If you’re going on an outdoor expedition, you’d be smart to take along Jamie Hannon (Fall Outdoor Leadership Semester ‘85; Spring Environmental Education Semester ‘86; OC staff ‘92,’93,’95-’97; WT staff ‘93-’97). Jamie’s a bit busy teaching adventure education at Plymouth State University, however, so if you can’t snag him, consider grabbing the new book he co-wrote for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC): AMC’s Mountain Skills Manual: The Essential Hiking and Backpacking Guide.
When Hannon and his colleague Christian Bisson heard that the AMC wanted to create a new book about hiking and backpacking, they looked at each other and said, “We can do that!” It turned out to be a two-and-a-half-year process tucked into breaks from teaching. Hannon enjoyed organizing all his knowledge in one place and learning some things he doesn’t have time to keep up on, such as what the latest and greatest camp stoves are.
Hannon credits Chewonki, particularly Vice President Greg Shute and his wife, Lynne Flaccus, former trip leader and staff naturalist, with launching his intense interest in outdoor education. “I was a boy from Boston who loved being outside,” Hannon says, but at Chewonki, he got excited about learning the skills that made wilderness adventures possible and taught him how to engage others in outdoor fun and learning outdoors.
“My whole career as an outdoor educator is directly related to my Chewonki time,” he says. “I would be doing this work without that experience.”
Along with teaching and writing, Hannon helped found and serves on the board of the Mountain Village Charter School, a public school in Plymouth with an outdoor focus, “open to any family,” he says, and incorporating many “forest kindergarten” concepts. He and wife, Danielle, have three little girls, ages 9, 7, and 4.