REI's passion for the outdoors runs deep and we are kicking off PAF with inspiring outdoor adventure through film. Films will include I Am Here, featuring Yesenia who grew up in the apple orchards of Hood River; How to Run 100 Miles, Trail Angel and more. Join us as we share stories of adventure and inspiration that are changing the narrative of what it means to push limits, challenge assumptions and break barriers.
The evening will include a bucketed raffle—put your ticket in the bucket of the prize you want to win!—with prizes from PAF sponsors.
So come on out, get yourself some tasty food and drinks, and settle in for a night of movies that’ll get you inspired to push yourself to your next limit.
I Am Here
“My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. As a child, she played sports but never knew about outdoor recreation, despite being surrounded by Mount Hood and hundreds of miles of trails. Her first pivotal outdoor experience was going to Multnomah Falls, a roadside stop outside Portland. “I didn’t know what you needed in order to do that stuff. Did you need a permit, a ticket? It wasn’t until college that I realized that all the trails and outdoors were free for all of us to use.” Watch Yesi's journey to climb Mount St. Helens and pursue her American dream.
Women in Fire
Less than 10% of firefighters are women. But what these women lack in numbers, they make up for in guts and inspiration, paving the way for the next generation of women firefighters.
Many people look to the outdoors to find peace of mind. For Paul Stiffler, better known as Ponytail Paul, the Appalachian Trail and its thru-hikers have been the therapeutic force needed to turn his life around. Paul has taken on a role as “Trail Angel” to help thru-hikers on their 2,186-mile journey and help himself find a new sense of purpose in the process.
How to Run 100 Miles
How to Run 100 Miles follows two normal guys as they train for and run their first ultramarathon,100-mile race. Running isn't something that comes naturally to them or to most of us, but at least they have each other. You’ll laugh, you'll cheer and you'll probably get a lump in your throat.