All Clinics are first-come, first-served with the exception of the HOKA Trail Experience.
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Natural Habitat Pup Walk & Talk
Friday: 1PM, 3PM Saturday: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM Sunday: 11AM, 2PM
Woof Woof and welcome to Natural Habitat Dog Walkers! We’re Greenville locals with two crazy, high-energy pups of our own who decided to start a dog hiking business as a way to help out other energetic dog owners who need an extra paw. We strongly believe in getting dogs back to their ‘natural habitat’ and providing high quality exercise and mental stimulation to give our furry friends a truly well rounded and enervated experience. We utilize a combination of the great outdoors and our previous training experience to craft new, pawsitive associations and habits and give your pups the hikes of a lifetime! We can’t wait to meet all of our future families but until then, we’ll see you on the trails.
Kids Fishing Clinic
Saturday: 12PM, 2PM Sunday: 1PM, 3PM
Captain Don Dingman, host of the TV Show “Hook the Future” and long-time Captain, leads educational and entertaining fishing clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. Don has a passion for teaching thousands of families annually how to succeed in fishing, while spending quality time in the outdoors with people you love. Join Captain Don for his daily clinics, and watch your kids get hooked on the sport of a lifetime.
Discovering the Outdoors with Jo Hackl
Saturday: 1PM, 3PM
Join Jo Hackl, the award-winning and bestselling author of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe(Random House Children’s Books), to discover everything that mother nature has to offer. From participating in scavenger hunts to creating a nature journal, Jo will lead clinics for kids of all ages to come and discover the outdoors. Alex Garcia, a veteran and experienced instructor in outdoor self-reliance skills, will also be assisting in the clinics as well. With both of these amazing instructors, the clinics will not only be fun and enjoyable, but also beneficial and valuable in teaching countless outdoor skills and techniques.
Coach Caroline Day is a Lupus warrior and two-time Half-Ironman finisher. She has used lifestyle and nutrition changes to affect all aspects of health in herself and others. Caroline lost 50lbs when she began a journey into wellness, which led to the decision to pay it forward as a wellness coach. When Caroline is not coaching, or concocting smoothie recipes, she enjoys cats, bourbon, and Elvis trivia.
Nutrition Strategies for Health and Wellness
Struggling with healthy food choices? Learn how to make better eating decisions and adapt a different approach to nutrition while optimizing your health and wellness.
The Importance of Sleep, Stress Management and Recovery for Optimal Health
Come learn strategies to help manage stress, and focus on getting enough sleep to recover for our next day and be energetic, healthy and happy all week!
Nutrition Strategies for Women as We Age
As we age, we may struggle to stay energetic and manage some of the symptoms of peri- and post-menopause Discover some tweaks to nutrition and lifestyle that can help us stay strong, healthy, and active as we move through the later years.
Nutrition for Athletes
Who is an athlete? Anyone who exercises on Purpose! As athletes – we have specialized nutrition needs to help us fuel that exercise and then recover – to do it all again! Let’s talk about the right types of nutrition strategies to keep us feeling our best and ready for whatever is next.
Wellness Coaching Q&A Session
What is wellness coaching all about – how can it help you, what does it entail and who is a ‘right fit’ for coaching? We will cover Individual coaching, group coaching, and holistic views of health.
Coach Andrew Blackstock is a current professional cyclist and performance and wellness coach for Rocket Revolution. Andrew has 10+ years of cycling experience that he uses to help his athletes. When Andrew is not racing or training you can find him sipping coffee at a local coffee shop or on the river fly fishing. Andrew’s favorite bike is his gravel bike, but he also enjoys his road bike and mountain bike.
Flat Tire Clinic
Learn what tools you need to carry with you, and the tips and tricks to make changing a flat or repairing a puncture easy!
Bike Wash Clinic
Learn the proper way to clean your equipment to keep your investment working through all your fun adventures.
How to Prepare for a Gravel Race
Learn What should you pack for a gravel race? How should you train and acclimate for the event? How to make a timeline for the days leading up to your gravel event.
How to Choose a Gravel Bike
Learn where you spend your budget, and where you can save. How to pick the proper equipment for your training, events, and geography.
Performance Coaching Q&A and RR Swag Giveaway
Come learn what coaching is all about. Do more with less time and energy. Learn why coaching is not just for professionals.
