REI Launches Inaugural Outessa Summit for Women

REI Launches Inaugural Outessa Summit for Women


Lady adventurers, imagine a three-day weekend crammed with your favorite outdoor activities, delicious food, wine, and gear- lots and lots of gear.

This summer, outdoor retail giant and title sponsor, REI, is turning dreams into reality by launching the inaugural REI Outessa Summit, the ultimate outdoor getaway experience created especially for adventure-seeking women.

The first-of-its kind event series for women featuring outdoor education, recreation and adventure, REI Outessa Summit offers registrants hands-on product trials and instruction from professional athletes, brand ambassadors, and expert guides.


What makes the REI Outessa Summit adventure experience unique is that attendees can customize the experience to their needs, interests, and skill level. Additionally, the experience includes 200 classes and activities including backpacking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, camping, hiking, health and body, outdoor cooking, kayaking, yoga, photography, and trail running.

Do you aspire to be the hostess with the mostest at camp parties, or do you need just enough cooking skills to survive in the backcountry? Activities are co-sponsored and sorted into classes based on interest and skill level. For example, Backpacking is co-sponsored by REI and Osprey and offers classes in backcountry preparation and hydration packs. Mountain Biking classes co-sponsored by REI and Cannondale include introduction to mountain biking, technical skills overview and bike maintenance.

REI Outessa Summit brings in big names in the outdoor industry including prAna, Osprey, Cannondale, BIC SUP, Petzl, Big Agnes, Trigger Point, ENO, ORU Kayak, Salomon, Nuun, Taylor Maid Farms, Goal Zero, Amy’s Kitchen, GCI Outdoors, Smarty Pants, Lagunitas, ProBar, Clif Bar, Picky Bar, Honey Stinger, Hint, Dirty Gourmet, World Peas, Tandem, Rinse, GoMacro, Stance, Native, ElliptiGO, Igloo, and Dandies.


Registration is now open for the two REI summits that will take place August 19-21 in Lake Tahoe, California, and September 9-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Combining activity and leisure, the REI Outessa Summit experience allows women to learn skills and tips from elite athletes, wander the pop-up shops in the REI Village, and indulge in beer, wine and s’mores at evening fire pit socials.

The $749 registration includes product trials from sponsors, reduced fees on lodging, gear and gifts from prAna, Osprey and Stance. The first 200 women to sign up get $100 off registration, while the first 250 will receive prAna yoga mat. Space is limited to 500 women per location. For more information, visit