There’s nothing worse than spending a beautiful day on the water, only to open your dry bag at one point and discover that your sandwich bread is soggy with sea water or your camera not turning on or your sleeping bag heavy with wet feathers. After making several dry bag mistakes, I don’t trust just …

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We recently caught up with Martina Brimmer, our genius bud behind Swift Industries, a bicycle bag company based in Seattle, WA. And they’re not just about making mighty fine bags. They’re about integrating a love of adventure into every stitch, fine-combing fabrics for the most durable they can find, and dreaming up new ways to …

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I always thought losing my sight would be one of life’s most cruel punishments. To wake up in darkness, to be a stranger to Earth’s beauty, to forever miss the smiles on your mother/child/friend/lover’s face. Without my glasses, life is a blur, and sometimes I fear the totality of permanent blindness. A few years ago, …

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Here’s a brief history of women’s running apparel summed up in a conversation: Dude designer: Hey, I’m making these running shorts for these women. Dude manager: Great, we don’t know if there’s a market for it but we’re getting a ton of requests for women’s apparel from actual women. But, you never know. What have …

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Since I touched down on a runway in Anchorage in a blizzard, I’ve had the feeling of being magnetized to a place for reasons unknown. It was my first year out of college, when it seemed like I was stumbling along the path of least anxiety, hoping to get something right. Oddly, for me that …

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Distance runner, traveler, adventurer, and writer Jenny Tough lives up to her name. She’s trekked and paddled her way through six continents, including the unmapped terrain of the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Here’s her on goals, challenges, and what she brings on her runs.  You were the first person to run solo and unsupported …

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When I was a grad student, one of the most life changing pieces of advice I received was to book a vacation for after our thesis defense. If I passed, I could celebrate on vacation.  And if I didn’t, I still was going on a vacation. As a student in industrial design, essentially problem solving, …

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Unless you have a private boat or seaplane, the only way to get to Dry Tortugas National Park, the southernmost terminus of the United States, is on a ferry called the Yankee Freedom III that docks in Key West, Florida. The park encompasses seven islands 70 miles from both Key West and Cuba. The islands, …

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Minnesotans have some pretty distinct quirks, like watching hockey in June, torturing their vowels, and waxing poetic about going “Up North.” Up North, it seems, is more of a theory than an actuality. The most common version involves semi-rustic log cabins, copper-colored lakes and dark pine forests. But the widely agreed upon Holy Grail of …

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In college I shared a bathroom with a girl who made her own cheese. She rode a bike with no brakes and handlebars that you had to hold crooked to go straight. She washed her hair only once a week, and convinced me to do the same. She also composted. One wet spring evening I …

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Six miles off the wild, southwest coast of Tasmania, in a remote region of world heritage wilderness, stands Australia’s most southerly lighthouse on a magnificent island called Maatsuyker. Maatsuyker Island is known for extreme weather and gale force winds over 100 days of the year. The island is a safe haven for dozens of protected …

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One-day festivals celebrating women, music, and the outdoors?? If that’s not enough to entice you, here are a few more words: Yoga class. Rock climbing. Live music. Paddling. 5Ks. Outdoor skill-building classes. Speakers. Community-building with women in the outdoors. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. Hammock zone. REI Outessafest locations and dates have just been announced, and we’re so …

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