BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Rediscovering the Outdoors – a Wilderness Symposium, is a free outdoor adventure series scheduled for this Saturday at the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, where “hiking guy” Greg Bearden will be taking guests on a nature-walk, breaking down the basics of outdoor survival, and giving out free emergency ponchos to the first 50 guests.
Held at 5700 Main Street, the outdoor adventure series will begin at 9 a.m., and repeat every 30 minutes on the half hour until 12 p.m.
“[Those that would enjoy this] I think is going to be those who, at one time, [had] been an outdoor enthusiast,” Beaden said. “We’ll be teaching all the basics on how they can enjoy the outdoors, and do it safely. Here in Spring Hill, we have so many people moving in, and they are just bombarded with the traffic thoughts, and going back and forth to work. When they stop and take a breath, that’s what’s getting them back in here, I think.”
Featuring a roster of experienced instructors, the outdoor series will go over all the basics of outdoor adventuring.
Past Eagle Scout and outdoorsman Matthew Wheatley will be going over knot tying, demonstrating four basic knots that are essential for the outdoor explorer. Jeff Lucas will be going over basic car camping, showing the ins and outs of how to use a vehicle in camping trips.
Reenactor Mark Lewis will have a vintage campsite set up, demonstrating how those in the past survived the wilderness with limited supplies. Former scout Faris Wheatley will break down how to set up an emergency shelter in case of severe weather, a possibly life-saving skill.
Overnight marathon enthusiast Chad Black will teach guests how to make the ultimate survival walking stick, a vital tool in any long outdoor treks. Things will start to get hot with Eagle Scout Phil Burns as he instructs guests on the basics of fire starting, showing what common materials can be used and how.
And lastly, Bearden himself will take guests out on a nature-walk, as well as detail the ten essential items any outdoor hiker should always carry with them.
The event is free to attend, with no registration necessary. Questions may be directed towards Bearden via email at Beardenoutdooradventures@gmail.com.