Snowsports

April 5, 2019

Comparing the Arc’teryx Beta and Zeta Jackets

My first hike after moving to the Pacific Northwest took me on a 7-mile haul to one of the best views of Seattle, if the day is clear. Unfortunately for me, it rained the entire time, and my three-year-old rain jacket that I previously considered “good enough” just didn’t hold up. By the time I […]

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March 6, 2019

Your Definitive Guide to the Best Base Layers Money Can Buy at REI

A base layer top, water bottle, passport and map laid out in a cabin

Why do you need to buy base layers? When you get warm, your body begins to sweat. Sweat is great—it’s your body’s way of keeping you cool—but if that sweat stays trapped next to your skin for long enough, it can lead to a range of miserable and even dangerous happenings like chafing, overheating and […]

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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 3, 2019

How to Visit and Explore Patagonia

Tents sit in front of jagged spires in Patagonia.

n paper, Patagonia is simply a region. A 260,000-square-mile expanse of land that covers the southern half of both Chile and Argentina as they narrow into nothingness at the bottom of the globe. But in person, Patagonia feels like a test lab for adventure, where every possible environmental variable has been turned up to 11. […]

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December 6, 2018

For a Disease Often Triggered by Stress, Two Adventurers Find Solace in the Outdoors

Jared Muscat surfing

In August 2006, Jared Muscat, then 17, and his mom drove from San Francisco to the University of California San Diego, where Muscat was starting his freshman year of college. The day they left San Francisco, the duo woke up and hit the road early. Muscat drove. En route to San Diego, they stopped in […]

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November 28, 2018

How to Explore Grand Teton National Park

Teton alpenglow.

Few parks capture the public imagination—or represent the quintessential American West—as much as Grand Teton National Park. Home to soaring pinnacles, abundant wildlife and superlative outdoor activities, the Tetons welcome millions of visitors each year from across the globe. “There’s so much for everyone to enjoy; it’s a really special place,” says Heather Gyselman, the […]

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November 5, 2018

Is the John Muir Trail Being Loved to Death?

On May 17, 1915, California Governor Hiram Johnson signed a bill authorizing  the allocation of funds to build the John Muir Trail (JMT). At the outset, the plan was to build a 211-mile alpine pathway that would span from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt. Whitney, meandering through rugged, untamed landscapes along the […]

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October 17, 2018

2018’s Best Gaiters for Hiking, Snowshoeing & Mountaineering

People at the top of a snowy ridge in gaiters

Gaiters cover the tops of your boots to keep snow, water, dirt, sand and other debris away from your feet. If you’re headed out for a hike or run on dusty trails with loose debris, a pair of low gaiters can make for a more comfortable experience. Conversely, you should buy knee-high gaiters that are […]

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April 13, 2018

What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?

woman zipping up a base layer

It’s pretty much impossible to shop for outdoor clothing without running into the phrase “moisture wicking.” Brands are forever telling you their apparel is made of this moisture-wicking stuff, so it must be important. But what exactly do they mean? A moisture-wicking fabric has two jobs: one is quickly moving (wicking) sweat to the fabric’s […]

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