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Jan. 30, 2017


Winter Camping Clinics Set for Feb. 7 and Feb. 15

OSWEGO - The organizers of Base Camp Oswego County are planning two orientation clinics for people who would like more information about overnight winter camping at the Feb. 25 base camp event in Oswego County.

The clinics will be led by Base Camp organizers Jake Mulcahey of Oswego, Barb Hartman of Orwell, and Jennifer Mays, founder of Oswego Expeditions, Inc. Clinics will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Mexico Public Library, 3269 Main St., Mexico; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Murdock's Bicycles and Sports, 177 W. First St., Oswego.

Mulcahey has served on the Oswego County Legislature representing the City of Oswego since 2010. A longtime outdoor enthusiast, he is founder of Oswego County Paddlefest, Base Camp Oswego County, and vice president of Pinnacle Builders USA Inc. A US Navy veteran, he is involved in many community organizations and frequently canoes and camps in the Adirondacks with his family. He enjoys backpacking, snowshoeing, hiking and skiing in areas across the U.S.

Hartman has shared her love of outdoor adventure with hundreds of students and friends as an outdoor educator for over 30 years at Wright State University, National Ski Patrol, and as a US Forest Service wilderness ranger. An avid hiker, backpacker, kayaker and Nordic skier she is most content when sharing the joys of the wilderness experience with fellow enthusiasts and more recently with five dogs. Winter adventures have included ski mountaineering and camping in the Tetons, dog sledding on the Yukon River in Alaska and many Nordic ski races.

Mays is founder of Oswego Expeditions, a tour operator that offers kayak, bike, snowshoe rentals and tours, walking and bus tours, fishing excursions and guided Adirondack hiking expeditions. A NYS DEC licensed guide, Mays conducts outdoor recreation and educational experiences throughout Oswego County and other areas of New York State.

Base Camp Oswego County is an annual outdoor recreation event that focuses on winter activities in Oswego County. Base Camp 2017 will be Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe, Route 104, Williamstown.

A variety of free workshops will be held during the day, covering winter survival tips, orienteering and GPS, camp cooking, winter camping shelters, hiking trails and public lands in Oswego County, and ice fishing, depending on weather conditions. There will be cross-country ski tours, snowshoe treks, fat bike demonstrations, and sled dog demonstrations.

Overnight camping will be available Saturday night, Feb. 25. The orientation sessions are open to the public and are recommended for first-time winter campers.

Those planning to camp overnight should bring all of their own gear and food for Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast. Registration is required for overnight camping.

Base Camp Oswego County is sponsored by Pinnacle Builders USA Inc. and Oswego Expeditions Inc. Participating groups include Oswego County Search and Rescue Team, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, Murdock's Bicycles and Sports, Cupcake Kennels, Wayne-O's Guide Service, Oswego County Division of Parks and Recreation, Oswego County Tourism Office and several volunteers.

To register, call Oswego Expeditions at 315-561-0223 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/base-camp-oswego-2017-tickets-31072126567?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing.

Additional information is posted at https://www.facebook.com/BaseCampOswego/

Members of the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team will teach winter survival tips at Base Camp Oswego County, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe, Williamstown. (Photo by Mary Ellen Barbeau, Oswego County Tourism Office.).


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