Upstate Archery Academy
If you’ve ever thought about learning to shoot archery? Then Upstate Archery Academy, LLC is the place to go. We have been in business approaching 4 years with the focus of introducing as many people as we can to the sport of archery. Age 9 and up come on out and let Upstate Archery Academy show you how to have fun while safely shooting a bow. We teach everyone from beginners all the way to advanced competitive archers with both compound and recurve bows. We would love to show you what its like to hit the bullseye. If you are interested reach out to us at upstatearcheryacademy.com.
Upstate Archery Academy – Take your best shot!
Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Drop by the Upstate Archery Academy booth and take your best shot. We will have a range setup with certified coaches on hand to allow you to take your best shot. Never shot, that’s ok. Drop by and let our coaches show you how. Have questions about training and classes drop by and let’s talk. We can’t wait to see everyone at the Outdoor Fest.
Mike has led many casting clinics with parent/child duos and disabled vets. He is a recent Sweetwater Guide School graduate and working toward becoming a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor.
Introduction to Fly Casting
Saturday: 11am and 3pm
Sunday: 11am and 3pm
Mike will teach Basic fly casting techniques including body position, grip, and arm position. Learn the two basic casts; the overhead cast and the roll cast and how casting a fly differs from conventional tackle.
Outdoor Eats with Chef Steve Corso
Chef Corso is your culinary guide to outdoor cooking. He is here to lead you down the path to elevated meals while hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, or backpacking. All recipes are fast, easy, mindful of pack weight/volume, require no pre-prep or dehydrating and focus on real fresh ingredients rather than dry, salty, and expensive packaged options.
Outdoor Eats: Elevate your Dinner
Saturday: 12:30 and 2:30pm
Sunday: 12:30 and 2:30pm
Hungry for better recipes? Become the camp kitchen hero with Chef Corso of Outdoor Eats. He will share fast, easy, and tasty recipes ready in 30 min or less that are sure to impress.
What you will learn:
– The best high-flavor ingredients
– Camp stove basics
– Packing Tips & Tricks
– Fast, easy, and tasty outdoor meal options
Get outside. Eat well. Share the tasty experience.
Boyd and Nicole Johnson
Wheel Building Clinic
Friday – 12:30 & 2:30
Saturday – 11:30, 1:30 & 3:30
Located in Gear & Goods 192 & 193
Boyd Cycling co-owners Boyd and Nicole Johnson, a husband-and-wife team, met through professional road racing and started their premium-quality handcrafted wheel business in 2009. Always at the forefront of wheel innovation, they always think of the small things to improve the ride. BOYD Cycling is a worldwide company shipping wheels internationally with a base HQ in Greenville, SC. They continue to develop aerodynamic road, gravel, and Mountain Bike models. From the hub to the spokes to the rim, Boyd and Nicole will explain wheel components and designs while demonstrating the process of wheel making. The advice they offer and what you learn may help take your cycling to the next level!
REI Co Op Experiences
Mountain Biking Skills Session and Trail Ride
Friday: 1pm & 3pm
Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Sunday: 11am and 1pm
Experience the thrill of mountain biking under the care of REI’s enthusiastic and professional guides! We’ll start with a brief skills session to learn and practice shifting, braking, body and pedal position, and navigating minor obstacles. After getting comfortable on the bike, we’ll use all these new skills on a short trail ride. Full suspension mountain bikes and helmets are included.
REI Co Op Experiences
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Enjoy a relaxing paddle tour on the lake! REI’s professional and friendly guides will outfit you with a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP), paddle, and PFD and teach you proper strokes and paddling techniques to ensure you have a great experience on the water. This is a great way to build a new skill set or improve upon what you already know about kayaking and/or SUPing. REI will provide watercraft, paddles, and all necessary safety equipment.
UltiMutt Race Obstacles
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Spend fun bonding time outside with your dog at the UltiMutt Race special event course with five obstacles designed to build owner/dog trust and teamwork: A-frame climb and descent, agility poles, ball tunnel, hay bale hurdles and seesaw ups and downs. Stop by the Noble Dog Hotel and their Canine Healing Project tents to receive signature dog bandanas and information on the therapy dog training initiative. Poop stations available on site.
