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Eagles Nest Outfitters Partners with REI Outessa to Offer Women Outdoor Experiences, Inspiration and Adventures


FOR RELEASE: March 6, 2017


Amy Allison

Eagles Nest Outfitters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters Partners with REI Outessa to Offer Women

Outdoor Experiences, Inspiration and Adventures

Three summer events in California, Oregon and New Hampshire help

women be their sweatiest, dirtiest, happiest selves

Asheville, NC – March 1, 2017 – Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) today announced its sponsorship of REI Outessa, three immersive, three-day outdoor adventures designed to connect women with the outdoors in a supportive learning environment. Now in its second year, these women’s getaways are filled with activities and inspiration, offer access to coveted gear and products, serve up great food and wine, and create the environment for making new friends and lasting memories. Registration is now open at


Through the partnership, Eagles Nest Outfitters will create a hammock lounge and encourage participants to relax and take time to reflect on the weekends events. This relaxing hammock hangout will bring participants together and reinforce the connection to the event and their natural surroundings.

“Our ENOpod Hammock Stands are made to hold three hammocks and encourage a sense of community among participants,” said Lane Nakaji, General Manager of ENO. “When you are relaxing in a hammock surrounded by nature it is easy to form new friendships while sharing in the experience and inspiration that has been gathered from the day’s activities. We are excited to be a part of the second year of Outessa and to continue to watch the event series grow.”

“Last year, REI Outessa was a transformational experience for hundreds of women. We are excited that ENO has signed on to provide a relaxing hammock lounge for participants. ENO will also educate participants on the ease and benefits of hammock camping. Together with ENO and other partners, we will help women tap into an emotional and profound connection to nature in her journey to live a life outside,” said Sally Johnson, the events manager for REI who helped create the Outessa series.

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. 

2017 REI Outessa events will be held at three breathtaking mountain playgrounds. Destinations were chosen for their inspirational alpine environments, sweeping views, pristine lake, and adventure-ready terrain with miles of trails for running, hiking and mountain biking. Each offer resort hospitality and proximity to major airports, making travel is easy for participants. The dates and locations are:

  • July 14-16: Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California near South Lake Tahoe
  • August 18-20: Mt. Hood Skibowl in Government Camp, Oregon and 12 miles from the Mt. Hood National Forest
  • September 22-24: Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville, New Hampshire in the White Mountain National Forest

Registration is $799 per person, which includes classes led by REI’s professional guides, use of on-site gear, chef-prepared meals, wine and beer, evening entertainment, inspirational speakers, and a goodie bag packed with products and gear. Attendees will customize their weekend from start to finish. They will choose accommodations from three options and their daily schedules from more than 200 activities based on personal interests, outdoor goals and skill levels.

To learn more about the retreats and locations of the epic weekends, visit

About Eagles Nest Outfitters

Eagles Nest Outfitters was founded in the summer of 1999 and has steadily grown to be the leading provider of ingeniously crafted parachute hammocks and outdoor accessories. ENO offers the highest quality relaxation products for adventure travelers and outdoor lovers everywhere. ENO products are sold in over 1500 retail locations in 13 countries, and online at

For additional details about REI Outessa, contact:

Deborah Pleva, JAM Collective for REI



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