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Saturday, February 24th at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal
See full EXPO details here

In addition to 70 outdoor recreation exhibitors, there will also be demos, speakers and other special events throughout the day. 

DEMO Schedule

Downstairs, in the dome next to StrEAT Food

Time

Business

Topic

12:30

Fit School, Inc.

3-Minute Core Workout, stretching for lifetime flexibility

1:00

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club

See Different types of cross country skis & learn where and when to use each type

1:30

Whatcom Rowing Association

Come test out an erg (rowing machine) and get a sense for the sport.

2:00

Arc’teryx Seattle

Taking care of your gore-tex

2:30

Yeager’s Sporting Goods

Ski & snowboard maintenance basics

3:00

Washington Trails Association

Hiking Basics

3:30

Prime Massage and Sports Medicine

Injury prevention through self massage tools and techniques

4:00

Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures

Wild Foraging from a Kayak 

SPEAKER Schedule

Thank you to Village Books for hosting our Expo presentations. Please join them for book signings after each presentation as well. 

1:00
Susan Conrad presents her book, Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage
In the spring of 2010, Susan Marie Conrad scaled her world down to an 18-foot sea kayak and launched a solo journey that took her north to Alaska. With no sense of where she belonged in space and unreconciled feelings of a painful childhood following her, she decided that instead of running away, she would run toward her dreams. Her adventure took her along the western coast of North America, through the Inside Passage–a 1,200-mile ribbon of water–in a journey of the sea and soul.
2:00 Leif Whittaker presents his memoir, My Old Man & the Mountain
My Old Man and the Mountain is Leif Whittaker’s engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker”–the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. Readers learn of his first adventures with family in the Olympic Mountains and on Mount Rainier; his close yet at times competitive relationship with his brother Joss; his battle with a serious back injury; and his efforts to stand apart from his father’s legacy. 
Well-known guides Dave Hahn and Melissa Arnot figure prominently in his story, as does “Big Jim.” But Leif’s story is not his father’s story. It’s a unique coming of age tale on the steep slopes of Everest and a climbing adventure that lights the imagination and fills an emotional human endeavor with universal meaning.
3:00 Craig Romano presents his guidebook, Urban Trails Bellingham: Chuckanut Mountains, Western Washington, Skagit Valley 
Urban Trails: Bellingham is one of the first guidebooks in a new series to trails that are close to town. The series is aimed at those of us looking for an accessible nature outing, trails we can get to quickly, via public transportation or a short drive, that offer a quality outdoor experience without the need for special gear or major effort. These are trails perfect for families, first-time trail users, or athletes looking for a quick fix after work. Urban Trails: Bellingham focuses on the trails and parks in and around Bellingham, including the Chuckanut Mountains and Skagit Valley.
4:00  
John Kuntz presents his 250-mile paddle on the Columbia River
Life is always an adventure and in 2017, adventurer and owner of Olympic Outdoor Center John Kuntz, solo kayak paddled from Revelstoke BC to Kettle Falls, Washington a distance of around 250 miles on the Columbia River. The paddle encompassed everything from remote wilderness, large open water lakes, technical whitewater rapids, challenging hydro dam portage, US border crossing with a kayak, close wildlife encounters, solitude and adventure, unparalleled beauty, and personal mental and physical challenges. 
The featured title for this presentation will be Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River by John Roskelley.

SPECIALS:

Smokey Bear – come say hi and take your photo with Smokey Bear near the front entrance from 3-4pm

Dinger – the Bellingham Bells Mascot will be back. Say hi from 2-3pm

Geocaching Adventure – stop by the Geocaching table to get started – there will be 5 geocaches on site at the EXPO and a prize when you’ve found them all.

SMC & AAI rescue demo  – look up! You won’t be able to miss it.

E-bike test rides: Stop by the Earl’s bike shop booth outside to test ride e-bikes.

Used boat sale: Visit Olympic Outdoor Center in front of the main entrance for some great deals on used boats.

Tour discounts: Book a trip at the Expo with Dragonfly kayak tours and receive 15% off

Adaptive Cycling: Test out at adaptive bike at the Outdoors for All table

Maritime Display – Be sure to check out the artifacts on display from the Whatcom Maritime Association near StrEAT Food. 

Boundary Bay Brewery – Stop by the Boundary Beer corner upstairs to quench your thirst. All proceeds support Recreation Northwest and the EXPO – cash only.

StrEAT Food – Hungry? The StrEAT Food Cafe will be serving their delicious food during the EXPO. 

 

And here are some fun things happening in town that you may want to check out:

Tulip Trekkers volkswalk, 9:45am

Mt Baker Bike Club donut ride, 7:30am

Brewery Tours at Stones Throw on the hour from Noon – 5:00pm

 

 

 

 

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