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What Does Risk Have To Do With It Anyway?

What Does Risk Have To Do With It Anyway?

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Stories From The Field series, in which Summit Adventure Executive Director Tom Smith will share notable stories from his time leading courses. In the following blog, Tom shares how he fits risk management into the perspective of planning for family adventures.  Risk: “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as…
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When Fear Calls Your Name: Part 1 

When Fear Calls Your Name: Part 1 

Editors Note: This is the opening blog in a new series titled “Stories From the Field,” in which Summit Adventure Executive Director Tom Smith will share notable stories from his time leading courses. In his first blog for the series, Tom shares how experiencing a sudden onset of fear while mountaineering in Ecuador pushed him…
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Tom’s Story of Service From Ecuador

Tom’s Story of Service From Ecuador

Summit Adventure has a semester program called Immersion Service and Adventure Semester (ISAS), which takes place in California and Ecuador. During the Ecuador portion of the semester, ISAS students spend time doing service, high-altitude mountaineering and cultural immersion. Summit’s Executive Director, Tom Smith, wrote this account of the Ecuador service component of the program from…
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Adventure With Purpose

Adventure With Purpose

Summit Adventure, located at Bass Lake, offers a variety of life changing adventures By Tiffany Tuell — ttuell@sierrastar.com Being thrown out of your comfort zone is what Summit Adventure is all about. Whether you’re scaling a mountain in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, volunteering in Ecuador or walking the Jesus Trail in Israel — Summit Adventure…
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Study Abroad: Kelli Stansell’s Path to ISAS Director

Study Abroad: Kelli Stansell’s Path to ISAS Director

Kelli Stansell, Summit Adventure’s Immersion Service and Adventure Semester (ISAS) Director, knows a thing or two about the transformational effect of Summit’s work. Kelli, as noted in a recent article in the Sierra Star, first encountered Summit Adventure as an ISAS student back in 2009. Her experience had such a profound impact on her that…
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Course Recap – Johns Hopkins University

Course Recap – Johns Hopkins University

Ecuador Service & Mountaineering Johns Hopkins University 2013 This January in Ecuador, 2 Summit instructors had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks with 10 students from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The group included whitewater kayak instructors, backpacking/rock climbing instructors, semi-professional photographers, the JHU Experiential Ed Coordinator, and a “Hopkins Honeybee.” Students from this group saw…
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ISAS Spring 2012 – Notes from Field & Classroom

ISAS Spring 2012 – Notes from Field & Classroom

This winter/spring has brought us many things in Bass Lake, California: warm weather, friends traveling to and from Ecuador, God’s provision, and 4 wonderful ISAS students. Jamie Husain, David Parker, Derek Campbell, and Katy Ireland will be spending the next 4 months with Summit Adventure embarking on a thorough exploration of who the Lord has…
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