On this episode, Melissa talks with fellow New Yorker, Sarah Knapp, founder of OutdoorFest and Mappy Hour about how she turned her love for the outdoors into a thriving community of fellow city dweller adventure types. Living in the city and loving the outdoors is sometimes hard to reconcile, but Sarah continues to be inspired by and celebrate those in her community who are finding fun and unique ways to get outside and encourage others to do so too. Over the last 5 years, Mappy Hour has grown from one chapter in NYC to 15 across North America.
While walking (in the rain) at the campground home base for OutdoorFest 2019, an annual 10-day celebration of outdoor activities in and around NYC, they talk about what it's like to facilitate others in getting outside and the importance of access to outdoor spaces for all.
Do you live in the city and love the outdoors? Looking for some like-minded buds to adventure with? If so, check out Mappy Hour to see if there’s a chapter near you!
(Originally recorded in May, 2019)