If you’re looking for arguably the best view of the valley, hiking Clouds Rest in Yosemite will certainly fit the bill. Though I’ve been lucky to visit Yosemite several times, our most recent trip in October was the first time I’d really sought out hikes outside of the famous (and crowded) valley. While the valley certainly has its share of showstoppers – I’m excited to start exploring more of the park, starting with the 14.5 mile Clouds Rest hike.
REI is back with yet another summer sale – this time, their Labor Day Sale & Clearance is gearing up with up to 40% off in-season items. The sale begins on August 25, 2017 and runs through September 4, 2017. Like their anniversary sale and 4th of July sale, there are a ton of solid picks at great prices. Read on for a few of my favorite picks this round.
In an effort to feel more comfortable outside, I decided to take REI’s 3 Season Wilderness Surival course based out of China Camp State Beach (just north of San Francisco). This particular class was women-only and led by an amazing female instructor – highly recommended if you’re noob like me and not as comfortable in some of the other classes!
One of the areas we focused on was the art of staying warm and surviving through the night – aka creating fire. While there are (literally) thousands of ways to start a fire efficiently, one of the simplest ways is with the help of charcloth. I had a few holey Everlane cotton t-shirts sitting sadly in my closet, so I decided to turn them into charcloth in the comfort of my apartment.
July 4th is almost upon us – which also means retailers of all shapes and sizes are hosting sales! While REI’s 4th of July sale isn’t as significant as their anniversary sale, there are still plenty of deals to be had. Read on for a few of my picks from this round.
While I love the outdoors, it’s tough to get away for a hike on the weekdays with work- instead, I’ll typically take classes at various studios and gyms. When I moved to NYC in 2014 for grad school, several classmates raved about a new fitness subscription service at the time called ClassPass. Fast forward three years later, and I’m still a loyal subscriber on their 5-class per month plan for $65. It’s great for getting in some quick workouts on weekdays after work. I’m a huge fan of Barry’s Bootcamp on the platform, but the plan only allows me to go there twice a month.
For those not familiar with Barry’s, it’s a chain of high intensity interval training studios with several US locations and a few international ones as well. While I enjoy their workouts and would love to take more classes, my bank account says otherwise – a-la-carte classes cost $32 a pop in San Francisco! I was determined to replicate some of the workouts at home (unfortunately, my apartment building does not have a gym), so I decided to take a look at how much it would cost to DIY Barry’s Bootcamp at home.