by Corey Clark, Senior Marketing Manager
Ladies, not ready for summer to be over yet? Still looking for that epic outdoor experience? You should look at REI Outessa in Waterville Valley, NH next month and here is why!
Playing outdoors can be expensive if you don’t have the gear, intimidating if you don’t have the skill and exhausting if you have to plan it all yourself. REI has all this covered at Outessa plus more. Over the course of a long weekend, you can learn to rock climb, SUP, mountain bike, trail run, hike, take amazing photos, car camp, cook in the woods, build a fire, hula dance (yes, you read that correctly), build life goals, set intentions and so much more. The group of partners that have come together to teach these classes with an all-female staff of REI guides and instructors is amazing, fun and inspiring all wrapped together.
I have had the pleasure and honor of representing nuun at REI Outessa for three years and these retreats are the best week of the year every time. Some women come solo and leave in tears as they hug their new friends goodbye (for now). There are sisters and mother daughter duos that have not laughed together or supported each other in years the way they do at Outessa. And there are friends who have come to support each other with an illness, a tough decision or much needed change in life. However you come, you are surrounded by loving and caring women who are there to try new things, meet new friends, eat great food and be dirty, sweaty and happy.
You have option in pretty much everything you do. You can set up your own tent (there are ladies to teach you how) or walk into a tent set up for you. You choose your day of activities and classes. Breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and smores around the camp fire are all taken care of. Nuun is there to keep you hydrated at all times of the day and there may even be a few dance parties throughout the weekend. You may be thinking, the dance party is not for you but you would be surprised how you feel when you are with a group of women with no judgement or agenda and just want to have fun. My 65 year old mother comes with me each year to Outessa. Last month at the California retreat the dance party was starting after dinner and I asked if she wanted to go back to the room. She looked at me said, “no way, this is one of my favorite nights.” We laughed and danced until 12:30am!
Grab a girlfriend or come alone. Put all the excuses to the side and think "yes I can." Join Nuun and REI in the mountains, among the trees and in the open air to reconnect with yourself, do things you didn’t know you had in you, and learn how to be a self-sufficient female in the outdoors. See you at REI Outessa!
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