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A Stylish Shirt for Every Adventure Looking for that perfect shirt to take on your next adventure? The REI Northway shirt is the stylish, lightweight, packable solution you’ve been searching for.  This top comes in two vibrant colors and has a fitted, feminine look that could even be worn for a day at the office. The stretchy material makes for a comfortable fit whether you’re casually walking around or out on a hiking adventure. Rated at UPF 50+, the moisture-wicking fabric will allow you to stay outside and play all day.  My favorite feature is the hidden zip pocket on the front of the shirt. No longer do you need to worry about where to stash your cash, credit cards or passport when you’re out and about in a foreign country.  You can walk around markets and plazas carefree, knowing that your money is safe.  If you’re headed out shopping, hiking, climbing, biking, walking or you are just on your way...

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Kicks for your next adventure When I’m not out on a mountaineering adventure, I prefer to wear a lighter and more comfortable shoe for all of my outdoor activities. It can be difficult to find lightweight footwear that meets the performance demand of the great outdoors, but the Keen Targhee II WP Hiking Shoe fits the bill. Whether you are casually strolling around town or out on a hiking adventure, these shoes will keep your feet dry, safe and comfortable. My favorite feature on these shoes is the waterproofing. When I’m day hiking or backpacking, keeping my feet dry is a must. I wore these Keens on a 5-day trek in Torres del Paine and my feet stayed dry as I tromped across streams, through knee-deep mud and across areas with snow pack. Comfort is also important in the outdoors. These shoes have excellent cushioning with a high arch (removable footbed for those who prefer...

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Dream Backpack for Peru and Patagonia A call to all you women (and men) hikers out there! I have always loved hiking and backpacking but more recently I have been preparing for my up-coming trip to Peru and, most importantly, the Inka Trail Trek that I will be doing as well as the hiking I intend to do around the Colca Canyon. With this in mind, I know that a lot of our travelers will be heading out soon for similar treks and I wanted to share my insight on my favorite pack that I can’t leave home without. I use the REI Venus 70 pack. I bought it back in 2010 and have used it while doing long trips around the northeastern jungle of Argentina, through Chilean Patagonia (Torres del Paine) and here in the Pacific Northwest Cascades while snowshoeing and doing longer summer backpacking trips. Packs made for women (especially on the smaller side)...
15 Years Going Strong - My Favorite Suitcase Where ever you find me when I travel, you find my favorite ultimate suitcase, the MEI Convertible.  It has become my trusty travel companion and I highly recommend it.  I have had this bag for over 15 years, with nary a tear or scuff.   Why do I like this bag so much?   It converts to a comfortable backpack with a waist-belt and shoulder pads. I have walked miles with this pack.  You can stow the straps away and use the side shoulder strap or handle to change the bag to a standard suitcase. It is small and malleable – fitting under your seat on nearly any plane or on overhead rack on a bus.  It fits smaller adults, such as me, quite well.  I recommend it for adventure cruises where space is minimal such as on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey.  The MEI convertible bag is high-quality, USA-made by...

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Saucony Jazz – The ultimate travel shoe Whenever I travel I like to pack as light as possible. Things that are compact or are versatile enough to serve multiple functions are preferred. Ever since I got my first pair of Saucony Jazz several years ago, they’ve gone with me on every venture abroad that I’ve been on. Why? Well, frankly, because they’re not only the most comfortable shoes my feet have ever had the pleasure of walking inside of, they are versatile enough to take the place of traveling with both hiking and casual shoes. First released in the early 1980’s, the originals have regained popularity over the past decade. Saucony has revived and re-issued them for good reason. Their retro style makes them classy enough to wear walking around town, but their durability makes them functional enough to wear on hiking adventures. Just last summer on a trip to Central America I wore my Sauconys in...
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