Author Bio

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Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown is a writer and backpacker who fell deeply in love with the Pacific Northwest at age 12. Her favorite book growing up was My Side of the Mountain. In 2015 she completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Her feet twitch when she sleeps. REI Member since 2014.

Stories by Ashley Brown...
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How to Dehydrate Food

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our 162 retail stores nationwide. Learn more about that decision here and... Read More...

The Origins of GORP

You’d be hard-pressed to find a hiker who isn’t familiar with GORP, even if they don’t know it by that name. GORP is simply trail mix, a staple outdoor snack kn... Read More...

How to Ship a Bike

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 3, 2018. It was updated Oct. 30, 2019. Packing a bike for the first time presents some challeng... Read More...