Leatherman 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

Portland, OR — Leatherman, the world’s original and largest manufacturer of high quality multi-tools that prepare people for both expected and unexpected challenges, journeys and adventures 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 www.REI.com/Outessa.

Through the partnership, Leatherman will host classes focused on the importance of carrying a multi-tool on outdoor adventures and the basic functions of the Leatherman. In addition, the brand will offer more advanced classes so participants can develop their skills in using outdoor multi-tools. This will include learning how to use the tool in various outdoor scenarios like cutting kindling, fixing broken camping gear, starting a fire, preparing camp meals, camping hacks and administering basic wilderness first aid.

Outessa Group Photo

“Outessa is such a great event series and we’re excited to welcome participants to Oregon and Mt. Hood,” said Bobbie Parisi, VP of Marketing and Product at Leatherman, which was founded in Portland almost 35 years ago. “We will offer women a hands-on experience with multi-tools and in turn, they will feel more empowered and independent to go on more outdoor adventures and take on challenges.”

“Last year, REI Outessa was a transformational experience for hundreds of women. We are excited that Leatherman has signed again on to offer hands-on multi-tool classes. Together with Leatherman 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 lakes, 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 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 www.REI.com/Outessa.

For additional details about REI Outessa, contact:
Deborah Pleva, JAM Collective for REI

About Leatherman
Founded in 1983, Leatherman is the world’s largest manufacturer of tools that prepare people for both expected and unexpected challenges, journeys and adventures. Founder Tim Leatherman’s real life experiences inspired him to build the world’s first multi-tool, and his dedication to quality engineering and craftsmanship has driven Leatherman for more than 30 years. The Oregon-based company distributes its high quality Leatherman multi-tools which are manufactured in Portland in more than 86 countries. For more information about the original American multi-tool, visit www.leatherman.com.