Peninsula - Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association is pleased to host professional backpacker Andrew Skurka, named “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic Adventure, as he presents: “Far, Fast, and Light: 23,000+ miles of Outdoor Adventures” on Tuesday, January 12th and “Lightweight Backpacking & Skills Clinic” an interactive lightweight backpacking clinic held on Wednesday, January 13th.
On January 12th from 7-9 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge Skurka entertains with: Far, Fast, and Light: 23,000+ miles of Outdoor Adventure inspiring the audience by sharing some of his favorite experiences from the American West, Alaska, Iceland, North Country, and Appalachian Mountains. He also reflects on the broader significance and meaning of his experiences, and highlights the life lessons that he's learned along the way, including the importance of pursuing passions, establishing goals, and seizing opportunities. Skurka's narrative is complimented by stunning photography and amusing video clips. A Q&A session will follow the presentation and an assortment of Skurka's lightweight backpacking gear will be on display. Admission: $8 adults, $6 CVNPA members, and $3 children ages 3-12.
On January 13th from 7-9 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge, Skurka presents Lightweight Backpacking& Skills Clinic a hands-on clinic that will show you why and how you can be safer and more comfortable, and have more fun, by carrying less and lighter equipment on your next backpacking trip. His goal will be to give you the knowledge and confidence to enjoy a weekend backpacking trip while carrying no more than 20 pounds of gear, food, and water. The clinic starts with a big-picture discussion about lightweight backpacking: why go light, core principals, steps to lightening up, etc. A demo of lightweight gear follows -- packs, shelters, stoves, clothing, water purification, etc. Finally, Skurka assembles a lightweight kit that is applicable to local conditions and to the audience's backpacking objectives. Registration is required as space is limited. Fee: $20, $15 ED-Venture Group members.
Andrew Skurka is an accomplished 28-year-old outdoor adventurer who since 2002 has trekked over 23,000 miles. His recent projects have been intense, off-trail endeavors through premier wilderness in Alaska, Iceland, the Colorado Plateau, and California. His earlier achievements include two monumental long-distance hiking firsts—the 6,875 mile Great Western Loop and the 7,778 mile Sea-to-Sea Route. Skurka has been recognized as “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic Adventure and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker.
CVNPA is a nonprofit, membership-based organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to provide innovative education and foster community support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For more information on CVNPA please visit www.cvnpa.org
CVNP covers 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva/ or www.dayinthevalley.com or call (216)524-1497 or (800)445-9667.
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Contact: Jocelyn Buckey
(330) 657-2909 ext. 106