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Archive for 'February 2012'

    Outdoor Highlight Reel for February: Videos We Like

    fileAssorted clips we spotted in February that we thought fellow REI types might find interesting… The Wild Heart, with views of the American Southwest, including Antelope Valley and the Vermillion Cliffs: Astronomer's Paradise, offering scenes from a telescope installation in Chile's Atacama Desert: Crusher, which is not the official name, but it seems fitting for this tale of a sequoia and one poor guy's unlucky parking spot: And finally, cheerfully, A Story for Tomorrow, one fellow's lovely ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 29, 2012 5:49 PM & Tagged Patagonia, Southwest, sequoia and videos | permalink | Comments

    Loving the Outdoors: It's a Lifelong Pursuit for 3 African American REI Board Members

    fileAs a retail cooperative, REI is advised by a 10-member Board of Directors, elected annually by REI's members. In recognition of Black History Month, we've asked the Board's 3 African American Directors to discuss their relationship with the outdoors, their advice for getting outside more often, and their ambitions for future personal adventures. First, some introductions: Joanne Harrell of Seattle, a Board member since 2001, is a general manager at Microsoft in its Worldwide Sales, Marketing ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 28, 2012 1:49 PM & Tagged Black History Month, REI board, diversity and inclusion | permalink | Comments

    When Snow Becomes a Canvas: Fascinating Airborne Scenes of Art Etched into Snow

    fileEarlier this month we marveled at the here-today, gone-tomorrow sand art creations of Jim Denevan. Some imaginative folks are taking a similarly artistic approach with snow.  First, San Francisco-based artist Sonja Hinrichsen is fond of creating snow drawings, and the following videos of work she created near Steamboat Springs, Colo. (and described in a report by local media), were filmed by aerial videographer Cedar Beauregard: Meanwhile, the International Business Times offers a number of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on February 27, 2012 5:03 PM & Tagged Snow and art | permalink | Comments

    How I Got Started as a Plus-Size Adventurer

    fileOn the eve of my first Mount Kilimanjaro hike, I started to panic. It was 2007—and while I started my journey to wellness at 360 pounds and had since dropped dozens of pounds—I was still very much a plus-size adventurer. I was afraid I had bitten off more than I could chew. I had been training for months but now, in the day before the massive journey ahead to Africa's highest peak at 19,343 feet, it felt like an insurmountable goal. A fellow hiker, who had conquered Kilimanjaro's summit 2 years ...

    Posted by Kara Richardson Whitely on February 24, 2012 2:50 PM & Tagged Hiking, Kara Richardson Whitely, Kilimanjaro and fitness | permalink | Comments

    If You Fancy Classic English Bicycles, How About a Tweed Ride?

    fileAs the unabashed lover of the classic English 3-speed, I often wonder: What could be better than cruising along city streets, enjoying the Cadillac-like glide of steel, the comfortable sprung seat and simple but effective 3 gears of my Raleigh? Well, riding it in the company of other 3-speed enthusiasts, all dressed in tweed, of course! Thus, the modern "tweed ride" was born. Before we delve into the rides though, a brief history of classic English steel bikes is in order. Back in the mid-1800s ...

    Posted by geargirl on February 22, 2012 5:08 PM & Tagged Cycling, English steel bikes, fixies and tweed ride | permalink | Comments

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