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September 2021 Newsletter

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September is often known as a ‘shoulder’ season, and in parts of the country it feels like we have one foot in summer and one well into fall. Last week, folks in Fairbanks, Alaska celebrated their first snow of the year, while in other parts of the country, the waning of summer heat meant more opportunities for outdoor activities. Whether you are digging out your base layers from storage for those cool and crisp mornings, or still using your summer rated sleeping bag--we hope you’re finding fun ways to enjoy nature and the changing of the seasons. This month we also welcomed over 900 new users to the community and had over 1000 posts sharing your stories, adventures, questions, and comments relating to your love of the outdoors.  Thank you for all your amazing contributions!  


What’s New in Conversations? 

This month we were excited to collaborate with HOKA and host part of the HOKA x REI Active Artist Challenge. Artist Luke McCambley hosted a webinar that included a call to submit your own artwork made out in nature. Your responses have been incredible, and we enjoy seeing your artwork so much! This thread had us inspired to pack up some art supplies and hit the trail ourselves. 

Additionally, we are excited to welcome our new community manager to the team this month! Ryan is joining us with lots of digital community experience and we thrilled to have him on the team. Be sure to say hello to @REI-RyanC when you see him around! 


Here are some highlights from September: 

Conservation photography? 

Not only was this thread a great conversation AND an amazing source of inspirational photos, but we were also delighted when @AngiePaddlesandMore shared that, based on a recommendation from @Keeys, they are now working with Nature First Photography as their Ambassador Coordinator for North America! 

“’I love REI because they seem to be ‘my people’, I’m loving Nature First for the same reason. So very much excited about this. See where being an REI member can lead you?’ -AngiePaddlesandMore 

What are your favorite knots? 

@Tim_DeBoer brought this topic to the community, and it has driven some great discussion! While it’s hard to argue with @Philreedhikes ‘the ones that hold?’ response, there are so many other interesting and new knots you all are teaching each other. Feel free to jump on that thread and add to the fun! 

“Garlic Knots are my absolute favorite!” - @JeffPPeters is definitely ‘knot’ wrong here (to borrow @MagicToolbox's pun). 

Bag recommendations for travel to Alaska and DRT 1.2 and Thule Yepp Rack 

It is so great to read through all of your recommendations when folks ask about planning a trip or working on their gear set-ups. It is equally fun when users come back and report on their adventures, let us know how their gear worked for them, or that they appreciated the advice they got in the community. This month we had a couple threads, posted by @Honeycreekgirl and @HaveKidsWillTravel, that users came back to share their gratitude for your insights and experience. 

“Just returned from and incredible two weeks in Alaska!...Thanks for all the helpful comments!” – Honeycreekgirl  

Inspired by Nature/Science/Travel Books 

We are always happy to see conversations that share books that inspire and invigorate our passion for getting outside. This thread, started by @agraciouspearl, contained so many new and fascinating titles that we had to call it out. If you are looking for a great book to read, please head over to that thread for some incredible ideas!  

“These lists have me excited to head to the library!” – agraciouspearl 


Whether you’re dusting off your puffy jacket and enjoying cooler temperatures or the heat index is finally low enough that your hiking season is about to start, we appreciate hearing your stories, adventures, questions, and inspiration here in the community. Thank you for all you do to make this community a welcoming place to share our love of getting outside! 



The Conversations Team