Tim Sharpe Interview

What draws you to the greater outdoors in general?

I grew up in a small town in Maine and when I was a kid we spent a lot of time in the woods. I first hiked Mt. Katahdin when I was 11, it was a family trip. I've always been drawn to the outdoors. 

Why do you like GayOutdoors?

It's a great way to meet other gay men with similar interests. It's also so easy to post or participate in a trip.

What would members be most surprised to learn about you?

I do some woodworking, furniture building mostly. My last project was a shaker style console table made out of cherry.

What was your first GO trip? How did it turn out?

I've been a member for a while now, and I transitioned from Chiltern to GO so it's a little fuzzy, but I think my first was about 8 years ago. We hiked up Mt. Monadnock, it was a fun group of guys and great day in general.

Outdoor Adventures that should not be missed?

Late last summer some friends turned me on to Franconia Falls, we went up with mountain bikes and just hung out for the day. That was pretty special. Also, another was kayaking around the islands in Portland Harbor [Maine].

Best outdoor advice you have ever gotten?

Probably advice from Mike Boisvert [GO President] and the GO site regarding how to properly outfit myself and dress for hikes above treeline where weather might be an issue.

What is your favorite place in New England?

Any place on the coast of Maine past Wiscasset. My family has a place up in Winter Harbor so I've been up there for a week or so the past few summers. My sister is in Bar Harbor so I usually get up there 2-3 times a year. Cobscook Bay State Park in Maine is pretty amazing. 

What is your secret talent?

I'm a pretty good cook.

What piece of gear have you most recently bought?

A new headlamp.

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