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Pittsburgh, PA - REI Force of Nature Campout


  • Ohiopyle State Park (map)

The Event

Calling all Forces of Nature to join REI for the annual Force of Nature Campout at Ohiopyle!

This inclusive event for women and non-binary people is for those looking to reconnect with nature and explore this beautiful park with an amazing group of people! Get ready to spend a memorable night under the stars with a supercharged campout led by REI experts and our incredible partners. We're heading back to Ohiopyle State Park for fun and fellowship at one of our favorite places to camp! Explore the park on your own and find hiking, paddling, climbing and cycling adventures or join our REI instructors and partners for led programming including, guided nature walks, workshops, inspirational talks and no campout is complete without a campfire and s'mores! Sunday morning wake up and grab some pancakes and coffee, then hit the amphitheater for group yoga. We'll set up a lounge, games and camp kitchen for you to cook your meals while REI staff is on hand to help with anything you need to make your camping experience a breeze. And we're making it really simple: we reserve the campsite - you just bring your food, gear and adventurous spirit! Fee includes campsite reservation, parking, programs and pancake breakfast, Space is limited - sign up today!

Campfire Chat on Saturday Night

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

Hike with Sydney on Sunday

You’ve heard the talk, now let’s take it to the trail. The weekend isn’t over yet. After the morning activities and group stewardship afterwards, pack it up and stick it out for a hike with Sydney around Ohiopyle State Park.

We will share updated hike information here closer to the event.

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