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College offers adventure summit

A Mt. Hood Community College program wants to help outdoor adventurers find deeper purpose in their pastimes by connecting them to philanthropic causes.

The college plans its first Adventure with Purpose Summit on March 18 on the campus at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

This free event, inspired by the loss of adventurers, brings together athletes, companies and organizations that use outdoor athletic events, adventures and expeditions to serve good causes. It will be topped with a film festival at McMenamins Edgefield featuring the new 'Hood to Coast' movie.

Ten years ago Mt. Hood Training Coordinator Robert Weinman lost his brother James in a mountaineering incident in South America. 

'After losing my brother, I decided to build bigger purpose in my future adventures other than just diversion and personal goals. In 2007 I co-founded BeachwalkProject

.com (BWP), and traveled the East Coast by foot and kayak for clean water. While organizing BWP I discovered there were hundreds of athletes who had established similar programs to honor a life-changing event or loss of a loved one,' Weinman said.

He decided to bring athletes and programs under one roof to celebrate their common passions, share practices and connect with the next generation of outdoor athletes and leaders. Working with Bryan Anaclerio, director of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program at Mt. Hood and a team of students, Weinman developed Adventure with Purpose.

The event includes presentations from athletes and event coordinators, and a lunchtime expo with information tables on events, expeditions, organizations and outdoor retailers. It will close Friday night with a film festival at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale. A collection of short films will be followed by the 'Hood to Coast' feature.

Presenters include professional kite-boarding instructor and advocate Tonia Farman, co-founder of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, a nonprofit organization she established after losing her brother, Scott, to leukemia in 2007.

Since its first event in August 2007, the organization has expanded to include stand up paddling, kayaking and special camps. Under the n­ew name of Athletes for Cancer, the organization has built a strong relationship with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and in one weekend raised $71,000 with the 2010 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event.

Additional presenters include mountaineer filmmaker Lance Trumball of the Everest Peace Project, Debbie Marcinkowski of Climb For Hope and Colin Stapp from Climb to fight Breast Cancer. Organizations include American Lung Association, Willamette Riverkeeper and Surfrider Foundation. Also in attendance will be local outdoor retailers, guide services and outdoor education programs such as Alder Creek Kayaks and Mount Hood Meadows.

Bryan Anaclerio, director of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program at the collge, helped develop Adventure with Purpose.

'The Pacific Northwest has some of the most radical mountains, trails, rivers and coastline in North America,' he said. 'It has inspired some of the best athletes and organizations in the outdoor industry. It's not surprising that it would also lead the way in the rising trend of creating philanthropic outdoor adventures. Our plan for this event is to bring this group together, encourage more adventures with purpose and connect students and the community with their efforts.'

To learn more about or register for this free event visit mhcc.edu/awp/.

If you go

• Summit at Mt. Hood Community College - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Lunchtime Expo - noon to 2 p.m.

• Film Festival, McMenamins Edgefield - 7 to 9 p.m.

• Pre-registration required. Call 503-491-7235