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After 7 years and 50 countries as an adventure travel guide I came home to Boston and REI was opening the first east coast store in Reading, Mass.

Seemed like the best place to work while I dealt with culture shock and adjusting to threal world." Soon after REI started REI Adventures and held a contest for two employees to take the first trips. The question, Why should we pick you?

I replied, You shouldn't pick me and won the trip t Macchu Picchu and spent a month in Peru, thanks to REI.

Why shouldn't REi pick me? Well that's another story...Bob Voltz, Dennis Madsen, Mary Bune, Kevin House, Wally Smith, Sally Jewell, John Sheppard


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@BruceWard thanks for sharing this story!

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