REI Outessa Retreat calls Kirkwood Mountain Resort home in 2017 |

REI Outessa Retreat calls Kirkwood Mountain Resort home in 2017

At the Lake Tahoe 2016 REI Outessa Retreat, an Osprey representative shows women the most efficient ways to pack a bag before going hiking.
Autumn Whitney / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Ladies, mark your calendars: REI Outessa, the company’s three-day women-only retreat, is returning to Kirkwood Mountain Resort this summer. The weekend getaway gives participants the opportunity to connect with the outdoors in an encouraging environment.

“Whether you are an experienced outdoors person or someone who’s thinking about trying new activities, Outessa is about getting away from it all and reconnecting with the outdoors.

“We heard some amazing stories from participants last year and we are expanding the retreats in 2017. This fun environment is designed by — and for — a supportive community of women who like adventure,” REI senior vice president of merchandising Susan Viscon said.

The outdoor retailer launched the Outessa Retreats in 2016, featuring activities, access to gear and products, food, wine and a setting to make new friends.

“More than 20 of REI Outdoor School’s top female instructors will partner with leading outdoor brands to host a full range of adventures, including hiking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail photography, paddle boarding, kayaking, climbing, yoga, backpacking, wilderness survival training, outdoor cooking and more,” states a press release from REI.

Outessa allows women to create a customized weekend, picking and choosing activities from over 200 options.

“Last year, REI Outessa was a transformational experience for hundreds of women. Together with our brand partners, we helped women tap into an emotional and profound connection to the outdoors.

“The beauty of these weekends is that every woman discovers something about herself — physical or emotional. Women leave with a supportive tribe to draw boundless inspiration and encouragement from and a new appreciation for living a life outside,” REI events manager Sally Johnson said.

REI Outessa costs $799 to attend — the price includes classes led by professional guides, use of gear, prepared meals, wine and beer, evening entertainment, inspirational speakers and a goodie bag filled with gear and products.

Visit to register and learn more.

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