Seminars & Speakers

Seminars & Speakers




Thank you to our 2019 Seminar Presenters for making this first event a huge success!

Explore the Outdoors Expo is a comprehensive showing of all things related to the outdoors!

This gives you an idea of Seminars and Speakers.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Pope & Young

Pope & Young: BOOTH 75
Scoring by: John Verzuh
John Verzuh from Pope and Young will be at the Exploring the Outdoors Expo to measure your racks. Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm. So feel free to bring in your racks and get them scored (Rifle or Bow). The Pope & Young Club is recognized as the official repository for records on bow-harvested North American big game animals. Together with the Boone & Crockett Club, the Pope & Young Club maintains the universally-accepted scoring system and sets the standards for measuring and scoring NorthAmerican big game.


Mule Deer Mounting Demo
Presented by: Southwest Taxidermy – Stop by and see how taxidermy is done. Mule deer mounting demonstration All Day Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibit Hall.


Bass Fishing Pro
Presented by: Bill Brown
All Day Saturday and Sunday
Bill Brown will be on hand to help you with your questions and to demo casting in the Exhibit Hall at the Mattas and Sportsman’s Warehouse booths.

Palisade plunge Prez.
The Palisade Plunge!
Presented by: Scott Winans of COPMOBA
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 9 am
Come learn about The Palisade Plunge concept, planning, partnerships, and execution of the trail, connecting the top elevations of the Grand Mesa to the Valley floor.

Riding an E-Bike 
Presented by: Colorado Ebikes
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 9 am
Come learn the basics of how an electric assist bike, a trike works and how an e-bike can increase your workout no matter what level of fitness you are.

Backcountry Basic First Aid
Presented by: Geoff Mattson 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 9:30 am

Enhance your ability to take care of injuries that occur in the backcountry, away from immediate medical care. This session will help you understand what equipment you need to have on your adventure and will demonstrate how to properly utilize those tools and improvise without some. We will also talk about ways to prepare for your next trip and help support Search and Rescue personnel should you need those services.

Search & Rescue MattsonGeoffrey Mattson: Geoff lives and works in Grand Junction and has been with Mesa County Search and Rescue for approximately four years and is currently an active member of the Ground Team, the Swiftwater Rescue Team, and the Standards Committee, which organizes and conducts training for the team. Geoff also works with the Clifton Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT. In addition to his public safety work, he is an executive level employee for Doyle Trading Consultants and is an avid outdoor enthusiast with interests in rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing.


DonnyHunting with Primitive Weapons!
Presented by: Donny Dust
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 10:30 am

Learn how our early ancestors used primitive weapons to hunt game as large as mammoths and as small as rabbits. Across America, a rewilding is taking place hunting with ancient techniques and methods. Learn and discuss these hunting techniques and weapons with Donny Dust; one of the nation’s premier primitive hunters, gathers and scavengers today. Discussion on hunting with the Self Bow, Atlatl, Rabbit Stick and Stone Sling.

Donny Dust owns and operates Paleo Tracks Survival, Colorado’s premier survival, and wilderness self-reliance school. Donny is a true practitioner of primitive technologies, bushcraft, and survival. Donny has nearly two decades worth of outdoor survival skills and primitive living skills experience. His primitive living and survival experiences extend into all geographies of the world; specifically, the remote jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of the Middle East and the snowcapped mountains of North America. Donny has served in the United States Marine Corps and can be found living in many of the remote regions of the Rocky Mountains when he is not teaching.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Outreach Program
Presented by: Kathleen Tadvick
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 10:30 am
The CPW Hunter Outreach Program seeks out people with non-hunting backgrounds. We offer clinics, seminars, advice, and educational hunts for novice hunters of all ages. Our educational programs appeal to diverse interests and levels of ability. We can help you make the most of your hunting pursuits, or help take you through the first steps towards becoming a part of our hunting community.

