Uncommon Path, a quarterly print magazine, chronicles the experiences, events and ideas that shape the relationship between people and life outside. Our stories aren’t limited to trails and peaks. They take us to parks and urban places closer to home. Our writers explore issues like climate change, nature's impact on public health and increasing access to outdoor spaces. And yes, we dig into the best gear to help you get out there—wherever out there is for you.

No matter where you come from, what you look like or what you knew before, everyone’s welcome outside. This is your invitation to take the path less traveled.

Alaska's Denali

Highs and Lows

Reaching the high point in every state makes you a legend. Some states are easier than others. Learn about some unique high points across the country at REI. Read More...
Children gather around as teacher conducts lesson in a forest

School’s Out

There are more than 400 outdoor preschools in the U.S. designed to create a closer connection between children and nature. But are the programs simply a trend for green parents, or a lasting model for early-childhood education? Read More...