T3 Spring Thing!
Getting you psyched & prepared for spring outings
part of our Seasonal Outdoor Skills Development Series
for Maine Outing Clubs!
Saturday, March 9th 9:45am-5pm
Windham High School
followed that evening at 7pm by our first showing of the
We will be offering a series of hands-on outdoor skills workshops led by Maine's experts covering a variety of outdoor activities and trip types. You will have the opportunity to participate in 3 different skill-building workshops that you find most relevant to planning your spring outings & enjoying yourself out-of-doors. All trip planning workshops will include information on itinerary planning, food and gear packing and safety. The workshop offerings are as follows, check back often for updated information!
- Backpacking Basics: This workshop will cover everything you need to know to get you out your own backpacking trip. Specific topics covered will include: gear, how to pack a backpack, appropriate clothing and footwear, food, and trip-planning. Additionally, sample trips in New England will be suggested to meet any level of experience and challenge. Taught by Dom Lambek.
- Basics of Wilderness First Aid: Plan ahead and be prepared for a backcountry emergency including basic wound management and splinting. Taught by Eric Duffy RN, WEMT, Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates and Registerd Maine Guide.
- Bike Maintenance: Join the Community Bicycle Center to learn general pre-ride bike maintenance and a few on-trail-in-a-bind repairs for the everyday cyclist.
- Bike Trip Planning: How to pack a bike, good biking protocols and great places to bike in Maine. Taught by Sharon Wilbraham of Bath Cycle and Ski.
- Bomb Proof Base Camping: Base camping is a great way to introduce people to the outdoors and see a variety of places in a short amount of time. The base camp is the place people will come to at the end of the day and it will need to be dry, safe and Leave No Trace. Join Master Maine Guide Bob Myron of Outdoor Leader Trainers of America as he walks you through some of the finer points of building a bombproof base camp; In this hands on learning experience we will tie some functional knots for camp set up, rig a tarp, learn to pack a wet tent and set up an effective camp kitchen. Discussion on teamwork, as well as talk about some quick and easy meals to prepare in the field will be part of this clinic. The session will wrap up with a few ideas of where you can do some amazing base camping in Maine.
- Camp Cooking: One-pot wonders, camp meal planning for groups and stove maintenance. Taught by the Jared Chute of Lincoln Canoe and Kayak's Lincoln Outdoor Center.
- Fresh Water Safety, Planning and Logistics: Gear, boat packing, planning, safety and where to go in Maine on Maine's lakes and rivers taught by Ryan Linehan of the Chewonki Foundation.
Outing Club 101 - for advisors: Itinerary planning, group outfitting, navigation, Leave No Trace, favorite trips and more! Led by our experienced Outing Club Advisors. We highly encourage all advisors to attend this session as it will also be a great place to gather, connect and touch base with other advisors- a rare opportunity!
- Rock Climbing: Harness and shoe fitting, belaying & climbing techniques led by the Windham Outing Club on their rock wall.
- Salt Water Safety, Planning and Logistics: Gear, boat packing, planning, safety, coastal radio protocols and where to paddle in Maine's coastal waterways. Taught by Eric Hanson
Outing Club Advisors: Survey your students about their workshop preferences before you register your group! Download the workshop preference sheet!
For those staying to watch the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, an open climbing session will be offered by the Windham Outing Club during the time between the end of the Spring Thing! and the Film Festival.
Bring a bag dinner and climb!
Check out Pictures from the Spring Thing Here!