The OutdoorsFEST seeks to acquaint (or re-acquaint) people with the outdoors — and the amazing opportunities for adventure that we have in the Pacific Northwest. This free event features demos, skills clinics, a family zone, climbing wall, gear swap, and more!
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Saturday, September 8, 2012 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
More info: www.mountaineers.org
In the pursuit of getting people outdoors, The Mountaineers will again be bringing the outdoors to the peoplewith its Third Annual OutdoorsFEST presented by Hilleberg The Tentmaker on Saturday, September 8 at The Mountaineers Program Center in Magnuson Park.
If you are just getting acquainted with what the Pacific Northwest offers to the outdoor adventurer, if you want to find out how to enhance your outdoor experience, or you simply want to start from square one, The Mountaineers OutdoorsFEST and its sponsors welcome you. Feel free to try new activities, take a course, become a Mountaineers member or simply discover what makes Washington state such a mecca for outdoor adventure.
Indoor and outdoor climbing walls (bring your chalk bag and rock shoes!), clinics, a family activity zone, a gear swap, gear demos, book sale, outdoor gear vendors with their latest innovations, and conservation groups will all fill the Program Center grounds from 10 am to 5 pm in the northwest expanse of Magnuson Park along Lake Washington. The best part of all: it is FREE! Bring as many friends and family members as you can.
- Skills clinics: Weather and the Ten Essentials, Crack Climbing (on real rock), Hand Taping, Prusiking Race, How to Belay, Intro to Hiking, Wilderness First Aid, Hiking with Kids to name just a handful.
- Family activity zone: Children can try rock climbing, learn about endangered species and conservation/stewardship through hands-on activities.
- Trail cooking demos: Amy Pennington, author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening, will show you how to whip up tasty cuisine for the trail and let you sample some of her favorites. She will also be available to sign books and answer questions.
- Buy or Sell Gear: The Gear Swap will be brimming with gently used outdoor equipment; take advantage of the bargains or bring your no longer needed gear to sell. Proceeds from Gear Swap will benefit The Mountaineers Access Program, providing course scholarships to underserved youth.
- Keynote speaker David Morton: The First Ascent guide and expedition photographer takes the stage to share images and stories of his remarkable adventures. Morton has led expeditions to all of the Seven Summits as well as to Mongolia, Mexico and Bolivia. In spring of this year he returned to Everest to make an attempt on the West Ridge as part of a commemorative expedition honoring the 1963 American Ascent.
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