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Archive for 'November 2011'

    For This No-Entrance-Fee Weekend, Maybe the Grand Canyon is the Place to Be

    fileThe approaching Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-13, offers outdoor fans a nice opportunity to see some sights while saving a buck. No entrance fees will be charged at federal public lands (national parks, BLM land, Forest Service sites and other federal properties) during the 3-day span. For the record: Fees such as campground and tour fees will remain in effect. While some parks are beyond their peak visitation season, other sites still have plenty of appeal outside of summer. Consider, for ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on November 16, 2011 8:37 PM & Tagged Grand Canyon, REI Adventures and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Would You Consider a Volunteer Vacation? What If It Was in Machu Picchu?

    What makes a vacation unforgettable? For some, it's putting in some hard work in a spectacular setting. Towering 1,500 feet above the raging Urubamba River in Peru's Andean highlands, Machu Picchu beckons travelers from around the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and rightfully so. For nearly 400 years, this mountain citadel was abandoned and lost in the jungles of Peru. It was not rediscovered until 1911, when a Yale professor, Hiram Bingham, found the site overrun with vegetation. ...

    Posted by Liz Bee on November 16, 2011 12:53 PM & Tagged CVIP, REI Adventures, Travel, Volunteer Vacation, machu picchu and stewardship | permalink | Comments

    The Grand Black Oaks of Yosemite: A New Short Film

    fileBlack Oaks, a cinematic study of the prominent deciduous tree in conifer-dominated Yosemite National Park, is newest installment in the highly worthwhile short-film series known as Yosemite Nature Notes. Park videographer Steve Bumgardner, aka Yosemite Steve (or YS below), shared some thoughts on his latest project, No. 17 in the series, with The REI Blog: REI: What attracted you to black oaks as a topic for video?  What's your attachment to them? YS: As a recovered Midwesterner [Bumgardner is ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 15, 2011 4:06 PM & Tagged Yosemite, Yosemite Nature Notes, Yosemite Steve and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Hit the Trail with Gucci?

    fileThe next time you need to hike to a black-tie affair, you can lace up a pair of Guccis. The Italian fashion label has taken a bold step with the introduction of these handsome leather boots. I'll admit I like the green and red laces and white Vibram® soles. But I wonder if these would keep my feet dry after 4 hours of hiking in the rain. At about $800, they'd better offer a healthy dash of performance to complement all that style. Otherwise, I'll just stick with my 8-year-old REI Monarch III ...

    Posted by Craig D. on November 15, 2011 12:41 PM & Tagged Gucci, Hiking, boots and footwear | permalink | Comments

    REI Comes to SoHo: A Video Preview of the Puck Building

    fileWhat's going on inside the Puck Building in New York City? Last week, we shared a video of REI SoHo employees volunteering in each of the five boroughs. This week, we deliver a sneak peek inside the historic Puck Building, home to REI's soon-to-be-open SoHo store, our first in New York City. Our employees and construction partners are focused on carefully restoring and refurbishing many elements of this beautiful location. Unique features include flywheels from steam engines that originally ...

    Posted by Bethany H on November 14, 2011 1:27 PM & Tagged New York City, Puck Building and REI SoHo | permalink | Comments

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