Authon Karen Risch Explore the Outdoors ExpoAmazing Rescues:
Presented by: Karen Risch
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 11 am
No Individual Heroes is the newly published book of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team and their multitude of amazing rescues, which Out West Books carries, authored by Karen Risch. She has created and sold a Hiking Trails of Ouray County and the Uncompahgre Wilderness Map and Guide for the Ouray Trail Group as well as a Hiking Ouray With Kids—And Everyone Else guidebook for the past 18 years. Currently, she writes a monthly column for the Ouray Plaindealer called From the Ground Up on weather and gardening.

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Camping Off-the-Grid:
Presented by: Humphrey RV
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 12:00 pm

Understanding solar and generator power. Jon Hansen is our shop foreman and will use his knowledge in solar and generator power. He will be explaining the advantages of solar power and how to pick which application best fits your needs. He will discuss battery bank sizes, inverters and matching battery banks to solar panel applications size that will suit your needs. He will also be discussing how to utilize generator power to replenish your batteries and to be able to have the comforts of 120-volt shore power to your coach while in the woods.


GRAND JUNCTION SUBARU

Pro-Cyclist: Alexis Skarda – Downhill Mountain Bike Champion
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 12 pm
Sponsored by: Grand Junction Subaru

Alexis has been racing on the professional cross-country mountain bike circuit for six years. Alexis moved to Grand Junction to attend CMU for the cross country and track team but then she found a passion for mountain biking her Jr. year after being injured. Alexis then decided to pursue her dream to become a professional mountain bike athlete. Winning a Pro Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) race and representing the USA at the World Championships. Besides racing Alexis likes to give back to the community by teaching clinics and coaching at CMU for the woman’s mountain bike team.


Ironman: Adam Sczech – Cycling Pro
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 1 pm

Sponsored by: Grand Junction Subaru

Adam is an IRONMAN Certified Coach, USAT Level I Certified Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and VFS Master Bike Fitter based out of the Western Slope of Colorado. Adam has years of experience coaching beginners, juniors, elites, and clubs as well as a year focusing specifically on special needs athletes. Adam’s expertise with bike fitting is extensive with over 15 years and 8,000 fits for athletes that include two world record holders, a national champion, several IRONMAN Pro/Age Groups winners and an ITU winner. He has completed several full and half Ironman races, as well as numerous Olympic and Sprint races. Adam grew up competing in speed skating and hockey in the midwest before playing football in high school and college.  After an injury in college football, he took up road cycling and competed on the road and track until making the switch to triathlon in 2009. Endurance sports is Adam’s passion!


Colorado Fishing: Gunnison River – Headwaters to Tailwater
Presented by: Joel Evans
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 1 pm

A Fly Fishing Tour of the Gunnison River

The snow packed peaks of western Colorado provide the geography and the water for an abundance of rivers and lakes – a lifetime of fly fishing packed into a small geographic area.

Tour the Gunnison River trails and access points from high country creeks, to the upper Gunnison above the reservoirs, to the deep canyon of the Black Canyon National Park, and to the lower Gunnison tailwater.  Each section has unique fishing features with a different season and fishing opportunities.  It’s not just the fish – it’s also the landscape, the history, the solitude, the wildlife, and yes, the fish.

 


 Fly Fishing Basics
Presented by: Gary Barnhart
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 1:30 pm
If you want to take your fly fishing to the next level, you will need an understanding of basic fly fishing. Come learn the basics of the life cycle of insects so you know what fly to tie on your line and so much more.


