Most folks know about, and love, the REI brand (half of my closet is packed with REI purchases), and its commitment to conservation efforts. The company has donated millions of dollars to support the cause and loads of volunteers dedicate their time to clean up, restore, and protect the land where we like to play, laugh, and sweat. What people may not know about — or what many women might not take advantage of — is REI’s education initiatives.
Not only can you learn online from experts by watching more than 350 how-to videos, but you can also be inspired and mentored in person. Sign up for one of the hundreds of activities available near you and learn about bike maintenance, meet new hiking friends, learn about outdoor survival, go kayaking, or listen to an inspirational talk. Of course, the instruction doesn’t stop there—you can amp up the experience and indulge in a hands-on fully immersive adventure by traveling with REI.
If you’re an adventurous woman who likes to try new things and step out of your comfort zone — or if you want to be that kind of gal — then REI Outessa is for you. This weekend-long women-only trip will expose you to new activities and sports. Are you new to trail running? Have you always wanted to attempt rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding? Maybe you’d like to brush up on your backpacking and outdoor survival skills or learn how to wield a Leather(wo)man tool? REI Outessa has brought in the best guides and adventure women — seriously, they’re incredibly supportive, understanding and knowledgeable — to lead you through these exhilarating experiences that you can take at your own pace and skill level.
And — no surprise — when you pack a bunch of stellar women together and teach them new things, they become great friends and support networks for each other. REI Outessa attracts women who want to cut to the quick of adventure. Picture this: Wake up early, crawl out of your tent, wrap your fingers around a hot cup of Joe, and eat a wholesome breakfast outside before you venture out on a day full of sweat-filled activities while cheering on each other’s successes. The days end by sharing stories around the campfire with a glass of wine while roasting marshmallows and listening to live music. I promise you, spending this much time outside with rad women will fill up your cup in ways you didn’t expect.
Whether you’re a mom traveling with your daughter, a newly divorced woman traveling solo, a young twenty-something between careers, a wild, live-free-or-die adventurer, or a cancer survivor with a new lease on life, you will get something out of a weekend spent in the outdoors.
Three annual weekends are available. The first, Kirkwood, just wrapped up, but you can sign up for Mount Hood Skibowl in Oregon from August 18 to 20 or Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, from September 22 to 24, 2017. And, of course, there’s always next year… but, why wait?