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Panel of outdoor women to speak at ‘Going Solo’ panel March 28 in Greenville

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GREENVILLE — Greenville is about to hear from some powerful women.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at the town office panelists Alexandra Conover Bennett, Jennifer Dumont, and Aislinn Sarnacki will discuss their outdoor experiences and what it’s like to embark on remote adventures, alone.

Conover Bennett has over 30 years of experience leading professional canoe and snowshoeing trips in Maine and Canada. She has taught paddle making and classic paddling and poling techniques, internationally. Conover Bennett doesn’t just lead people into the wilderness, she lives in the wilderness: she has spent much of the last 20-plus years living in a year–round tent. It is not uncommon to find her on a solo trip deep in the Maine Woods (or playing accordion at Finnish Farmer’s Club dances). She takes great pleasure in passing along much of what she has been taught by northeastern North American elders in the arts of woods living, travel skills and shamanic ways.

Jennifer Dumont grew up on Moosehead Lake, which instilled in her a love for beautiful scenery and the out-of-doors. In 2002 Dumont completed “the adventure of a lifetime,” a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. She is a passionate high school educator, picture taker, avid hiker and outdoors person, and proud mother. Dumont eagerly shares her passion for adventure with her three fearless daughters, and anyone else who wants to come along.

Aislinn Sarnacki is a reporter for the Bangor Daily News for the Outdoors and Homestead sections, as well as the author of the guidebook “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine,” released by Down East Books in June 2017. She is currently working on her second guidebook, “Maine Hikes Off the Beaten Path,” scheduled for release this spring. Her BDN blog features videos, photos and descriptions of nearly 300 hikes throughout the state, and she writes weekly stories about Maine wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation. Sarnacki is originally from Winterport.

Hosted by Moosehead Trails, this powerhouse panel will present from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greenville Town Office Community Room — 7 Minden Street. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to grab light refreshments before finding a seat. There is no charge for admission.

“Going Solo: Women in the Woods” is the final in a series of winter-season presentations on outdoor adventure hosted by Moosehead Trails, a group of volunteers working to improve people-powered trails in the greater Moosehead Lake region. You can find out more about Moosehead Trails on Facebook.

Alexandra Conover Bennett

Jennifer Dumont

BANGOR, MAINE — 09/26/2013 — John Holyoke and Aislinn Sarnacki for BDN Outdoors. Brian Feulner | BDN

Aislinn Sarnacki
with her dog Oreo

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