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Ah, the great outdoors. Don’t let a lack of experience keep you from enjoying it. We’ve got gear suggestions, guides, and how-tos for aspiring adventurers and seasoned explorers alike. Camping, hiking, and survival essentials are our focus, but we also touch on activities like snow sports, off-roading, and extreme experiences, as well as general fitness and exercise.

Jackery is great for vanlife.

I’ve tried all the Jackery solar power generators: So which should you buy?

Jackery makes a bunch of different solar power generators. So which is right for you? Find out which capacity will best suit your needs.
Family camping

How well does your home state rank for adventure? Study reveals the best and worst states

A man stands on the mountain with a sleeping bag around him.

How to wash and care for your sleeping bag so you can use it season after season

A view of the swamp

Why you should visit the Everglades (and our top tips for a memorable adventure)

Jumping a gap on a mountain biking trail

Mountain bike maintenance: 3 things you absolutely must do to keep your bike in good condition

One green backpack on a brown wooden log in the woods.

Pack your multiday backpack for comfort with our guide

A bee on a purple chive flower.

7 wild edible plants every outdoor enthusiast should know about

A backpacker at high altitude

Altitude sickness: What you need to know about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention

fly fishing

These are the best fly fishing spots in the U.S.

A man skis on a clear run, with mountains and trees behind him.

‘Historically strong’ El Niño may wreak havoc on ski and snowboard season

View from Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

2 popular national parks want your opinion about proposed fee increases and reservation changes

Man riding through city streets on a VanMoof electric bike/ebike.

VanMoof bankruptcy shows why relying on hyper-connected e-bikes might be a dangerous bet

Black pickup truck towing an REI Co-op Special Edition Basecamp 20X travel trailer through a desert landscape.

Airstream partners with REI (again) on the bigger, better, ultra-rugged Basecamp 20X travel trailer

The iconic RV maker once again partnered with REI Co-op to build its most aggressive and adventure-ready travel trailer ever. It's Basecamp 2.0.
Closed nature trail a Florida park

Climate change is real: Know about hiking trail closures and conditions before you set out

Is your trail closed? If you are planning on hiking or backpacking, find out what conditions your trail is in and if it is open this season.
Poison ivy leaves of three

You know you should avoid poison ivy, but stay away from these 5 plants, too

Here are 5 plants that you should avoid. Understanding what these plants look like, symptoms, and remedies can help you have a rash-free summer.
Best mountain biking destinations in Georgia feature.

The 6 best mountain biking destinations in Georgia

Whether you live here and are new to the sport or just passing through, Georgia has some of the best mountain biking destinations for all riders.
A Forge and Bond factory rider with the new F+B 30 AM wheels on the trail.

Forge and Bond’s new mountain biking wheels are trail ready

Mountain biking brand Forge and Bond's new wheels are trail focused. From long days on the 25 XC to all mountain wheels with the 30 AM, Forge and Bonds got you.
Alpine butterfly knot

How to tie the alpine butterfly for a secure midline knot

The alpine butterfly knot is useful for its ability to be loaded in multiple directions without weakening the rope and is always able to be untied after use.
An empty chair lift line on a weekday at Bachelor Bike Park

Bike parks for beginners: 3 things everyone should know

Riding the trails at the bike park can be an awesome experience. Keep the stoke high and the party laps going by following these three guidelines.
Rad Power Bikes lifestyle image biking on trail

Shop these limited time deals at Rad Power Bikes and get an e-bike for summer

These limited time deals at Rad Power Bikes are just in time for summer, and will help you have an amazing one with a powerful e-bike to go exploring.
A highwayman's hitch tied around a log.

Learn to tie a highwayman’s hitch in under a minute

The highwayman's hitch is commonly tied incorrectly, which stops it from binding on itself. Here's how to tie it properly.
A sign on a trail in front of some rocks, that reads 'This is Grizzly Bear Country'

Video: Scared camper narrates his encounter with a mama bear and her cubs

This hiker manages to stay calm and keep his head in the face of one of the most terrifying experiences many hikers face: a family of bears on the trail.
Niagara Falls waterfall.

The 5 most beautiful waterfalls to visit in America — add these spots to your bucket list

If you're an avid hiker or simply a nature enthusiast, here are our top 5 waterfalls to visit in America before you die. 
A rock cairn near mountains and water.

See a rock cairn? Push it over, Yosemite National Park says

Park officials at Yosemite are now encouraging everyone to knock cairns over as part of the "Leave No Trace" ethics of visiting these protected areas.
Man running on a mountain trail.

These are the fantastic trail running brands you should be wearing

These are the brands you should be wearing this year, whether you're training for your first park run or you're a seasoned ultramarathon runner.
fishing sport hobby rod closeup

Is fishing a sport or a hobby? It depends…

Is fishing a sport or hobby? It's complicated, but we discuss whether those who fish can consider themselves athletes or hobbyists.
Two hikers trekking a lush green trail with snow-capped mountains in the background.

