Stacy Bare, Director of the award-winning Sierra Club Outdoors and recipient of the 2015 SHIFT Adventure Athlete award, will keynote the Adventure, Inspired program at the 2016 SHIFT Festival, organizers announced today.
The film program, which will take place on Friday, October 14, at Jackson Hole’s premier, 525-seat performing arts center, The Center for the Arts, will explore the topic of engagement by outdoor recreationists whose exploits are chronicled in the evening’s films.
Preceding the film program, Bare will help introduce the winners of the 2016 SHIFT Awards, which recognize the most innovative, impactful and replicable work currently being done in the country to leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains.
“Nobody represents the embodiment of responsible recreation like Stacy Bare,” said Christian Beckwith, SHIFT’s director. “We’re honored to work with him this year to create an evening that showcases the human potential of outdoor recreationists as the foremost stewards for our country’s public lands and waters.”
Bare is a 2014 National Geographic Adventure of the Year, a brand ambassador for The North Face and Keen Footwear, and a recipient of the Bronze Star for Merit for a year in Iraq as a Captain in the United States Army from 2006-07. His programmatic work with the Sierra Club Outdoors engages 265,000 people a year in various outings from picnics to major mountaineering and riverine expeditions. The program—the heart and soul of the Sierra Club—includes Military Outdoors, which connects about 13,000 of our service members, veterans, and their families to the great outdoors each year, and Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO), which works in more than 50 towns and cities nationwide to connect people and youth to the outdoors who may not otherwise have the opportunities.
Along with Dacher Keltner at the University of California-Berkeley, Bare founded the Great Outdoors Lab to study the physical and mental health benefits of time outside. He has also worked in humanitarian land mine clearance and is a proud graduate of the Universities of Mississippi and Pennsylvania. A skier and climber who hasn’t surfed in years, he lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Makenzie, a professor at Utah Valley University.