Trent and Kristen Blizzard, Mushroom seminar
Mushroom Foraging 101 (High Country Edible Mushrooms)
Presented by: Trent and Kristen Blizzard
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 2:30 pm
Learn to find choice edible mushrooms in Colorado’s high country: Porcinis, Chanterelles, Morels & more. Did you know that Colorado is home to a natural bounty prized by chefs everywhere? These native culinary delights live at about 10,000 ft in coniferous forests all around us – wild mushrooms! Trent & Kristen Blizzard, founders of www.modern-forager.com, will open your eyes to our fungal friends, sharing pictures, advice, tips and maybe even a few secret spots to help you find baskets of success in 2019. Learning to hunt wild mushrooms is easier than you might think!
Trent and Kristen are passionate foragers that travel around the United States searching for edible mushrooms. Based in Glenwood Springs, they especially like searching for wild mushrooms in the Grand Mesa NF. They are the authors of Burn Morels of the Pacific Northwest and are certified by the State of Colorado as Mushroom Identification Experts.  Visit them at www.modern-forager.com.

Casting for Recovery®
Presented by: Marlene Collins
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 2:30 pm

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.


How to Fish Big Water
Presented by: Jeff Powles
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 3:00 pm

Jeff Powles is the founder of Fish On Colorado which is a full-service fly fishing outfitter.  Jeff has been fly fishing the waters of the Colorado, Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers since he moved to Colorado in 2007 and built a wooden dory. He has a passion for fly fishing which led him to start Fish On Colorado. Through his guide service, Jeff is able to share his love of the sport and the beautiful nature that Colorado has to offer with others. Jeff has spent countless days on the water with clients and friends fine tuning “How to Fish Big Water”. Come and learn from the best how not to be intimidated by big, wide and deep rivers. He will show you the best techniques and equipment needed during this seminar.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Mule Deer Mounting Demo
Presented by: Southwest Taxidermy – Stop by and see how taxidermy is done. Mule deer mounting demonstration All Day Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibit Hall.


Pope & Young

Pope & Young: BOOTH  75
Scoring by: John Verzuh
John Verzuh from Pope and Young will be at the Exploring the Outdoors Expo to measure your racks. Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm. So feel free to bring in your racks and get them scored (Rifle or Bow). The Pope & Young Club is recognized as the official repository for records on bow-harvested North American big game animals. Together with the Boone & Crockett Club, the Pope & Young Club maintains the universally-accepted scoring system and sets the standards for measuring and scoring North American big game.


Bass Fishing Pro
Presented by: Bill Brown
All Day Saturday and Sunday
Bill Brown will be on hand to help you with your questions and to demo casting in the Exhibit Hall at the Mattas and Sportsman’s Warehouse booths.

Preparing for Altitude:

Presented by: Michael Aschmann of Beyond The Giant
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 10 am

Many may look at a volcano from a distance but, one group of local rock climbers decided to take a different approach.  They decided to climb four volcanoes all in an effort to help victims of sex trafficking. Come learn how to prepare your body whether it’s a Colorado 14er or a twenty thousand foot peak in another part of the world.


FungiForest Fires + Morels = Buckets of Fungi (How to find Burn Morels in Old Forest Fires)
Presented by: Trent and Kristen Blizzard
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 10:30 am
Learn how to find buckets of morels in last year’s burns by locating the right terrain, elevation, aspect and forest types.
Forest fires are a tragic event, but there is a silver lining. As the forest regenerates in the years following a burn, morels grow like crazy in the charred terrain. Learn how to locate and collect these choice edible fungi in Western Colorado. Special attention will be given to online maps and pre-foraging research.
Visit them at www.modern-forager.com.

Palisade plunge Prez.
The Palisade Plunge!
Presented by: Scott Winans of COPMOBA
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 10:30 am
Come learns about The Palisade Plunge concept, planning, partnerships, and execution of the trail, connecting the top elevations of the Grand Mesa to the Valley floor.

Backcountry Basic First Aid
Presented by: Sarah Eller
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 11:30 am

Enhance your ability to take care of injuries that occur in the backcountry, away from immediate medical care. This session will help you understand what equipment you need to have on your adventure and will demonstrate how to properly utilize those tools and improvise without some. We will also talk about ways to prepare for your next trip and help support Search and Rescue personnel should you need those services.

