Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

REI Outlet Sale: Save 48% on an Ultralight Outdoor Research Jacket

Save up to 50 percent on Outdoor Research, prAna, Marmot, and KUHLduring REI’s Outlet sale. The sale ends on October 23, so act fast.

Whether charging up the mountain or knocking out an all-day multipitch climb, the Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket will keep you protected from storms without weighing you down. And right now you can save an extra 25 percent off the already marked down jacket. That’s nearly 50 percent off!

You can also save an extra 25 percent on gear from Outdoor ResearchMarmot, KUHL, and prAna. Be sure to check out the REI Outlet for the entire selection.

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: $159 $83

OR Helium II Jacket

Need full storm protection in a lightweight package? Then the OR Helium II is just what you need. The 2.5-layer Pertex Shield ripstop nylon is lightweight and waterproof. It weighs just 6.4 ounces and packs down to the size of a sandwich. It won’t take up much space in your pack or hanging on your harness, so there’s never any reason to go without.

It’s one of thru-hiker Dan “Knotts” Binde’s favorite pieces of gear. As he explained, “It’s proved to be super durable and doubles as a rain jacket and windbreaker. It cinches down at the waist and face, and keeps heat in like crazy. I don’t really have any negatives. I’ve put tons of miles on it, and it’s still holding up.”

With sealed seams and an adjustable hood, you’ll always be ready for the unexpected. Right now, you can score 48 percent off select colors of the Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket.

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