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What Mount Rainier Can Teach Us

What Mount Rainier Can Teach Us

Rising 14,409 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier towers so far above Seattle that a person can forecast the day’s weather by it. When the most glaciated peak in the entire continental U.S. is in clear view, the day holds pleasant temperatures and dry skies. If clouds obscure its lofty flanks, settle in for a…
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What Hunger Taught Me

What Hunger Taught Me

Summit Adventure participants (pictured above) eat very well on course, but Summit Executive Director Tom Smith wasn’t as lucky on an outdoor course during his youth. Read his story below.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of a powerful lesson that hunger revealed about my sinful nature. I like food. A lot. Especially when I know…
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Why Adults Should Be More Like Children

Why Adults Should Be More Like Children

What do 3000, 15, 9, and 18 have to do with Patagonia? This is not really a math question as much as it is a statement of performance. These four numbers highlight my son Brayden’s recent trip to the land of Patagonia in Argentina. They will always remind me of the amazing grit he showed…
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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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Why Young Adults Need Community Living

Why Young Adults Need Community Living

Throughout my time working at Summit Adventure, I have enjoyed the privilege of witnessing the marvel of young adults thriving in community together, despite their stark differences. A few years back, Bobbie and Tanya arrived at an ISAS semester, choosing to spend their “study abroad” immersed in close-quarters community. Bobbie, a laid-back musician with little…
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How Wilderness Experiences Can Improve Parenting: Reason #1

How Wilderness Experiences Can Improve Parenting: Reason #1

Editor’s Note: In this post, Summit Adventure Executive Director Tom Smith explains the first reason wilderness experiences can improve parenting. Keep following our blog to read the other reasons in future posts from Tom!  Millennia ago, biblical and historical texts show the Israelites, Jesus, and the members of early Christian monasteries spending significant time in remote…
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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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