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Archive for 'November 2011'

    Live from Rural Nepal: Giving Thanks in the Middle Himalaya

    fileTo experience life amid remote settings, on the paths of ancient cultures and inside the homes of strangers, to venture far outside one's comfort zone – this will change a person. At the very least it will certainly give you something to write home about. An REI colleague of mine, Jessica, just sent us this dispatch from rural Nepal, where she is currently taking REI Adventures' Nepal's Royal Trek. Read her story below: "'Wait, where are you going?' This was most often the response I got when ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on November 30, 2011 4:40 PM & Tagged Middle Himalaya, REI Adventures, Travel, nepal and trekking | permalink | Comments

    The Beauty of Books (and Calendars): Great Reads for Outdoor-Minded People

    fileDear fans of the printed word: If, like me, you pitch your tent in the philosophical camp where physical books are still considered cherished objects and viewed as a valid art form, here is a sampling of noteworthy outdoor titles, new or recent releases, for your consideration as the calendar guides us into the gleaming corridor of gift-gifting season… My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir (100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition). A recipient of a 2011 National Outdoor Book Award, this ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 29, 2011 12:08 PM & Tagged books, calendars and gifts | permalink | Comments

    Thankful for a Tradition of Family "Outdoorsiness"

    fileOn my desk sits a large, framed, black-and-white photo that always inspires me. It's clearly from a bygone era. In fact, I know exactly who the sprawling group under the sequoias is and when it was taken, thanks to the carefully hand-printed inscription in the corner: Sierra Club, Yosemite, July 10, 1921. Right smack in the middle are 2 smiling faces: my maternal grandmother and grandfather, in their courting days. I see in their smiles, especially in my grandmother's, a clear enjoyment of the ...

    Posted by Ann B on November 28, 2011 3:12 PM & Tagged Guatemala, John Muir, Sierra Club, Thanksgiving, Tikal, camping, grandmother and national parks | permalink | Comments

    This Just In (at REI): DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator

    fileIs it a communication device that offers peace of mind to backcountry visitors, or is it a wilderness-tainting tool created by The Dark Side? Most off-the-grid explorers, I'm guessing, will take the cheerier view and welcome the arrival of the DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator, just now reaching many REI stores and A big attention-getter when it was previewed at the summer Outdoor Retailer trade show in August, the inReach device is noteworthy because: • It is the first satellite ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 25, 2011 5:57 PM & Tagged DeLorme, Spot and inReach | permalink | Comments

    Know Your Cwm from Your Astrobleme: 10 Weird Outdoor Words

    fileHave you ever smelled petrichor? Or felt mizzle? As an aficionado of both the natural world and obscure vocabulary, I thought I'd post a list of some of the more unusual and mellifluous outdoor-related words I've encountered during my years of exploring trails and dictionaries. Have a look and feel free to weave any of these terms into conversation. It'll be a surefire way to establish impeccable nerd cred among your hiking buddies. Do you have any favorite outdoor words not included here? ...

    Posted by Craig D. on November 24, 2011 9:56 AM & Tagged outdoor, vocabulary and words | permalink | Comments

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