REI Co-op Journal
Staying fresh and clean on the road without getting a hotel room can be tricky. But if you build your own car-top ‘solar’ camp shower, you can stay squeaky clean wherever you roam. This DIY is a bit challenging, but with the right tools and materials, you’ll be ready to …
DIY: How to Make an Alcohol Stove from Soda Cans
Alcohol stoves have long been a favorite of ultralight backpackers. They’re cheap to make, easy to operate and weigh less than 2 ounces. This step-by-step guide explains how to make a penny style alcohol stove.
7 Backpacking Tips and Hacks
Though the concept of backpacking is simple (walk a ways, set up a tent, eat, sleep, repeat), there are a myriad of little things that can take your trip from good to great. Though there’s no replacement for simply getting out there to discover what works best for you, this …
In Search of the Perfect Sports Bra
I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with one sports bra. Yes, one. For six months. Am I crazy? Probably. But that’s beside the point, which is that I searched for the perfect bra for months, and when I found it, it was all I needed.
A Different Kind of Car Camping: 11 Tips For Sleeping in Your Car
Not everyone can live the #VanLife, but almost anyone can sleep in a car. Whether you’re on an epic road trip or want the earliest start possible from the trailhead, your nights should still be comfortable. These tips and hacks will make your car so cozy, you might find yourself …
How Latino Outdoors is Removing Barriers and Connecting Communities
Latino Outdoors, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit that seeks to connect Latinx communities with the outdoors, was one of 26 REI grant recipients. REI has been a proud sponsor of Latino Outdoors since 2015. The $25,000 grant will help support their nationwide initiative, Estamos Aquí, which works to introduce more girls and …
Sun and Singletrack: Test Riding the Salsa Timberjack NX1 27.5+ Bike
Riders put the Salsa Timberjack NX1 27.5+ hardtail through its singletrack paces in the mountain-biking destination of Ephrata, WA.
Your Guide to Winter Trail Etiquette
A guide on how to play nice with others in the snow, whether you're skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking.
Melise Edwards on Bouldering, Brain Science and Giving Back
Athlete Melise Edwards achieves more than most humans in a typical 24-hour day. In addition to being a sponsored rock climber, she’s a dedicated neuroscience researcher who is hard at work demystifying the complexities of the human brain.
Hikers, Climbers, Mountain Bikers Reconsider Plans Amid COVID-19
Land managers and nonprofit organizations provide updated recommendations for recreationists planning thru-hikes and backcountry adventures amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
El Capitan in 40 Billion Pixels
How one of the world’s largest photos is changing the way we climb Yosemite’s iconic big wall.
These Tricks and Tools Could Make You a Stronger Runner
A rundown of some techniques—some mainstream, some quirky—about how to be a better runner. With expert advice from Author Alex Hutchinson.
What I Listen To While I Run
Five runners—with very different backgrounds, weigh in on their listening-while-running preferences. What's yours?
Families Who Go The Distance On Trails
Research shows the natural world is good for kids. It can lead to improved mental health when they’re older, boost happiness and build confidence and reduce stress and support creativity, according to research. Some families get outside via a stroll through the woods or a few summer camping trips—which, to …
Families Who Go The Distance On Trails
Meet four families that send it pretty hard on the running and trail hiking scene
Navigating a Caribbean Island on Bikes
We were halfway through our weeklong bike tour of western Cuba’s tobacco country when we stopped at Julio’s fruit stand on our way to the town of Viñales, lured by the prospect of fresh coconut water. We parked our bikes on the side of the road, and Julio led us …
Lonnie Dupre Begins Solo Winter Attempt on Denali
Lonnie Dupre loves cold weather. Seriously cold weather. Last week, Lonnie flew from Talkeetna, Alaska, to the Kahiltna glacier on the flanks of Denali (Mount McKinley) where he embarked on a journey that could make him the first solo climber to reach the summit in January.
Putting the Colorado Trail on the Map
Jerry Brown was a 39-year-old Coloradan living in Texas when he read a newspaper article in 1989 about a multi-use trail that traversed 486 miles across his home state, from Denver to Durango. The Colorado Trail (CT) had just been dedicated with ceremonies at its northern and southern terminuses and …
Gear Review: Black Diamond ATC Pilot Assisted Braking Belay Device
A lightweight assisted braking belay device for single-pitch climbs at the gym and outdoors. If you’ve ever belayed a climber who is...
How Much Should Your Pack Weigh?
We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh?
Carving a New Path
Three winters ago, as Elizabeth Alvarado stood atop a bunny hill at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and strapped into a snowboard for the first time, she felt hopelessly lost. Part of it was her surroundings. But mostly it was emotional disorientation. At 15, Alvarado had no idea what the future …
Top Trails and Ales in Colorado
Colorado is a beer lover’s mecca. The state boasts 284 craft breweries, or 7.3 breweries per 100,000 residents of legal drinking age, ranking third in the U.S. And its seemingly infinite backcountry is overflowing with numerous trails that begin just around the bend or down a dusty road from many …
A Life in Miles: A Story of Inspiration on Two Wheels
In the summer of 1984, Steve Gluckman lay in a hospital bed recovering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 20 years old and had no idea...
Experience Winter - Cross-Country Skiing in the Methow Valley
It’s been a mild winter in the Northwest. Downhill ski areas are only partially open, flowers are blooming and Seattle is on pace for one of the warmest winters on...