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Archive for 'December 2011'

    Skiers, Can You Resist the Lure of the Loppet?

    fileCross-country skiers, take your marks: Loppet season is upon us! The loppet, translated from Swedish, is a long-distance, cross-country ski race. Some loppets are large, competitive races with serious skiers from all over the country. Others are smaller, local events. Serious skiers do compete in the local races, but most participants are in it for the camaraderie and exercise—or just to finish. So where do the hotshots race? The Worldloppet Sports Federation, founded in Sweden in 1978 to ...

    Posted by Julie in Seattle on December 13, 2011 6:34 PM & Tagged Birkebeiner, Cross-country skiing, ski races and winter recreation | permalink | Comments

    What are the outdoors to you?

    A relatively straightforward question with, undoubtedly, infinitely complex answers, meanings, ambiguities and so on for each of us. So. What are the outdoors to you? ...

    Posted by Keith E. on December 12, 2011 6:29 PM | permalink | Comments

    Step into the REI SoHo Store through 2 Videos

    fileGiveaways and excited employees greeted nearly 500 customers who had anxiously been waiting in line for the doors of the REI SoHo store to open last Friday. For those of you anxiously waiting to visit the store from afar, the 2 videos below transport you directly to REI's first store in New York City, located in the historic Puck Building. The first video captures the excitement of our grand opening activities and the second showcases the unique and historical elements of this new store. Check ...

    Posted by Bethany H on December 12, 2011 3:17 PM & Tagged New York City, Puck Building and REI SoHo | permalink | Comments

    Live on the West Coast? Wake Up Early Saturday to See a Lunar Eclipse

    fileThe second total lunar eclipse of 2011, and the last until 2014, will occur before sunrise Saturday, and people in Alaska, Hawaii, the West Coast and some Western states will enjoy the best viewing opportunities in the U.S. Check local media reports to learn the best time to observe the eclipse. As the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner and Seattle Times explain, early-rising residents will be able to see a red shadow begin progressing across the moon at 4:45 a.m. until totality is ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on December 9, 2011 2:18 PM & Tagged eclipse and lunar eclipse | permalink | Comments

    Live from New York: REI Opens First Manhattan Store

    fileIt's a big day for the co-op: REI is now officially open in New York City. This morning found a crowd of more than 500 people waiting outside the doors of REI's first New York City store in anticipation of today's grand opening events. Located in the historic Puck Building within Manhattan's SoHo district, the store offers 35,000 square feet—one of our largest locations—on 3 levels. It is across the street from subway and bus lines, making it easily accessible to residents from all of NYC's ...

    Posted by Steve T on December 9, 2011 10:43 AM & Tagged New York, SoHo and rei | permalink | Comments

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