Fitness

Bundle up and Head Outside with REI This Winter for Moonlit Hikes

There's so much more to do during New England winters than ski or snowboard.


REI snowshoe

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We get it. Traipsing through the muck and slush of city snow to commute to work every morning isn’t necessarily ideal…or enjoyable. But that doesn’t mean winter is completely devoid of Mother Nature’s beauty, or that your sense of thrill and adventure needs to wait until the spring. Join REI this winter for three different outdoor excursions happening throughout the week and on the weekends all winter long. Who knows, you might just find something new you enjoy about the season.

For those who don’t fancy racing down a mountain on skis, REI is planning guided full moon hikes, wilderness survival classes, and snowshoe walks complete with post-hike brews for everyone from the novice to experienced outdoor adventurer.

Here are the details:

Full Moon Hike: Some hiking experience is recommended for the full moon hikes, as night hiking adds an element of difficulty. But the experience will be different as you make your way by moonlight through the peaceful nighttime woods. Hikes will take place starting January 22 in the evening between 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. and will visit Noanet Woodlands, Ward Reservation, and Turkey Hill.

$50, to register and for more information: rei.com.

Wilderness Survival: These classes are designed for those who like to spend time outdoors during the winter and will teach practical tips and strategies for any type of winter emergency—like how to make a shelter and how to build your own emergency kit. The class will also include interactive practice simulations to hone your skills. They take place on the weekends, starting January 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and lasting until March 20, at Ward Reservation, Rocky Woods, and Noanet Woodlands.

$85, to register and for more information: rei.com

Snowshoe Walks: Explore the winter landscape of Rocky Woods in Medfield—a Trustees property with 6.5 miles of trails and varied terrain that includes a former quarry site as well as multiple ponds and a 435-foot hill—on snowshoes. You don’t need any previous experience on snowshoes, but be prepared to hike 2-4 miles. All gear will be provided by REI and the price for the outing also includes shared appetizers and a post-hike brew at the Raven’s Nest, a local eatery in the area. Hikes will start on January 29 and take place every Tuesday through February.

$75, to register and for more information: rei.com