Vdovichenko Bee Farm
Stop by booth 160 to learn how Beeswax Lip Balm is made. Also learn the art of Beeswax Candle Making. See what a beehive looks like close up (no bees)with frames and hive tools. And try on bee suits to try on for great photo ops.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
REI Co Op Clinics
Stop by the REI tent for the schedule of the day.
THE TEN ESSENTIALS – What to take on Every Hike
Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on a day hike, is an important habit. Learn what ten items you need with you on every hike, plus some extra “nice-to-have” items for back at camp.
GEAR CARE & REPAIR
We’ll highlight some basic tasks to care for and maintain your gear, as well-maintained gear is likely to last longer without needing replacement. Have a small hole in your down jacket? Bring it with you and we’ll provide the patch and teach you how to repair it on the spot!
A good cup of coffee can help start the day off on the right foot. In this short 15-20 minute session, we will share our favorite ways to make coffee in the backwoods.
BASIC CAMPING KNOTS
Learn how to tie knots for everyday use! Knowing how to use a few essential knots can make all the difference on an outdoor adventure. Please note: This class does not cover climbing knots.
What do you need and how do you organize your kitchen gear to create gourmet meals? Please note: This class is about gear and not actually cooking.
TAKING CARE OF THE OUTDOORS
Learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace and the steps we can take to make the outdoors a better place.
Bears are part of the outdoors. We will discuss tips to avoid encountering bears and what to do if you do meet a bear.
DAY HIKING BASICS
Whether hitting the trail for the first time or looking to update your gear, this session is for anyone who enjoys a good day hike.
Captain Ty Mooney
A Northwest Pennsylvania native, Ty grew up chasing northern smallmouth and largemouth bass around clear water lakes and rivers. He spent his childhood and college years traveling his local waters, perfecting and learning all things bass. Roughly six years ago he moved to Western North Carolina to pursue a guiding career with Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman, NC. During college he obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License to share his passion for bass fishing through guiding on lakes in North Carolina as well as South Carolina.
Beginner Bass Fishing Tactics
Saturday and Sunday Noon
This seminar is going to break down a few simple techniques and approaches to catching more bass when starting out. Whether you fish a pond, a lake from shore, or from a boat on a body of water. Come learn everything from setting up a new spinning rod to get the most out of it, to the best baits and tackle for beginner success.
How to Locate Bass on Blueback Herring Lakes
Saturday and Sunday 2pm
Chasing bass on a lake full of blueback herring can often feel like chasing a ghost. Many lakes in the southeastern part of the country are populated by these baitfish, something many anglers can struggle to understand. This seminar will teach you approaches to breaking down your lake to better locate bass feeding on these baitfish during different parts of the year, and different weather conditions. We will also briefly cover the tackle and lures best suited for catching these picky bass.
DIY Teardrop Trailer Q&A
Friday 12:30 pm, Saturday 11:30 am, Sunday 11:30 am
Get a closer look at a completed teardrop trailer and a behind the scenes lesson on how you can build your own tiny camper! Building a teardrop trailer is no small task. You are building a shelter on wheels, that you will be towing on the highway and off road in the backcountry. However, with the right resources and guidance, we believe anyone can confidently and safely build a teardrop trailer! In this clinic we will be answering all your questions about building a teardrop of your own as well as sharing tips and tricks that will help you along the way.
Teardrop Trailer – Cabinet Kit Demo
Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm
Building a tiny camper just got a lot simpler with the help of our DIY kits! In this clinic we will be demoing different aspects of the build process, including assembling the cabinets with our precision cut kits. Be sure to join us and ask any questions you have about teardrop campers or building one yourself!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
“Cruz Outdoors is based in Clemson, SC and provides mobile recreation therapy, outdoor adventure, team building and wellness services. Stop by and visit Cruz Outdoors in the “Recreation Woods” for some therapeutic recreation, team building and slacklining demonstrations and activities.”
Slacklining is both a sport and an art. Slacklining is balancing and doing tricks along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors, most often trees. Slacklining was invented in the early 1980s by two Yosemite rock climbers, Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington. The webbing is from 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5cm) wide and made of nylon/polyester. It is similar to tightrope walking, though differs in the material used and the amount of tension applied (less tension on slacklines).
Southern Garden Solutions
Soil Blocking & Seed Starting – Sustainable, successful seed starting
Friday 12 Noon
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am
Microgreens and Sprouts – Growing healthy greens through the winter season
Friday 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm