma” Lichter’s winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2015. In other words, a winter thru-hike can simply be considered […]

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January 30, 2019

How Anita Naidu Connects Mountain Biking to Social Change

When Anita Naidu discovered gravity sports at the age of 8, everything changed. Her whole life she’d been abiding by the rules of a traditional Eastern Indian culture—rules she says were not supportive of women who wanted to chase the unorthodox. One memory stands out from her childhood. Sitting in the backseat of the car […]

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January 23, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: Crisis in our National Parks

A view of the "High Road" trail in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA, CA. National Park Service, NPS. 2000, CA

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. On average in January, nearly half a million people visit our national parks every day. This year, as a result of the federal government shutdown, now the longest in our nation’s history, park-goers have been greeted not just by nature’s majesty, but by mounting […]

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January 22, 2019

10 Best Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

Whether you’re looking for an excursion along coastal bluffs or hoping to head to the hills, the Bay Area has a trail for you. With hundreds of hiking opportunities within striking distance of San Francisco, tourists and locals alike will love the variety of trails to choose from. Offering a unique variety of terrain, the […]

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January 22, 2019

Electric Bikes Are Having a Moment. Here’s Why.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pedaling fast on a bicycle—legs burning, sweat dripping, wind nipping against your skin—when suddenly, a voice shouts from behind: “On your left!” And a fellow cyclist cruises past with hardly any visible effort, leaving you in the dust, perplexed, until you realize the “ah-ha” detail—they were riding an […]

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January 18, 2019

REI Presents: Constant Thought

hiking pct

When the traditional methods of coping with trauma don’t work, what options do you have left? Brandon Kuehn, an Iraq War veteran, believes the best way to face a range of trauma is to reach for literal, physical summits—and he isn’t alone. Outdoor therapy is a growing field that is proving to help people like […]

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January 17, 2019

The Gear REI Members Love

REI Co-op members using gear in the field.

We love our members here at the co-op. They’re an outdoorsy, savvy bunch with skills and opinions (lots and lots of opinions, judging by the number of product reviews on REI.com). When they make their gear preferences known, we take notice. These 10 pieces of gear are among our members’ favorites so far this year; […]

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