A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

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Fireside Chat #2: Join us with Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire
21 Feb
By 2020Visionquest
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Randy and Brent on a sunny day, taking a pause from biking and doing a fist bump. Randy wears a tie-dye shirt and helmet and Brent's shirt is blue.

Randy and Brent take a break for a snapshot on one of their biking trips.

When: Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 pm

Where: Sign up here for free access to the Zoom link.

My friendship with Brent extends back to 1985 when we met as undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire. There are potentially a few tales from those days but it is our reconnection in the new millennium that has brought about some of our most astounding experiences.

I’ve attended his classes at UNH, presented for him, and in one instance served as assistant for a class concluding in a five-day wilderness adventure with the students. We’ve strategized, learned, and adapted together as hiking, tandem cycling and skiing adventures became rewarding parts of our lengthy repertoire.

Randy and Brent ski on a winter day, wearing bright yellow vests identifying them as a team with visual impairment.

Brent guides Randy on a skiing adventure.

In the second 2020 Vision Quest Fireside Chat event, we’ll initially share some of the same type of comfortable conversation which was so well reviewed in our talk with Michelle Brier of BluePath. I have a handful of questions to challenge Brent before I’ll welcome his chance to put me on the spot as well. We’ll once again invite you to ask either of us what’s on your mind, opening up the floor by the chat panel or live as you prefer. I expect some fun discoveries and reflections as we journey together on Saturday night.

We do have a limit to the number our Zoom channel will allow so please sign up soon to ensure your spot and we’ll be glad to share a cold night by the fire together.

Group shot of hikers posing around a directional sign on a trail. Randy is in the photo with a golden lab guide dog.

Randy with Brent’s class on a 5-day hiking adventure.

Dr. Brent Bell is a professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Outdoor Leadership and Management program where he researches college orientations that utilize outdoor adventures. He is the creator of the Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS), The Outdoor Orientation Benchmarking Survey (TOOBS) and the Outdoor Orientation Program Census. Prior to joining the UNH faculty, Brent directed the First-year Outdoor Program (FOP) at Harvard University and created/directed an outdoor leadership program (Adventure Bound) at New England College in Henniker, N.H. Brent has authored 28 peer-reviewed research articles on outdoor orientation and consults directly with 35 colleges and universities across the U.S. He is dedicated to helping students have meaningful college experiences.

Brent also wrote the foreword to our book, See You At the Summit and proved my confidence in asking him by delivering exactly the message the book needed to start the journey.

Why not start a journey with us this Saturday night?

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