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 Snow Sale: 50% Off Patagonia Jacket & More

Save up to 50 percent on Patagonia, Smartwool, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, and more during REI’s Ready, Set, Snow sale. The sale ends on October 28, so act fast.

Whether exploring the backcountry or flying down the mountain, the Patagonia Descensionist Jacket is up for the task. With excellent breathability and water resistance, it will quickly become your favorite winter companion. And for a limited time, it’s 50 percent off!

During REI’s Ready, Set, Snow sale, you can also save big on gear from Smartwool, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, and more. On top of all that, you can score 20 percent off one class, day tour, or event with code SNOW4DAYS19 and get 50 percent off Ski and Board Shop services. Be sure to check out the full sale for the entire selection.

See the entire REI Ready, Set, Snow sale

Patagonia Descensionist Jacket — Men’s & Women’s: $449 $224 (50% Off)

Patagonia Descensionist Ski Jacket

Looking for a do-all backcountry jacket? Then it’s time you met the Patagonia Descensionist. Built for mountain adventures, it offers top-level protection in a thin, light package. The three-layer, 50-denier hardshell fabric stays breathable on the uphill, while the DWR finish protects against saturation.

Complete with a helmet-compatible hood and fully adjustable powder skirt, you’ll be ready no matter the conditions. Patagonia doesn’t go on sale often, so scoring this for half off is a killer deal.

And for a limited time, you can also score 50 percent off select colors of the Nano Puff Jacket and Powderbowl Insulated Snow Pants.

This article is sponsored by REI. View the entire REI Ready, Set, Snow sale for the full selection of deals.

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