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

Today’s Bargains: 3 Can’t-Miss Gear Sales

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price: That’s our goal each week. Check out the bargains below and save on gear for your next adventure.

REI Co-Op Trail Pack 40L — Women’s & Men’s: $59 (50% Off)

REI Co-op Trail Pack 40L

REI hosted a summer clearance deal last week, but there are still some great summer sale items in stock, like the brand’s 40L Trail Pack.

The perimeter steel frame and abundance of pockets means the pack isn’t superlight but is superdurable for hiking and non-hiking travel. Other great specs on this pack include trekking pole clips, a hip belt, and included rain cover. The pack comes in different sizes (measured by torso length) and multiple colors for both men and women hikers.

Columbia Pilsner Peak Pants — Women’s & Men’s: $11 (Up to 66% Off)

Columbia Pilsner Peak pants

These wonderful quick-drying hiking pants from Columbia are on sale now. The Pilsner Peak pant comes in men’s and women’s styles and is a great versatile choice for taking on any trail.

The pants have articulated knees, roll up into capris, and are made with Columbia’s Omni-Wick technology (a polyester and nylon fabric) rated to 50 UPF protection. Lightweight, slim, and durable — these pants are a great deal.

Native Eyewear Linville Polarized Sunglasses: $64 (50% Off)

Native Eyewear Linville sunglasses

We all need to protect our eyes from the harsh sun — whether hiking, biking, or traveling. Luckily, these Native Eyewear polarized unisex sunnies are 50 perccent off at REI.

The sporty Linville model offers 100 percent UV protection and blocks 40 percent of infrared light to decrease eye fatigue. The frame is sturdy a thermoplastic, with built-in vents, so your lenses don’t fog up in the middle of your adventure.

See the Native Eyewear Linville Sunglasses

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