Project Woodchips: What made you sign up for camp?
Cait Dunn: I met co-founder Caitlin doing strongman competitions, and she invited me on the first Project Woodchips trip in 2016. I have a love for weird sports and I love being outside. She knew I would love it.
PW: What keeps you coming back?
CD: I personally love "active" vacations, I'm not a lounge in a pool chair type person. The experience is like none other, it's so easy to just get lost in it and forget about your daily grind back home. First, the Adirondacks are gorgeous. Second, the professors and instructors love sharing their knowledge, you can tell they love what they do. Each day is planned out with a mix of activities, so I can learn new things and also build on what I learned last year.
PW: What are you hoping to learn or get better at this year?
CD: I would like to get better at chopping and sawing so I can hopefully try my hand at competing for the first time. And maybe conquer my paralyzing fear of the speed climb. Maybe.
PW: What advice do you have for someone coming for the first time?
CD: Be ready to work hard! We are constantly moving from breakfast to dinner. It's a ton of fun, but also tiring. You will be ready for bed once the sun goes down. Also, sunscreen and bug spray are gold.
PW: How do people react when you tell them you're going away to woodsman camp?
CD: Most people have no idea what it is! Then they get super interested and ask me to tell them all about it. Then they ask for pictures/video and basically think I am the coolest person ever, which is cool with me. So many people have said "I'd love to do that too!"