Sarah Eller has been serving with Colorado Search and Rescue since 2010. She has kept her wilderness medicine certification current while serving with SAR.  Sarah also spends time in the backcountry with youth and enjoys spending time helping others get outdoors.  She loves to backpack and hike with her dogs and husband Mikey.  She also spends time on the river and creating art.

The ABCs of CBD for an Active Colorado Lifestyle:
Presented by: Wacey Clarke, Owner & Founder of Colorado Hemp Solutions
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 12 pm

Wacey Clarke will be presenting information and answering questions to help you navigate the new and rapidly expanding CBD industry. With an emphasis on how CBD can support an active lifestyle, he will cover the following topics:

  • What are cannabinoids and what is the difference between hemp derived and marijuana-derived supplements?
  • How can CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids help outdoor enthusiasts of all ages?
  • What are the side effects of cannabinoids?
  • How to talk to your physician about CBD?
  • How do you know what is trustworthy and good medicine, and what is unsafe?

Colorado Fishing: Gunnison River – Headwaters to Tailwater
Presented by: Joel Evans
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 12 pm

A Fly Fishing Tour of the Gunnison River

The snow packed peaks of western Colorado provide the geography and the water for an abundance of rivers and lakes – a lifetime of fly fishing packed into a small geographic area.

Tour the Gunnison River trails and access points from high country creeks, to the upper Gunnison above the reservoirs, to the deep canyon of the Black Canyon National Park, and to the lower Gunnison tailwater.  Each section has unique fishing features with a different season and fishing opportunities.  It’s not just the fish – it’s also the landscape, the history, the solitude, the wildlife, and yes, the fish


Hunting with Primitive Weapons!dust
Presented by:
Donny Dust
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 1 pm

Learn how our early ancestors used primitive weapons to hunt game as large as mammoths and as small as rabbits. Across America, a rewilding is taking place hunting with ancient techniques and methods. Learn and discuss these hunting techniques and weapons with Donny Dust; one of the nation’s premier primitive hunter, gathers and scavengers today. Discussion on hunting with the Self Bow, Atlatl, Rabbit Stick and Stone Sling.

Donny Dust owns and operates Paleo Tracks Survival, Colorado’s premier survival, and wilderness self-reliance school. Donny is a true practitioner of primitive technologies, bushcraft, and survival. Donny has nearly two decades worth of outdoor survival skills and primitive living skills experience. His primitive living and survival experiences extend into all geographies of the world; specifically, the remote jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of the Middle East and the snowcapped mountains of North America. Donny has served in the United States Marine Corps and can be found living in many of the remote regions of the Rocky Mountains when he is not teaching.


Casting for Recovery® Casting Demo
Presented by: Marlene Collins
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 1:30 pm

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.


Stand Up Paddle
Presented by: Elizabeth Fortushniak
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 1:30 pm

Come Learn 5 Reasons why the Grand Valley is a great place to learn how to stand up paddle.  Elizabeth will answer questions on techniques and board types to use in specific types of water.

Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle (GJ SUP) is a company designed to promote and perpetuate a healthy lifestyle by bringing together families and the community in an active, fun and eco-friendly way. GJ SUP is a local woman-owned small business and Business Incubator success story. Services GJ SUP provides are stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals, lake & river lessons, special events, and yoga & fitness classes. We strive to be known as a company that is fully educated on the skills set by the SUP, yoga and fitness industries. We are committed to the continuous education on learning new teaching techniques, while at the same time promoting water safety and environmental stewardship.

 


Fly Fishing Basics
Presented by: Gary Barnhart
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 3:00 pm
If you want to take your fly fishing to the next level, you will need an understanding of basic fly fishing. Come learn the basics of the life cycle of insects so you know what fly to tie on your line and so much more.


THE GIFT OF THE WILD
Presented by: Founder/ Director, Base Camp 40, Warriors In The Wild Paul Bristol
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 3 pm
Come learn about Base Camp 40 and why we do what we do with veterans in the BC40 program.

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