4 New Outdoor Books We’re Loving Right Now
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by Phuong Le
2d ago
Spring is the season of daffodils and bird migration—and marks the arrival of new books, where David Henkes, the buyer for books, maps and government passes, faces the (fun) challenge of choosing from many titles for limited shelf space at REI. Henkes curates selections tailored to each store’s unique clientele, drawing on his experience as a former independent bookseller.  Different physical stores offer different selections. It’s Henkes’ job to place the right mix of books in the right stores. A new guidebook to Olympic National Park, for instance, will be sold at stores in the Pacific ..read more
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Gear I Hold Dear: My Secondhand Teva Sandals from Re/Supply
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by Ever Meister
3w ago
The rage one human can feel toward 1.5 pounds of dual-density polyurethane and rubber compound, it turns out, can be all-consuming. When I so much as glance at my old hiking sandals, all I feel is contempt, vitriol and an increased heart rate. It’s embarrassing, really, the effect this footwear has on me.  But when I glance at my new hiking sandals—technically, a secondhand pair I almost didn’t buy—I feel eagerness and joy. Before them, I thought hiking sandals weren’t for me; that I wasn’t hard-core or skilled enough to sport them; that I somehow lacked the grit and intelligence to figu ..read more
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Novelist Amy Tan’s Backyard Birdwatching Journey
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by Ever Meister
1M ago
You probably know Amy Tan from her novels The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter or from her memoir, story collections and children’s books. But the National Humanities Medal winner is also a passionate animal lover. And as with her writing, Tan never does things halfway.  When Tan decided she loved Yorkshire terriers, she soon became co-owner of a Yorkie that won at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She also has crusaded against puppy mill owners. “Animals are a big thing,” Tan says.  So in 2016, when Tan began to pay attention to birds, her curiosity soon grew into wh ..read more
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The Best Parts of an Uphill Hike, Ranked
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by Ever Meister
1M ago
1. Agreeing to the hike The absolute peak moment of an outdoor adventure is when your friend sends a stunning Instagram post of a breathtaking view from the top of a moderate-to-hard trail, and you reply, “OMG, so beautiful––we should go!” while you’re blissfully horizontal on the couch.  2. Getting in the car after the hike  Folks, fasten your seat belts––we’ve now reached cruising altitude. You haven’t fantasized this much about getting in your own car since you were clutching your learner’s permit. Everything about this moment is a win: the significant barrier between you and the ..read more
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Dear REI: Letters from Co-op Members
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by Ever Meister
2M ago
Co-op members know that REI is a different kind of company: Not only can you can find top-quality gear and a wide range of expertise to aid your outdoor adventures, but a visit to REI can also start lifelong family camping traditions, help you hike to more breathtaking destinations and maybe, if you’re as lucky as some members, introduce you to that special person. (Don’t worry: Expert store staff can help you buy a tent for two when the time’s right.) Over the years, REI members and customers have sent in heartfelt handwritten notes (and emails, too) sharing how the co-op and wider REI commu ..read more
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Microadventuring with Alastair Humphreys
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by Jenny Barber
2M ago
Transcript Alastair Humphreys is an author and adventurer who has walked 600 miles across Southern India, ran an ultra marathon through the Sahara Desert, and hiked and rafted across Iceland. Alastair’s newest wild idea is to embrace the concept of “microadventures,” an adventure that is short, easily accessible, and affordable while still being fun, challenging, refreshing, and rewarding.  Connect with Alastair:  Website Instagram Order Alastair’s new book, Local: A Search for Nearby Nature and Wildness Thank you to our sponsors:  Capital One: Check out the REI C ..read more
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Outdoor Brands Are Dropping Gender Labels
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by Cassie da Costa
3M ago
Dedicated runner J Solle likes to be expressive with their clothing, whether in daily fashion or when running the streets and parks of New York City. Yet, until recently, the 29-year-old program manager struggled to find technical apparel that fit the bill. As a nonbinary athlete, Solle had two options for running clothes: men’s or women’s. The choices left them feeling “trapped in a box that didn’t feel right.” About a year ago, however, they learned of an athletic brand that’s removed gender labeling from its line. Today, you’ll often find Solle sporting a crop top from ..read more
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Best Hikes to See the 2024 Solar Eclipse
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by Michelle Flandreau
4M ago
A total solar eclipse will blanket a wide swath of the U.S. on Monday, April 8, 2024. Lasting up to four-and-a-half minutes, it will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 2017. When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth for those few brief moments, completely blocking the sun, it will send chills up the spines of millions who live in or are visiting the path of totality—a swath of the U.S. that extends from Texas to Maine, where you can best see the total eclipse. If you want to join in on the viewing, you’ll want to act fast: Public campgroun ..read more
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How to Hike the Camino de Santiago
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by Beckindale
4M ago
The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is an epic Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where St. James the Greater’s remains are thought to be located. The hike isn’t only for the pious, however. While there are many religiously significant stops along the way, a wide array of international trekkers enjoy the pilgrimage route every year.  The Camino is actually a network of trails, and its most popular route, the Camino Francés, spans from the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the base of the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in northweste ..read more
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What Our Members Are Gifting This Season
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by Sarah Grothjan
7M ago
With the giving season near, it’s time to make gear lists of a different sort—the kind that include gifts for the adventurous loved ones in your life. We’re here to help with the hard part of choosing that perfect present. In this story, we asked 12 REI Co-op Members (who are also REI partners) to share their favorite outdoorsy gifts for the bikers, hikers, campers and runners in their lives. Their suggestions run the gamut, from water-resistant blankets to velvety-soft joggers. Read on for some gifting inspo.  Skip Ahead: Gift ideas for hikers Gift ideas for campers Gift ideas for runn ..read more
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