Winter’s got us in its icy grips, and as cabin fever sets in, I’d like to point out you have alternatives to more extreme amusement options, such as cat fashion shows or Lifetime movie marathons. Instead, you could get inspired with the Adventure Speaker Series.
Four daring presentations lead up to the apex of the series—the Global Cooling Adventure Show. World champion extreme free skier and actor Alison Gannett has dedicated her life to saving our snow, water, and ecosystems from the devastating effects of climate change. Named an Outside Magazine Green All-Star of the Year, she has designed and built a straw house, converted the world’s first solar-powered 100 MPG SUV, and has led ski expeditions to document glacial recession around the world. Now you can take part in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Wright State University Student Union.
Part of the Presidential Lecture Series, Gannett’s presentation takes you along on her journey to save the world. From straight-lining vertical faces in Alaska to first ascents in Pakistan, Gannett has spent most of her life working on solutions to Global Warming. She has led ski expeditions to document global warming in Bolivia, Argentina, Bhutan, India, South Africa, Pakistan, France, Switzerland, Canada and the US. She also travels the world as a global cooling consultant.
Check out all the upcoming presentations, including this Wednesday’s feature of local explorer Andy Niecamp, who will share his stories of hiking the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail.
The Adventure Speaker Series debuted this year as the biennial rotation with The Adventure Summit, a weekend-long outdoor exploration expo, which will return in 2012. You can learn more about the Adventure Speaker Series at www.metroparks.org/adventuresummit.