Community Spotlight: OutdoorFest & MappyHour

Do you like beer? Do you like the outdoors? Those two selling points is how I met Sarah Knapp, the founder of OutdoorFest and Mappy Hour.

Sarah seen smiling while carrying a crash pad on her back for outdoor climbing (Photo credit: Ismael Lopez)

Sarah seen smiling while carrying a crash pad on her back for outdoor climbing (Photo credit: Ismael Lopez)

Mappy Hour

A happy hour for the outdoor community. Want more? Check out the site: www.MappyHour.org

Once a month, a community of outdoor enthusiasts gather at a bar, non-profit office (like Stoked), or store and learn about a topic: kayaking in the city, outdoor photography, instagramming surfers.

One of the best parts, besides free beer, is that the speaker is often someone from the Mappy Hour community. You can easily walk up after the talk and find out more details or ask them if they want to go on a trip this weekend.

Mappy Hour chapters currently exists in New York City, Washington D.C., Denver, Austin, Calgary, and Los Angeles. See the full list here.

Don't see your city listed? Check out the FAQ on how to start a chapter. Trust me, it's worth it (and free).

The start of OutdoorFest's 5K campout run

The start of OutdoorFest's 5K campout run

OutdoorFest

A 10 day event celebrating the outdoors. You can learn more on the website: OutdoorFest.com

How do you live in the city as an outdoor enthusiast? That is the underlying question that helps drives OutdoorFest's events such as kayaking, surfing, beach clean ups, sailing along the Hudson, and orientation classes in Prospect Park. 

Setting sail along the Hudson River during OutdoorFest

Setting sail along the Hudson River during OutdoorFest

Ahh!!! I get excited thinking about it.

OutdoorFest kicks off this year with a campout, night trail race, yoga, and concert out on Staten Island (register here).

In the past I have sailed along the Hudson river with Atlantic Yachting. Out in Prospect Park, a group of us had an entire orientation challenge set up where we learned how to use a map and compass. And, of course, the end of each day you grab drinks with friends to hear what everyone else was up to.

 

There is an activity for almost every interest and skill level offered throughout OutdoorFest.

Since this month's theme is How to Hike The World, these two community groups are a place to meet others who are looking to get outside and hike those mountains. The outdoor urban dweller does exist and Sarah help makes it easier to find them.

Psst. Also a total badass that made it into Outdoor Magazine (read the article).

Community Spotlight is a column highlighting groups of people and individuals that help get others to be truer versions of themselves. If you would like to nominate someone please reach out.

P.S. Sarah in not a T1D but is super awesome <3