Adventure

Everyone can enjoy the outdoors and the Adventure Summit

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“We want people to know that the outdoors is for everyone,” Yoder said.

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Justin Yoder (right) and husband Patrick Thompson (left) work to ensure the outdoors is for everyone as part of LGBT+ Outdoors – Contributed

Justin Yoder (right) and husband Patrick Thompson (left) work to ensure the outdoors is for everyone as part of LGBT+ Outdoors - Contributed
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Justin Yoder (right) and husband Patrick Thompson (left) work to ensure the outdoors is for everyone as part of LGBT+ Outdoors – Contributed

Saturday’s interactive roundtable – which will address concerns around barriers to entry, pathways to inclusion and challenges for people of color as well as the LGBTQ community – is just one of many presentations from the Summit. The Adventure which runs from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wright State University Student Union.

“The Adventure Summit gives the public the opportunity to plan outdoor adventures, connect with local resources, compete, and be inspired by their neighbors and some of the world’s most exciting adventurers. “said Angela York, Five Rivers MetroParks Special Events Coordinator.

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The Adventure Summit will feature three featured presentations as well as a full lineup of local and regional speakers.

* Journey of Healing: A 3,000 mile paddle from Columbus, Ohio to Key West by Andy “The River Weasel” Gallatin.

Gallatin will share the adventures of his 233-day, 3,052-mile paddle that started in Columbus, Ohio and ended in the Gulf of Mexico. The tough 2017 journey included an encounter with raining snakes, oncoming hurricanes and, even, circling sharks, but there were also personal challenges during the long-distance journey. Gallatin’s epic journey was one of self-discovery as he wanted “to show that alcoholics and drug addicts can recover from addiction and live their lives to the fullest.”

Gallatin will speak Saturday at noon in the Apollo Room. For more on the Ohio native, visit www.riverweasel.com.

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Andy “The River Weasel” Gallatin will be one of the guest speakers at the Adventure Summit – Contributed

Andy "The river weasel" Gallatin will be one of the guest speakers at the Adventure Summit - Contributed
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Andy “The River Weasel” Gallatin will be one of the guest speakers at the Adventure Summit – Contributed

* Fear, Happiness and the Breaking Trail: One Woman’s Journey by Jean-Marie Gossard.

JeanMarie Gossard will share stories of the more than 12,000 miles of long-distance trails she’s hiked over the past few years, including her challenging year-long trek, hiking as much as possible on Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide Trail in one of the heaviest snowfalls. recorded years. Her stories are full of lighthearted realizations, heartfelt truths, and the power of fear, happiness, and breaking our own path to show us who we are and what we are capable of.

Gossard will speak on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the Apollo room. For more information on the long-distance hiker, visit https://jeanmariegossard.wixsite.com/website.

* The Ultimate Journey: A Grandmother and Grandson’s Journey to Visit All the National Parks by Grandma Joy and Brad Ryan.

This intergenerational duo from Ohio has visited 62 of the 63 national parks. The grandson and grandmother plan to complete their quest in 2022 on the heels of their epic Alaskan adventure. The journey began seven years ago when “Grandma Joy”, 92, mentioned to Ryan that she had never seen mountains. Their story of adventure, spontaneity and chasing their dreams has made Grandma Joy an international outdoor celebrity.

The duo will speak at 6:15 p.m. in the Apollo room. To follow their adventures, go www.facebook.com/GrandmaJoysRoadTrip on Facebook.

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Grandmother Joy and her grandson Brad Ryan are the star presenters of the Adventure Summit – Contributed

Grandmother Joy and her grandson Brad Ryan are the star presenters of the Adventure Summit - Contributed
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Grandmother Joy and her grandson Brad Ryan are the star presenters of the Adventure Summit – Contributed

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Other regional and local animators will share their adventures and advice:

  • Through the Hike on Catalina Island by Kelsey Fulton
  • Traveling the Carretera Austral through Chilean Patagonia by Steve Bauerle
  • Walking and Cycling the Portuguese Camino by Michelle and Brian Coleman
  • All Locations You Own: Explore your national parks near the Maitlands
  • The Grand Canyon: Learn, Plan, Go! by Charley Schuerholtz
  • Bailey’s: Ohio’s New Outdoor Adventure Destination by Joe Crowley and Peter Kotses
  • Ohio Loops Hike by Jim Rahtz
  • 50,000,000 a Day: A Record Trip on Ohio’s Buckeye Trail by Everett Brandt
  • The Healing Powers of Nature + Pursuing Our Dreams by Sofia Lopez-Mimendi
  • A tribute to adventurer Allen Johnson by Karla and Carl Brun

Gear up and train

Adventure Summit attendees can do more than listen to the adventures of others, they can prepare to take on their own, as the exhibit includes more than 25 outdoor recreation providers, local clubs and recreation organizations to help you get started. There will also be a used equipment sale, sponsored by the Dayton Hikers. So fueling up for your next adventure will be easy and won’t break the bank.

From morning yoga to cycling and circuit training, Adventure Summit guests will have plenty of ways to work up a sweat in the on-site fitness studio. There’s something for everyone, including lifting for runners and stretching for hikers, paddlers, climbers and all.

Tryout bouldering sessions will also be offered at the WSU climbing gym.

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Guests of all ages can try their hand at a wide variety of activities at the top of the adventure – Contributed

Guests of all ages can try their hand at a wide variety of activities at the top of the adventure - Contributed
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Guests of all ages can try their hand at a wide variety of activities at the top of the adventure – Contributed

Beat you

The Adventure Summit offers three fun opportunities to try their hand at friendly competition.

Enjoy 45 minutes of fun and fitness in the indoor triathlon. Start with a 15 minute run/walk, then pedal for 15 minutes on a stationary bike and finish with a 15 minute swim. It’s a win-win as the proceeds benefit the WSU scholarship campaign.

Competitors of all skill levels can test their skills at Wright State University’s rock-climbing wall on Saturday. The bouldering competition will include men’s and women’s divisions at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Or recruit three of your friends for a friendly game of Canoe Battleship in the WSU Pool. Armed with buckets, each four-person canoe tries to be the last to float after sinking the competition in a fun battle for participants and spectators. Space is limited to eight Wright State University student teams and eight open teams.

For more information on the competitions, visit http://theadventuresummit.com/competitions/.

Before you leave

The full schedule of events and presentations is available at http://theadventuresummit.com. Masks are required inside all Wright State University campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.