Experience the great outdoors … indoors!

Adventure Speaker Series inspires attendees to “Get Out and Live”

 By Val Beerbower

When winter has the Miami Valley in its grip, it gets easier to hunker down on the sofa and channel surf. But if the idea of “adventure” has amounted to no more than Iron Chef marathons, perhaps it’s time to shake things up a bit. Five Rivers MetroParks has teamed up with Wright State University to present the Adventure Speaker Series. The lineup of local and national adventurers should be enough to ply people from their couch cushions and into the auditorium at either Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark or the student union at Wright State University.

The action kicked off Jan. 8 with Dayton-native Eleanor Moseman describing her 15,000-mile bicycling journey across Asia. Up next is a film featuring athletes who overcame physical limitations to take their adventures to the next level. “The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising” will play from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Wright State University. “Sometimes in the middle of winter, it can seem like warm weather will never return,” said Outdoor Development and Special Events Coordinator Tom Helbig. “We put on the Adventure Speaker Series and biennial Adventure Summit during winter to get people inspired to ‘Get Out and Live,’ and we chose this lineup of speakers to demonstrate how it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you can experience a great adventure or at least get a taste of what it’s like through our speakers’ presentations.”

The Adventure Speaker Series is a biennial event, switching off between years with The Adventure Summit. Similar to the speaker series, The Adventure Summit features presentations about outdoor adventure, plus retail exhibitors and activities to try. The 2012 Adventure Summit featured kayaking, wall climbing, yoga and other fitness activities to try, plus competitions and a keynote address by Gary Fisher, the “father” of mountain biking. The next Adventure Summit will take place in February 2014 at Wright State University. The next outdoor adventure event scheduled is the Midwest Outdoor Experience, which takes place Oct. 4-5, 2013, at Eastwood MetroPark.

Outdoor recreation fans can keep up-to-date on the latest activities and events by “liking” the “Get Out & Live” page on Facebook (facebook.com/MetroParksRecreation), or subscribing to the outdoor recreation e-newsletter. Visit metroparks.org/parkways to get to the publication page, and use the form on the right-hand side to subscribe to any Five Rivers MetroPark newsletter.

The Adventure Speaker Series is free to attend. Parking is available at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark and Wright State University. For more information, including maps, directions and links to the speakers, visittheadventuresummit.com or call 937.277.4374.


Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Wright State University, Apollo Room, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

“The Movement” is the story of one man returning to the mountain where his life was changed forever. He receives inspiration in his quest from four people who overcame physical disabilities to discover the freedom of movement. Peppered with humor and drama, this is a story of people who face adversity with an intense inner fire. Following the movie, a panel of local adaptive skiing experts will discuss how their lives have been impacted by sport.


Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.

Henry Dorfman is a co-founder of Paddlefest Cincinnati and founder of Cincypaddlers.org, the largest local paddling club in the country with over 2,200 members. In that capacity, he has led hundreds of sea kayak and whitewater paddling trips from Canada to Central America and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 2011, he set a record by kayaking on all five Great Lakes within a span of five consecutive days.


Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Wright State University, Apollo Room

In 2004, Christine successfully and miserably climbed Mt. Rainier during a six-day climbing seminar with RMI Guides. The question of how well she does at high altitudes was answered: “Bad!” In 2008, she went back to happily backpack around the mountain on the lower elevation Wonderland Trail, which became one of her favorite trails. Come take the journey “Up and Around Mt. Rainier!”


Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Wright State University, Apollo Room

What’s “Additive Adventure”? It’s the term the Adventure Speaker Series’ featured speaker uses when adventure extends beyond exploration to create cultural and environmental connection. From climbing impeccable first ascents in Namibia, to climbing vertical grass for science in Mozambique to treading the fine line of vertical legality in Ethiopia and Cuba, Additive Adventure takes a global look at the individual’s role in larger issues and communities. Can the grandest adventure create the smallest conversation with the largest impact? Can being a global citizen begin with a climb? Can your passion lead you to your greatest impact? If you said yes, then we’re all bound for a more globally integrated tomorrow.

Reach DCP freelance writer Valerie Beerbower at ValerieBeerbower@DaytonCityPaper.com

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