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Sarah Grothjan

Sarah Grothjan is a news and features writer for Uncommon Path. Her writing has also appeared in Outside magazine. REI member since 2019.

Stories by Sarah Grothjan...
Illustration of girl riding a bike through a city.

Pedal On

rown. I remember everything about the moment: the bump of the root-fractured pavement beneath my skinny tires. The acidic smells of sea salt and diesel exhaust.
Illustration showing the lifecycle of a garment.

Life Cycle of a Jacket

We love our gear—our sleeping bags keep us cozy; our tents shield us from the elements; and our hiking boots take us on exciting adventures, both near and far. ...
A group of friends play basketball on the playground of Eckstein Middle School

What Does It Mean to be Outdoorsy?

For years, the industry has narrowly defined and measured what it means to be an outdoor participant. The Outdoor Foundation’s annual report on outdoor activities, for example, counts skiing, climbing and kayaking, but doesn’t consider sports like basketball. And that exclusivity can overlook experiences like Grayson’s and prompt people to wonder: Is this a place for me?