Dark Sun Monday along the PCT

Rainier beyond Crystal Mountain Washington's Northern Cascades abound with unforgettably picturesque sights—so many that the days can tend to merge into one another, especially when you've seen the same hulking, massive, snow-covered stratovolcano in front, to the side, and behind, looking imposing from every angle. Mount Rainier...

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A Fresh Look at the Pacific Crest Trail

For decades the Wilderness Press Pacific Crest Trail guidebooks have been helping hikers navigate the PCT, and this year we’re releasing fully updated full-color guidebooks. Not only are these books beautiful, but they are also super detailed and handy to have. They are for sale...

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3 Fun Highlights from National Park Week 2020

Last week was National Park Week 2020. It was amazing to see the outdoors community come alive and celebrate our National Park System. There was so much to do and see and say. The NPS even created virtual badges one could earn via Twitter or...

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Bikers Celebrate Trails from Home and Online

One of the highlights every spring is the ceremonial opening of all the Rail Trails across the country. This year, things are certainly a little different, aren't they? Here at Wilderness Press we hope you are safe at home and able to practice smart social...

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National Walking Day

It’s National Walking Day 2020

Today is National Walking Day (usually the first Wednesday of April) and despite everything going on in the world, we should all still get outside and take a walk. Just be really responsible and careful. Social distancing is a good idea whether you're inside or...

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Social Distance Hiking

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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