Oct. 3—On Thursday, women interested in the outdoors took shelter under the gazebo at Irvine McDowell Park to discuss basic survival skills in the wilderness.
This hour-long discussion was the second event in the Women's Wilderness Series hosted by the Richmond Outdoor Committee and Parks Department.
It featured Dr. Kelly Watson of EKU's Division of Natural Areas, who led discussion about first aid, fire starting, survival kits, water safety and navigation among other topics.
Watson has experience camping and surviving in the Amazon Rainforest and parts of East Africa.
"I am really excited to do something with a group of women," she said before the discussion. "It will be really fun."
The purpose of the series is to help women of all ages gain confidence and the skills they need to engage in outdoor recreation such as camping, hiking, backpacking, etc.
At the beginning of September, the series kicked off with a women's self defense class taught by Gina Elliott, owner and instructor of the AFS Academy of Martial Arts and Fitness.
However at the Thursday evening class, women got a taste of the wilderness basics leading up to a group camping trip later in October. Watson led a small activity engaging participants in what items they thought were necessary on a hiking or camping trip for survival.
This discussion overflowed into techniques, experiences, questions and a better understanding of necessities in the woods.
The next installment in the series includes a "What to Pack" class taught by Professor Sherry Jones of EKU's Department of Recreation and Park Administration. This will include instructions on what to pack for both hiking and backpack camping.