Getting Outside During a Time of Social Distancing

by Mindy Sink As the concept of social distancing becomes a new temporary normal, there is an embracing of the simplicity of getting out in nature. It’s true—and was before the spread of the COVID-19 virus—that time spent walking or hiking outdoors can have many health...

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Choose to #OptOutside this year

REI kicked off OptOutside and clean up efforts a few years ago and this year we are once again locking arms with folks across the outdoor industry and shuttering our online shopping cart encourage everyone to get outside. There is much to be thankful for the season....

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Confessions From A First-Time Paddler

At the risk of overgeneralizing, it seems as if avid outdoorspeople love every outdoor activity. Sure, we have favorites (mine is trail running), but chances are high that we will attempt and even enjoy other sports (I also like to backpack, swim, climb, cycle). That's why...

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National Summit Day

The Proper Way to Celebrate National Summit Day

Backpacker Magazine's National Summit Day is August 3rd, and we are pumped! An official reason to go outside and play and climb the highest point nearby? Sign us up! What is National Summit Day exactly, you ask? Backpacker Magazine says, "National Summit Day is a...

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The Best Day Hikes on the PCT in Oregon

Let's be real here—very few of us are able to take half a year off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Which is when day hikes come in handy! They're great because you can choose any distance based on the amount of time you have...

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What to Do if Snow is Ruining Your Summer Plans

The snow is stubborn this year—it's caused race cancellations (Hardrock 100), caused lots of PCT thru-hikers to choose to hike SOBO, and kept many trails closed. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing! More snow means less wildfire threat, less drought threat, and more time for...

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Do I Summit That Mountain? Tips on Weather

Once summer comes, we get the itch to summit mountains. All the mountains. We make a checklist of 14ers (and 13ers, and basically anything with a summit) at the beginning of the season, then methodically check them off as the weeks progress. Unfortunately, peak-bagging season...

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