Since 1973, Summit Adventure has used wilderness and adventure as tools to facilitate transformation, build compassion, strengthen relationships and deepen faith. These processes take place through time-tested and proven strategies that Summit Adventure has used over the past four decades. For many people, their introduction to Summit Adventure is through a friend or neighbor sharing stories from the incredible time they experienced on a Summit Adventure Classic Course.
Thousands of dads and children can attest to the positive impact of their shared experiences on our Adventures in Fatherhood course. Thousands of young adults can describe the leadership they developed on our Adventures in Leadership course or the accomplishment they felt after their time on our 21-Day Expedition. The results of these courses, offered year after year, often far exceed the expectation of participants.
The Ecuador Service and Mountaineering Course is designed for participants who want to challenge themselves in the mountains and in their hearts. The course combines high-altitude mountaineering and service projects in a rich cross-cultural setting. Based in the city of Quito (9,200 ft), this adventure immerses you in the rich beauty of Ecuadorian culture and the Andes. Ecuador is said to be the "Jewel of the Andes." You will discover the accuracy of this label as you explore stunning mountain ridges, gleaming glacial slopes, and the mysterious grasslands known as the paramo. The mountaineering aspect of the course starts with ..View Trip →
Patagonia is truly one of the world’s last wild places. Its name alone conjures up images of towering craggy peaks, pristine blue lakes, and wind swept ice fields. Yet this rugged land at the tip of South America is actually quite accessible for the modern adventurer. Summit Adventure is inviting you to join us in wild Patagonia for a trip filled with adventure and opportunities to serve. Over the course of ten days you’ll trek on and off the local trails through some of the most stunning scenery on the planet. You’ll observe alpine spires at eye level with soaring ..View Trip →
This course combines service and trekking through Israel and Palestine. You will spend time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth and then have the opportunity to trek for four days from Nazareth to the Mount of the Beatitudes along the Jesus Trail™. The Jesus Trail™ is a moderate trail on which you will carry only a daypack as your gear is transferred to each night’s accommodations. There are options for camping or staying in a bed and breakfast or hostel along the trail, making this a great course for families or folks who could not participate in a “typical” Summit course. ..View Trip →
People come from all over the world to experience the crown jewel of the Cascade Mountain Range. Mt. Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, and climbing it requires teamwork, perseverance and appropriate weather. With its icy blue crevasses, wind-sculpted snow structures and ancient flowing glaciers, this course will take you into the seldomly-traveled terrain of the highest point in the Pacific Northwest. You will experience the spiritual benefits of physically and mentally challenging yourself in God's creation. You will see how God uses the wilderness and mountains to speak. Join us for this classic Pacific ..View Trip →
The Wilderness Instructor Course is designed to prepare outdoor leaders with the necessary tools to lead courses and expeditions in technical and non-technical terrain. This course is used to train instructors in the outdoor leadership skills required of a Summit Adventure instructor. The course is also open to individuals seeking professional development to transfer to other programs in the industry. Whether instructing for Summit Adventure or for another organization, this course equips future leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead with confidence in backcountry environments. The course takes place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. This ..View Trip →
Over the years, Summit Adventure has sought to provide Christ-centered experiences that challenge people physically, mentally and spiritually. Summit Adventure sees the relevance of this process for all individuals, no matter their ability level. The Go For It! course has a long history beginning with founder Tim Hansel in the early 1970s. Since then, hundreds of persons with disabilities have benefited from challenging themselves in God's Creation. Summit Adventure offers specialized and adaptive programming to create a safe and valuable experience for people of varying degrees of ability. We typically offer a 2:1 (instructor:student) ratio of supervision throughout the course. ..View Trip →
Youth Leadership is our shortest leadership course. The five-day expedition is designed to give youth with little to no experience in the backcountry a taste of the wilderness. The course will provide the skills and experience necessary to build a foundation for developing as a leader. The Youth Leadership course will take place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. Students will experience the beauty and the challenge that the mountains provide. Surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite cliffs and alpine lakes, Summit Adventure instructors will lead the students through a graduated process of wilderness experiences. Upon completion of ..View Trip →
In today’s busy world, it is easy for schedules and plans to interfere with a family’s values and priorities. The Adventures in Fatherhood course is designed to allow fathers and their children to recognize the value of their relationship with each other. This is an opportunity for you and your son or daughter to set the cell phone and computer down and focus on your relationship with each other and with God. The Adventures in Fatherhood course offers fathers and their son or daughter a balance of adventure elements and times of rest and relaxation. This combination ensures your chance ..View Trip →
For those that have had some opportunities to experience and practice leadership but are ready to take it to the next level, get ready! This course is designed to allow students to explore what becoming a leader looks like in many different settings. The Leadership Expedition will take place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. Students will experience the beauty and the challenge that the mountains provide. Surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite cliffs and alpine lakes, instructors will lead students through a graduated process of wilderness experiences. This course puts an equal emphasis on the student’s spiritual ..View Trip →
This course is designed to train and prepare future leaders to lead with confidence and competence. Adventure Leadership is ideal for the student who has had little to no experience in the outdoors. The ten-day expedition will provide the skills and experience necessary to build a foundation for developing as a leader. The Adventure Leadership course will take place in the southern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada. Students will experience the beauty and the challenge that the mountains provide. Surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite cliffs and alpine lakes, Summit Adventure instructors will lead the students through a graduated process ..View Trip →