Steamboat Adventure Show to feature locals’ postcard-worthy travels around the world
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Imagine hanging off a big granite slab in the middle of a southeast Asian jungle, rescuing a sloth from a river in the rainforest or dodging gun-wielding banditos in South America.
It’s time for the annual Steamboat Adventure Show, a gathering where Steamboat Springs-based travelers regale the audience with tales of their great adventures across the world.
Founded by journalist, author and outdoor enthusiast Eugene Buchanan, the May 2 show at the Chief Theater will feature the likes of Matt and Sarah Smith, who took a two-year trip to Patagonia in their Volkswagen van.
“We’re always inspired by other people’s travels and adventures, and we love inspiring other people,” said Matt Smith, a 15-year Steamboat Springs resident who works at ACZ Labs.
And that’s exactly why Buchanan started Adventure Show, to inspire others and to help raise money for Everything Outdoor Steamboat, a nonprofit that gets youth outdoors to find their own adventures.
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“We have about seven or eight people giving 10-minute presentations, and then the audience can stay and mingle and talk to the adventurers,” Buchanan said.
Smith said the best part of the van trip was the people they met along the way.
“We wanted to really interact with locals. When we met really friendly folks, sometimes they’d invite us back to their homes and talk with us and feed us,” Smith said. “It was humbling and touching to have it happen so often.”
What: Steamboat Adventure Show
When: Doors at 5 p.m., show from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Cost: $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Last year’s show sold out, so buy your tickets in advance to ensure you get a seat.
Donations benefit Everything Outdoor Steamboat
This year’s presenters also include Dr. Bryan Scheer, who will talk about his mountain climbs in Indonesia, Antarctica and the Andes with American300, a group that works with wounded veterans and active military. Scheer summited three mountains last year with Purple Heart recipient Ben Breckheimer.
“It’s difficult to pick a favorite mountaineering moment,” Scheer said.
“They’re so different, but when you get up to the top (of Aconcagua in Argentina), you’re looking at the entire southern part of the Andes. It’s the most majestic sight,” Scheer said.
Other speakers include a mountain biker who raced across British Columbia’s most intense terrain, Buchanan’s own adventure paddling Panama’s Bastimentos Marine Park and Costa Rica’s Pacuare River and the Big Agnes employees who garnered national attention by hiking and biking the Colorado portion of the Continental Divide Trail as part of an “office meeting.”
For a full look at the adventurers who are going to share their experiences during the Adventure Show, go to SteamboatPilot.com/adventureshow. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. The show has sold out in past years.
Steamboat Pilot & Today will publish the Adventure Show stories in a special section that will be available at the event.
Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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