This is the first year I’ve been privileged to live in close proximity to an REI, and I’m definitely going to miss the quick access to great outdoor gear when we move in August. REI’s just-released 2008 stewardship report has some great green highlights:
- A goal to reduce their 2006 emission levels by one-third by 2009 – that’s moving fast, people.
- They get 20% of their power from renewable sources and are trying to increase that percentage.
- Their ecoSensitive products feature recycled, renewable, and/or organic materials and are labeled to help explain to consumers how those material choices are made.
Finally, and most relevant to this blog, they partner with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset all their fabulous REI Adventures. Their carbon-neutral tours are one of my favorite places to get a quick travel daydream fix. Here are a few packages that sneak under Green Postcards’ $150/day price limits (If you’re an REI member; $20 for a lifetime membership. Trust me. You’ll make up the cost with your annual member refund – usually 10% of what your combined purchases for the year):
19 days of hiking in Nepal for $2699.
“Nepal’s Royal Trek”
16 days of hiking and a jungle safari for $2399.
“Paddle Baja: Islands and Coast Route”:
8 days of kayaking in the Sea of Cortez for $1045.
“Loon Lake Kayaking”
Three days of kayaking in Loon Lake, California, for $365.
“Mono Lake Kayaking”
Three days of salt-lake paddling in Lee Vining, California, for $380.
“Sierra Day Hikes”
Three to four days of hiking in the Tahoe National Forest for $320-$430.
Four days of backpacking through Yosemite for $535.
“Appalachian Trail Hut to Hut Hiking”
Four days of hiking through the White Mountains of New Hampshire for $415.
“Basic Rock Climbing: Rumnet Rocks”
Three days of introductory rock climbing in New Hampshire for $425.
“Basic Rock Climbing: North Carolina”
Three days of introductory rock climbing in the Pisgah National Forest for $355.
“Basic Rock Climbing: Northern Virginia”
Three days of introductory rock climbing on Crescent Rocks and Elizabeth Furnace for $315.
“Mount Rainier Classic Hikes”
Three days of hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park for $450.
Four days of exploring Yellowstone National Park for $580.