15 Ways to Opt Outside on Black Friday

    By: Sara Sheehy + Save to a List

    Join the movement.

    When REI decided to close its doors for Black Friday back in 2015, it was an act of revolution. Instead of subjecting their employees to masses of ravenous holiday shoppers, REI told them to go enjoy a day outside. Then they took it one step further, inviting all of us to #OptOutside on Black Friday, too.

    Whether it's our first, fourth, or fiftieth year of forgoing the madness of Black Friday, we have a few ideas of how to make the most of your #OptOutside opportunity. 

    1. Shred the Slopes

    Photo by Kyle Frost // Story: It's Time to Plan Your Ski Trip to the Canadian Rockies

    2. Take a Trail Run With Friends

    Photo by Jason Hatfield // Adventure: Run Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon

    3. Plunge Into an Underwater Cave

    Photo by Jennifer Adler // Adventure: Cave Dive at Ginnie Springs

    4. Hit the Trail on Two Wheels

    Photo by David Schelske // Adventure: Mountain Biking the Deschutes River Trail

    5. Spend a Night in the Mountains

    Photo by Dan Loch // Adventure: Backpack to the Canyon Creek Lakes

    6. Stretch Into a New Yoga Pose

    Photo by Kathleen Morton // Story: 5 Yoga Poses To Prepare You For Any Adventure

    7. Ride a Wave

    Photo by Chris Burkard // Adventure: Surf at Big Sur's Sand Dollar Beach

    8. Go Camping on the Beach

    Photo by Michael Matti // Adventure: Camp at Second Beach in Olympic NP

    9. Chill in a Natural Hot Spring

    Photo by Dusty Klein // Adventure: Soak in Kirkham Hot Springs

    10. Cycle on a Country Road

    Photo by Christin Healey // Adventure: Bikes & Brews on Route 151

    11. Cast a Fly Fishing Line

    Photo by Jake Sells // Adventure: Fly Fish at Salmon Creek Falls

    12. Take a Hike

    Photo by Chris Mongeau // Adventure: Hike the Window Trail in Big Bend

    13. Cruise on a Stand Up Paddleboard

    Photo by Josiah Roe // Adventure: Stand Up Paddleboard the Oceanside Harbor

    14. Climb Some Rocks

    Photo by Damien Kincannon // Adventure: Climb Hidden Rocks

    15. Glide Over the Water in a Kayak

    Photo by Jess Curren // Adventure: Kayak & Swim with Manatees at Three Sisters Spring

    Cover photo by Michael Matti

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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