February 20, 2020

REI Presents: Venture Out

Venture Out Project participants at Mt Ida

In 2014, I quit my corporate job and decided to make a huge life change. I was tired of running on a virtual, and also very real, treadmill every day. I was tired of sitting under fluorescent lights daydreaming about a life in the mountains. I was tired of not living my life authentically, of not being true […]

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February 14, 2020

At Home on the Appalachian Trail

Miss Janet poses in front of her van in an aqua shirt

For the past eight years, Janet Hensley has lived in a van from March to November, never straying more than a few minutes from the Appalachian Trail (AT). The 56-year-old trail volunteer spends most days shuttling hikers from trailheads to hostels, doling out trail magic—small but significant acts of service—among the thru-hiking community, tallying 40,000 […]

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February 13, 2020

First Look: The 6 Coolest Winter Camping Products We Saw at Outdoor Retailer

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Stove

We’ll be the first to admit: Winter camping is a little bit masochistic. But these new pieces of gear are designed to make it a little more bearable, if not downright fun. The North Face Assault 2P Tent Waking up and crawling out of your tent to freshly fallen snow is one of the best […]

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February 12, 2020

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Overlooking a very green landscape during the daytime.

True to Texas style, Big Bend National Park is massive. The 800,000-acre park, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is larger than the state of Rhode Island by some 23,000 acres. And its size is matched by its geographic diversity, which spans from the banks of the Rio Grande across the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert to the […]

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February 12, 2020

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Overlooking a very green landscape during the daytime.

True to Texas style, Big Bend National Park is massive. The 800,000-acre park, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is larger than the state of Rhode Island by some 23,000 acres. And its size is matched by its geographic diversity, which spans from the banks of the Rio Grande across the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert to the […]

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February 11, 2020

Winter Is The Perfect Training Season for Mountain Biking

The mercury has dropped precipitously, the days are painfully short and the trails are buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. But that’s no excuse to hibernate indoors and let your bike skills wither away while pining for warmer weather and dusty trails. With spring and the mountain biking season just around the corner, winter […]

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January 31, 2020

Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley Receives Gold-Level Recognition for Mountain Biking

Two people mountain biking along a trail in Colorado.

After years of work, sweat and trail testing, Colorado finally struck gold in the mountain-biking world.  The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced the designation of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley as a Gold-Level Ride Center™ on Wednesday, making the valley only the seventh region in the world (and the fifth in the U.S.) to earn […]

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January 29, 2020

Top Hikes in France

THe rugged mountain peaks of the French Alps.

France's varied and beautiful terrain makes it hard to pick only a handful of hikes to highlight. From the sun-soaked French Riviera and the rugged French Alps to the rolling hills and meadows of the central provinces and the sheer, white-chalk cliffs of Normandy, the opportunity for exploration is practically endless. Add the country's history, […]

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January 29, 2020

Pioneering a New Way to Pay for Trail Building in Rural America

Two mountain bikers ride a trail in Athens, Ohio

Athens County in Southeastern Ohio could very well become Appalachia’s next mountain biking hub. At the heart of that potential lies the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System, a proposed 88-mile network of singletrack that will weave through 9,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest. Few public roads bisect the Baileys tract, so for trail builders, […]

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