Outdoor Adventure Summit


Plan an outdoor adventure. Participate in competitions. Hear from some of the world’s best adventurers. Try new activities. These are just some of what visitors will experience during The Adventure Summit, co-produced by Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University. This year’s event will be held February 12 – 13, 2016 at the Wright State Student Union. Admission and parking are free.

This year’s keynote speakers are Amy Purdy and Luke “Strider” Jordan.

After contracting a rare illness at 19, Amy Purdy underwent a double leg amputation and a life-altering experience. Challenging herself to move on with her life, she attained goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve. Purdy is now a world-class snow boarder, 2014 Paralympic medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, author, actress, model and clothing designer and a testament that the only limits are the ones we place on ourselves. Purdy’s presentation, “Living Beyond Limits,” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. It’s part of Wright State University’s Presidential Lecture Series. (Wright State University’s news release about Purdy’s talk is online.)

Hear a hiker’s journey on the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail, which Strider calls the “crown jewel” of the National Scenic Trail system. From North Dakota to the Adirondacks, Strider’s story about hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail, which runs through Dayton, is about overcoming obstacles to achieve personal growth. Strider’s presentation, “A Thru-Hike of the North Country Trail,” will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, a variety of other speakers will present on topics ranging from hiking the Appalachian Trail and climbing Kilimanjaro to preparing for backcountry emergencies and kayak camping.

Join several competitions by registering in advance (details and costs online) or watch others. The Adventure Summit Triathlon includes a 15-minute run/walk, a 15-minute bike and a 15-minute swim. Participants’ scores will be based on distance “traveled” during the combined 45 minutes. Participants come from throughout the Midwest to participate in the popular Bouldering Competition, testing their skills in a variety of levels. Those participating in Canoe Battleship will compete in teams to sink the opposition’s canoes while bailing out their own.

Take a kayak for a spin in the pool, get a grip on the climbing wall or participate in a fitness session, such as slacklining, yoga or Cross Fit. There’s something for everyone, and because there’s no cost, you can try it risk-free.

Mingle with local, regional and national outdoor-related exhibitors, along with a variety of outdoor clubs, specialty retail shops, outfitters, resorts and more organizations that will help visitors plan for and reach their outdoor adventure goals.

Indeed, The Adventure Summit has something for everyone, from the armchair adventurer to the hard-core enthusiast. In addition to all things outdoors, The Adventure Summit patrons can enjoy live music by a variety of local acts and other activities.

Visit www.theadventuresummit.com for a complete schedule, competition registration, sponsorship details and more information.