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Archive for 'November 2011'

    Popular New Apps for Cycling

    filePart 5 of our smartphone apps series: This time around, fun and useful apps for cyclists. New apps are scoring points with road riders, mountain bikers and casual cruisers more and more these days. And it's no wonder. The best apps now provide features similar to the traditional bike computer, heart rate monitor or GPS unit. Though smartphones are a bit larger than most bike computers, their functionality along with a handlebar-hugging bike mount is sure to make the size seem less intrusive. ...

    Posted by Francesca K on November 3, 2011 1:47 PM & Tagged Android, Apple, Cycling, apps, bicycle and smartphone | permalink | Comments

    Making Outdoor Videos: How Do They Do That?

    fileEver watch videos of natural landscapes and wonder how on earth videographers capture those fluid pans of the scenery where the camera appears seemingly in flight? Yosemite National Park videographer Steve Bumgardner shared a few of his techniques in a video he posted this week on his blog. The REI Blog is a big admirer of the artistic spin Bumgardner (aka Yosemite Steve) applies to his interpretive studies of human and natural influences on Yosemite. Far more refined than the shaky clips park ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 3, 2011 1:04 PM & Tagged Yosemite, Yosemite Steve, national parks and video | permalink | Comments

    Mid-Day Workouts: How Do You Break Free from the Cube?

    fileFive flights of metal stairs. 177 individual steps. Seven round trips (more or less). Hundreds of trees standing by as we lunge, run, walk and sidestep our way up and down an outdoor staircase, metal grids underfoot and green leafiness overhead. Sound like the stairclimber to heaven or hell? Either way—at REI headquarters in Kent, Wash., this is my preferred lunchtime antidote to sedentary work. (In stores and the distribution centers, REI employees are on their feet and on the move, but it's a ...

    Posted by KellyH on November 1, 2011 1:30 PM & Tagged exercise, fitness, rei, stair climbing and workouts | permalink | Comments

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