What is REI Co-Op? Everything you need to know about REI’s in-house gear brand

REI's own REI Co-Op-branded gear flies under the radar, even though it offers similar quality and innovation to better-known premium alternatives for less.
A shot of the Canyon Spectral CF 8 on a trail

Canyon Spectral CF 8 mountain bike review: Get premium components at a mid-level price

The Canyon Spectral CF 8 is a long-travel trail bike with a twist: it can't be found in bike shops. Ordering and assembling are on you — so is the money you save.
Camping looking out his tent door in a sleeping bag

Get the right sleeping bag for your camping trips with this guide

Getting a good night's sleep is an essential part of any enjoyable camping trip. Stay warm under the stars with our sleeping bag buying guide.
A sheet bend tied between a black rope and a red rope.

Add the sheet bend to your knot repertoire for summer camping

Learn how to tie a sheet bend knot for attaching varying styles of rope together and for a range of uses around the campground and at home.
The best cold-weather camping gear can make your winter adventures warmer and more fun

The best one-person tents for your camping home away from home

These are the best one-person tents to use on solo adventures outdoor. No need to pack more than necessary when out in the wild.
Young bearded man sitting on a Trelino portable composting toilet next to an orange campervan.

Car campers, overlanders, and vanlifers: Why you need a portable composting toilet

If you're living the mobile lifestyle and tired of constantly searching for a place to "go," you need a portable composting toilet in your rig.
A photo of a mountain bike in a field of wheat as the sun goes down.

Check your mountain bike is trail ready with the M-check method

The M-check is a longstanding method of ensuring that your bike is safe to hit the trails. Here's how to perform it.
A reef knot is tied against a tree

These are the essential outdoor knots that every outdoorsman should know

Every outdoorsman needs to know how to tie a knot for all occasions. Here are our most important outdoor knots for camping, backpacking, and survival.
Man running through the desert landscape of The Grand Canyon.

Getting a backcountry permit for Grand Canyon National Park just got a whole lot easier

Grand Canyon National Park will upgrade its permitting process to allow most backcountry campers to pay for and reserve their spots completely online for 2024.
A grizzly bear stands in a woodland clearing.

This video shows just how fast a bear attack can happen

Watch as a grizzly bear takes its anger out on this camera and see how fast a bear attack can happen.
Man running through the desert landscape of The Grand Canyon.

These are the world’s most grueling and insane endurance races

For those crazy few runners who demand more than "ordinary" marathons can offer, these are the world’s toughest, most grueling, most insanely hard races.
The Smith Forefront 2 in white

Riding review: Is the Smith Forefront 2 bike helmet worth the price?

The Smith Forefront 2 checks all the boxes of a trail helmet. Yes, it's a bit on the expensive side, but you can't really put a price on protecting your brain.
A man collects water from a river by the light of a headlamp.

Hydration is vital for summer adventures: How to safely collect water on the trail

Unless you weigh yourself down with gallons of water, you will have to refill on the trail. Here's how to do so safely.
Man holding a scorpion

How to treat scorpion stings: 4 essential things you should do

Scorpion stings can be treated at home. Clean the wound, apply a cold compress, take pain relievers, and seek medical attention for severe symptoms.
Eagle Crag in Greater Zion

Zion National Park: Our guide to exploring Utah’s incredible outdoors

Utah is a wonderland of gorgeous vistas, remote wilderness, and abundant outdoor sports. See what the Greater Zion region of this beautiful state has to offer.
how to clean a smelly or moldy cooler couple camping with and beer

Our top camping tips for hot weather (because heat waves are insane this summer)

Summer is camping season, but sleeping in a tent in hot weather can be unbearable. Follow these tips for cool camping comfort.
A trucker's hitch tied in yellow rope.

Learn to tie the trucker’s hitch knot in under 5 minutes

The trucker's hitch knot is one of the best ways to get a tight line for setting up hammock ridgelines or making a running line for washing lines in camp.
The view from an MSR tent looking out over camping chairs and a lake.

Build your perfect camping sleep system to stay dry and cool

Good sleep systems include everything you need to stay warm and dry overnight at camp. Get the right gear for every occasion with our ultimate guide.
A Biolite basecharge unit and solar panel outside the back of a van

Review: Take home life off-grid with the BioLite Solar Generator 1500 Kit

The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 and SolarPanel 100 combine to give you huge reserves of power to take into the backcountry. Here's what I thought of it.
The view from an MSR tent looking out over camping chairs and a lake.

5 unwritten rules of camping you need to know

Learning the unwritten rules of camping allows us to forge connections with fellow campers, revel in the tranquility of nature, and bond with our family.
An RV and a Jeep at a campground with the setting sun in the background.

This new website is like Airbnb for RV enthusiasts and campers (and it’ll plan trips for you with A.I.)

Planning a road trip? RV camping and roadtripping doesn't have to be a headache with this trip planning site that uses next-gen A.I.
An inquisitive black bear plods through a new growth of trees.

Want to take photos of bears? A wildlife photographer reveals the do’s and don’ts to follow so no one gets hurt

By adopting Karen Blue’s mindset of care while photographing wildlife, future generations can also enjoy the beauty of North America’s magnificent creatures.
Night Sky Over Idaho's Craters of the Moon

Where will the next U.S. national park be?

The 64th and newest National Park will be here soon. Here are the candidates and what the naming process is like.
Manuals and warranty information for Canyon Bikes and Fox Suspension

Avoid these 3 costly mistakes that could void your mountain bike’s warranty

Well-intentioned decisions can have major consequences. This can be true when it comes to your mountain bike's warranty. Avoid problems with these tips.