Recreational Equipment, Inc., commonly known as REI, is an American retail and outdoor recreation services corporation. It is organized as a consumers' co-operative. REI sells sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment, and clothing. It also offers services such as outdoor-oriented vacations and courses.

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  • When you show up to a new place with your mountain bike in tow, it can be hard to figure out where to start pedaling. Between Strava and the MTB Project, Instagram and Facebook, and all the bike parks out there, the options are plentiful and, when you want to do it all, making a […] The post Going Somewhere? Put These 5 Mountain Bike Trails On Your List appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Michael Finkel on writing about the last true hermit and his other adventurous stories.  Michael Finkel is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. The story chronicles a highly intelligent man that lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 […] The post Wild Ideas Worth Living: Michael Finkel appeared first on REI Co-o...

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  • You’ve logged the miles. Done the training. Now it’s race day. One big question remains: What should you eat before you run? Chances are, you should eat whatever you usually eat—now is not the time to introduce something new. For some insight, we called up a handful of elite trail runners to see what they […] The post What Runners Eat Before They Run appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • At nearly 2,​190 miles long, the Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through 14 states, eight national forests, six national park units, and countless state parks, forests and game lands, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Thru-hiking this national scenic trail is a dream for many. And if it’s a dream for you, you know the importance […] The post How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Appalachi...

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  • This week, Garmin announced the launch of Fenix 5 Plus, a new series of three premium multisport GPS watches—the Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5S Plus and Fenix 5X Plus. It’s the first (and eagerly awaited!) upgrade to the Fenix line in more than a year. Designed for outdoor adventurers and athletes of all kinds, these […] The post New Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Introduces Music, Topo Maps and Contactless Payment...

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  • Atlanta is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation—behind only Dallas and Houston—and as its population continues to grow, so does the demand for development. However, the Southeast region of the United States is also known for its world-class climbing, and as the demand for development increases, so does the threat to […] The post Southeastern Climbers Coalition Keeps Climbers Climb...

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  • How do you begin mountain biking without breaking your face? Our two newbies are back for more first-time fun, this time on mountain bikes. You have to see this. Learn more mountain biking skills! Mountain Biking for Beginners Basic Mountain Biking Techniques The post Trailheads: Mountain Biking appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Getting out for your first backpacking adventure can feel daunting, but it is easier than it looks. Learn about the Ten Essentials, Leave No Trace, and other backpacking basics with Anna and Colin. Learn more backpacking and camping skills! Beginner's Guide To Backpacking Backpacking Checklist How To Choose Hiking Boots The post Trailheads: Backpacking appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Portola, California, is a former railroad town in a northeastern pocket of the state called the Lost Sierra. A 50-minute drive north of Reno, this area is rich with natural beauty: Beckwourth Peak lies just south of town, the Middle Fork Feather River—a national wild and scenic river—flows alongside the town flanked by a bike […] The post Revival in the Lost Sierra appeared first on REI Co-op Jou...

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  • It’s an unseasonably cold summer morning in Boulder, Colorado. Heidi Wirtz and I had planned to meet a few hours earlier at 5am to log a full day of cragging on the smooth granite at Castle Rock in Boulder Canyon—2,000 feet in total—but it was pouring rain. Though now it’s cloudy, the rock is still […] The post How Professional Climber Heidi Wirtz is Sharing Her Love of Travel and Adventure appea...

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  • Rebecca Rusch on how to take risks and carve your own trail.   Rebecca has been called a modern day wonder woman and the queen of pain for her ability to not only withstand harsh conditions in endurance racing, but for her well-versed career. She has been a pro athlete for over three decades and […] The post Wild Ideas Worth Living: Rebecca Rusch appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • What happens when people start dreaming around an old industrial site? Apparently, one of the biggest bike parks in the country. Big Marsh is a steel mill turned bike park in the Southeast Side of Chicago. Located on 278 acres of open space, it is helping to contribute to the creation of an outdoor recreation […] The post Rewilding Chicago: Bringing the Outdoors Into the City appeared first on RE...

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  • My first slot canyon running experience was life changing—the intricate twists and turns of Utah’s Buckskin Gulch, one of the longest slot canyons in the world, left me smiling for miles. I fell in love with running in the mysterious places beneath the obvious line of sight. I even went on to write a book […] The post Yes, You Can Run Underground appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • "What if we reimagined how people connect to the outdoors in cities, and how the outdoors connects to cities?" challenges Kristen Ragain, philanthropy and community partnership manager for REI. Over the course of the past several years, this question has inspired a new line of community investment and partnering by REI—what we call our Rewilding […] The post Rewilding Our Cities appeared first on...

