February 26, 2020

How to Find Less Crowded Trails

Two hikers taking a break on a trail in the mountains

Searching for a peaceful wilderness experience only to end up feeling like you’re at an amusement park is a serious buzzkill. With hiking rising in popularity around many high-density metropolitan areas and in national parks, popular and easily accessible trails are getting overrun. If you’re looking to escape the hordes but aren’t sure how to […]

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February 25, 2020

Best Hikes in Italy

The sun sets behind rocky spires with two lakes in the foreground.

Hiking in Italy is a breath of fresh air. Literally. From the crisp, high alpine winds to the warm Tuscan coastal breezes, a trip to the boot can leave you refreshed, relaxed and content like few other destinations. If you’re heading to the northern end of the country, be prepared for mountainous terrain and variable […]

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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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