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Archive for 'October 2011'

    Decisions, Decisions: How Do You Decide Where to Travel?

    fileLife is short, and travel opportunities should be seized whenever you can. Pick a place and go see the world. Such has been the lifelong philosophy of Teresa in our REI Adventures travel department. Judging by her tales of interesting destinations, it's been working out pretty well for her. Take a look at what motivated her choice of destinations over the years: Age 16: Reaching for a Dream I had never been on an airplane before, but I wanted to participate in a program called Amigos de las ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on October 20, 2011 1:47 PM & Tagged Ecuador, New Zealand, REI Adventures, Tasmania, Travel, indonesia and nepal | permalink | Comments

    Shopping for a GPS Receiver? New REI Video Explains the Basics

    fileHandheld GPS receivers are popular tools, but using one correctly can be tricky if you're just starting out. This new REI Expert Advice video features REI Outdoor School instructor Steve Wood, who aims to demystify the use of a GPS by explaining a receiver's 4 basic functions. Whether you're shopping for a handheld GPS receiver or are not fully grasping the one you already have, check out Steve's overview. A geocaching enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area, Steve has visited thousands of ...

    Posted by Steve T on October 20, 2011 1:46 PM & Tagged GPS, Geocaching, Hiking, REI Expert Advice, REI Outdoor School, Steve wood and video | permalink | Comments

    Does the Outdoors Positively Influence Our Health? One Cancer Patient Cites Its Benefits

    file"Whenever my health or spirit takes a dive I flee to a national park, or camp alongside a creek, or hike in a canyon. Our national parks and forests have been called 'sanctuaries for spirit.' Indeed, they are healing for me."                                                                    —Edie Littlefield Sundby Is experiencing a great landscape the best medicine? Based on the reflections of a cancer patient who has outlived a 3-months-to-live diagnosis (for inoperable liver cancer) by more ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on October 20, 2011 11:25 AM & Tagged health, national parks and wellness | permalink | Comments

    REI Gives Its Packaging a Makeover

    fileHere's some heartening news: The Novara bike I recently purchased at REI was shipped using 68% less packaging than was used previously. The shipping box is fully reusable and recyclable and eliminates all waste (no zip ties, polybags, tape, etc.). Hmm, I think I like my new bike even more now. This is just one example of a bigger effort at REI to cut out unnecessary packaging—some of it behind-the-scenes, some of it visible to you, our customers—whenever we can. Working with other eco-minded ...

    Posted by KellyH on October 18, 2011 1:11 PM & Tagged bicycle, packaging, rei and stewardship | permalink | Comments

    Walking Every Mile of Every Trail: Hiker Sees All of Glacier National Park in a Year

    fileHow's this for a walk in the park? On Saturday (Oct. 15) 34-year-old Montana resident Jake Bramante completed a self-conceived quest to hike every mile of every trail within Glacier National Park, a total of 734 miles (1,181 kilometers), in the same year. "It was definitely a great way to spend the summer," Bramante told The REI Blog on Monday. As Bramante explains in the video below (which he self-recorded during the conclusion the final leg of his journey, 2-day, 25-mile loop that started ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on October 18, 2011 11:37 AM & Tagged Hiking, glacier and national parks | permalink | Comments

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