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Outessa is a women’s only weekend getaway made of stunning views, opens spaces and adventure. Imagine a custom schedule built from hundreds of options, wholesome food, good wine, challenges and the professional instruction to meet them. You can find time to yourself or the synergy of dauntless women. This is an event where you indulge in any outdoor activity you desire without a shred of guilt. You’ll come back enlivened with new skills and lifelong friends. Outessa is every women’s weekend. Join us. Open the outdoors. 


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Saturday, August 20 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: 9:00am-12:30pm Nearly Full

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Experience the thrill of Rock Climbing in a friendly women's only environment with our enthusiastic, professional instructors! We'll focus on building solid fundamental skills, such as belaying, knots, crack and face-climbing technique. If you've only climbed inside or you're looking to explore rock climbing for the first time, this is your opportunity to practice with professional rock climbing instructors. All equipment is provided and no previous experience necessary.

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For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing, caving, and... Read More →

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We create versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. How do we know? Because we base our designs on our own experiences. We’re more than makers, we’re doers—yogis, climbers, and world travelers—and... Read More →
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At REI we love to get outside and play. Whether you're new to outdoor adventure or a seasoned pro, we’ll gladly share our passion.  Our core purpose guides everything we do: we inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. What began as a group of... Read More →

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Alyson Chun

Guide, REI
Alyson has worked as an outdoor and experiential education facilitator for over 6 years. She has had the opportunity to work in places all over the world, including China, Thailand, Turkey, and Botswana. Alyson joined the REI Outdoor School as a Senior Instructor in February... Read More →
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Gavriel Weiner

Guide, REI
Gavi has been guiding for years in inspiring please like Yosemite, Rocky Mountain NP and Joshua Tree NP. She is a certified Single Pitch Instructor with American Mountain Guide Association and a Wilderness First Responder. In her free time, Gavi climbs! She also loves to backpack... Read More →
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Heidi Wirtz

Brand Ambassador, Petzl
Heidi Wirtz is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers. She has been climbing for over twenty years, letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around the world. Heidi has pioneered new routes up unclimbed... Read More →

Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm PDT
REI Village - Petzl tent to Rainbow Crags