Adventure professionals gathered from around the Pacific Northwest at The Clymb headquarters in Portland on August 18, 2015, for the second installment of a new kind of AdventureConnect. The fun and lively space provided by The Clymb gives adventure enthusiasts and adventure company representatives the chance to get to know each other and form new partnerships and friendships.
Attendees were treated to stories from polar explorer Dixie Dansercoer and his wife Julie Brown. Dixie has been to the poles more than 30 times, including a record-breaking trip on the longest non-motorized expedition to the South Pole. He gave the audience a lesson in sustainability that he gives to schoolchildren: describing how a polar expedition over 3 months long produces only 1.3 pounds of garbage.
A favorite anecdote Julie shared was the time she was on a phone call with Dixie when he was in the Arctic. “You’re breaking up,” Julie said when she heard what she thought was static on the line. “No,” said Dixie, “that’s a walrus.” The creature was swimming underneath his tent and cracking the ice beneath him with its tusks.
The event was co-sponsored by Travel Massive, who had members from their Portland chapter in attendance, and beer was provided by TripGrid. Michelle Linton, Head of Adventures at The Clymb, coordinated the event onsite and said that the crowd was engaged and energized by the presentation, storytelling and through the casual networking that is a natural part of any AdventureConnect event. “Having Travel Massive as a partner as well as TripGrid provided the icing for a sweet event,” she said.
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