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  • Sure, the cone was pyroclastic—a technical term meaning “sometimes spews lava”—but it seemed to be done erupting. So Rosaly Lopes and her advisor proceeded with their fieldwork on Sicily’s temperamental Mount Etna. It was 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Lopes, a graduate student in planetary geology at University College, University of London, and her thesis advisor, Dr. John […] The post Meet Force o...

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  • On May 20, Malene Blikken Haukøy, a 26-year-old ultrarunner and member of the Norwegian National Ski Mountaineering Team, and Lars Erik Skjervheim, a 37-year-old Norwegian ultrarunner and ski-mountaineering racer, broke seemingly unheard-of world records. At Myrkdalen, the largest ski area in western Norway, Haukøy skied 50,656 vertical feet, setting a new women’s record for the […] The post The ...

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  • Your standard firefly serves as  a wonderful hallmark of summer in the South, but Western North Carolina and East Tennessee have a corner on two species of fireflies that are downright miraculous. Deep inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), there’s a species of firefly that synchronizes blinking: All the fireflies flash several times together […] The post Rare Fireflies Mesmerize Tho...

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  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chose this National Trails Day, June 2, to designate 19 new national recreation trails. These newly designated trails, but not newly built trails, are in 17 different states and add more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system, which spans over 1,000 miles in each of the 50 states. […] The post 19 National Recreation Trails Designated in 17 States app...

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  • “My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia, grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of the Hood River Valley. As a child, she playing sports but never knew about outdoor recreation, despite being surrounded by Mt Hood and hundreds of miles of trails. Her first experience was going to Multnomah Falls, a roadside stop outside Portland. “I didn’t know wh...

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  • It’s no secret that recovery matters. Whether you’re an ice-bath fanatic, a compression-sock connoisseur or an old-school stretcher, we all follow some sort of post-run protocol. The real gains occur in the aftermath, after all, when our bodies are broken down and begging for restoration. For most runners, the scripts we follow don’t vary much […] The post Post-Run Recovery Tips from Around the W...

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  • “My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia, grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of the Hood River Valley. As a child, she playing sports but never knew about outdoor recreation, despite being surrounded by Mt Hood and hundreds of miles of trails. Her first experience was […] The post REI Presents: I Am Here appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • Statements like “The outdoors is for everyone” and “outdoors for all” have become increasingly common in the outdoor and conservation community as we—enthusiasts, conservationists and community leaders—work to make the outdoors more equitable, inclusive and diverse. They are simple statements with good intention. But we need to recognize the work required to achieve the desired […] The post Estam...

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  • This week, Vail Resorts announced they’ll be adding four more ski areas to the company roster: Colorado’s Crested Butte, Washington’s Stevens Pass, Vermont’s Okemo and New Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee will become Vail-owned properties by winter 2018-2019. Once these sales are completed, Vail Resorts will own 17 ski resorts in North America, making it the most […] The post What Vail’s New Acquisition...

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  • By the time summer sun gave way to fall rains in Oregon, it was clear the state had experienced one of its worst-ever years for wildfires. According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, wildfires charred more than 665,000 acres in 2017—nearly equaling the size of the state of Rhode Island—all at a cost of $454 […] The post Starting Anew: Eagle Creek Fire Raises Questions About Future of Fore...

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  • Editor's note: the following story was submitted by REI CEO and President Jerry Stritzke in support of the 5,000 Miles of Wild initiative. Read more about how you can help protect 5,000 miles of river on the Co-op Journal. --- When I think of a river, I think of the sound of moving water. For […] The post The Sound of Moving Water appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

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  • When the first sticky-rubber climbing shoe hit the market back in the '80s, climbing shoe shopping was simple—you chose one that stuck. Decades later, your shoes still make the difference between sending and slipping, but a wide variety of lasts, uppers, rubbers and closure systems makes finding the right climbing shoe a bit more complicated. […] The post The Best Climbing Shoes of 2018 appeared ...

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  • You might have already seen reports that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have tripled in the last 13 years, according to federal health officials. Yikes. But before you head straight into worry, read on for more information and ways to keep yourself safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not […] The post New Report Says Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases Are on...

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  • Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell do the unthinkable—again. This morning they climbed the famed Nose on Yosemite's El Capitan in a record-setting time. The Nose is an incredible 2,900 feet tall, rated to 5.14a (really hard), and takes the average good climber three to five days to finish. They did it in just 2 hours, […] The post Honnold and Caldwell Crush the Nose Record appeared first on REI Co-o...

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