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All-day event features guided hikes, workshops, and a talk by noted hiker Anish Anderson
Lara Leilani Matthias
The Appalachian Mountain Club is sponsoring the 5 College Outdoor Festival this Saturday, April 16. The goal is to introduce Hampshire and other Five College students to the many trails in the area, and to local organizations that provide recreational activities. With the exception of an evening talk, by Hannah “Anish” Anderson, all the events are exclusively for college students.
Hampshire students can get together for an afternoon hike by preregistering at the event’s website. A free lunch will be provided for those who preregister, but students may join any trip; they’ll just have to bring their own food.
The festival is organized by Hampshire’s Office of Outdoor Programs, Recreation, and Athletics (OPRA) in conjunction with Joshua Surette, New England National Scenic Trail Planner; and Emily Bedenkop, Trail Projects and Volunteer Coordinator.
Registration for the orienteering race is at the breakfast, which takes place at 9 a.m., and participants are urged to form teams for this.
Highlights of the day’s events are:
The festival began in 2001 to promote collaboration among the Five College outdoor clubs and to bring together students who are passionate about the outdoors. It’s an all-day event featuring many outdoor games and activities, including hikes on sections of the New England Trail.
The New England Scenic Trail, which incorporates the Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock Trail systems, runs right through Hampshire College’s backyard. Spanning 215 miles, it stretches from Long Island Sound, in Connecticut, to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border and winds its way through 41 communities.