The community is invited to the 2018 Adventure Summit, the premier exposition of outdoor culture, skill and experience in the Midwest. This biennial event is produced byFive Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University, and will be supported by presenting sponsor, Wagner Subaru.
This year’s event will be held Friday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wright State University Student Union. Admission and parking are free.
The Adventure Summit gives the public a chance to plan outdoor adventures, connect with resources in the expo, participate in competitions and be inspired by your neighbors and some of the world’s best adventurers. This year will highlight three featured presenters.
Jordan Romero, 21, is the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits, and at age 13 was the youngest to summit Mount Everest. Starting his climbing adventures at just ten years old, Romero summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Denali and more, all before most teens are old enough to obtain a driver’s license.
Additional featured presenters include Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders, 82, who just this past October became the oldest man to complete a thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in one year. Also, Susan Marie Conrad will share her experiences solo kayaking the 1,200-mile Inside Passage, a narrow costal route created by a network of passages along the Pacific Northwest extending through southeastern Alaska.
“Jordan, he’s right around the age of many Wright State students, while Dale has a lifetime of adventures to share,” said MetroParks outdoor recreation program manager Brent Anslinger. “These presenters drive home the idea that adventure knows no age.”
Attendees have the opportunity to listen to the three featured presenters, in addition to over 40 other adventure presentations from local and regional speakers. Local presentations will be hosted throughout the Summit and cover the gamut of outdoor adventures, from hiking in Scotland to bicycling across the United States.
- Jordan Romero: Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.
- Susan Marie Conrad: Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon
- Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders brought to you by Tomfoolery Outdoors: Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.
The public is invited to the Summit Soiree, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co., on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., when guests will be able to enjoy drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres with fellow event goers and featured speakers. Admission is $10/person and available online.
To stay up-to-date on event activities, speakers and exhibitors visit www.theadventuresummit.com/.
ABOUT WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
The mission of Wright State University is to transform the lives of its students and the communities it serves. The university is committed to achieving learning outcomes through innovative, high-quality programs for all students: undergraduate, graduate and professional; conducting scholarly research and creative endeavors; and engaging in significant community service. To learn more about Wright State University, visit www.wright.edu.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).