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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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A Bridge Worth Crossing

A Bridge Worth Crossing

Editor’s note: The following is a blog post written by Carey Smith–Summit Instructor and wife of Executive Director Tom Smith–in which she reflects on overcoming challenges throughout her exploration of Patagonia during Summit Adventure’s first trekking course in that region.  We started our trek crossing the most rickety, terrifying, worn-out wooden bridge you could imagine…And it was…
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10 Days in Patagonia with Summit Adventure

10 Days in Patagonia with Summit Adventure

Editor’s note: Upon his return from Summit Adventure’s inaugural trek & serve course in Patagonia, participant Miles Bocianski wrote a brief recap and reflection of his time on course. Read his thoughts on trekking in Argentine Patagonia below. Words cannot begin to express the joy, gratitude, and refreshment experienced during this journey to Argentina. After 26…
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21 Reasons to do a 21-Day Expedition

21 Reasons to do a 21-Day Expedition

With the oak trees already sprouting their leaves out here in central California, summertime will be here faster than you can say “Where are my shorts?” Ready to get summer adventures on your mind, too? Out of all of Summit Adventure’s open-enrollment summer courses, the 21-Day Leadership Expedition (for ages 16+) is the longest course…
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Rock Climbing: What’s the Point?

Rock Climbing: What’s the Point?

“What’s the point?” I know that question may smack of an apathetically slouched youth, or perhaps the plagued-by-existential-dread 20-something. But forget the snark and cynical connotations for a moment, and you’re still left with an important question: what, in fact, is the point? Why do the things I do? Why post something on Instagram? Why enter…
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Summer 2015 Open-Enrollment Course Opportunities

Summer 2015 Open-Enrollment Course Opportunities

Looking for adventurous ways to spend your summer? Perhaps you’re interested in honing your leadership skills or backcountry savvy, or maybe just looking for an opportunity to break out of the urban jungle for some quality time in the pine-scented Sierra air. Whether you’re a youth, young adult, middle-aged mountaineer, person of mixed ability, or…
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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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Yosemite Backpacking Discoveries with Hananiah and Dekota

Yosemite Backpacking Discoveries with Hananiah and Dekota

For Summit Adventure’s most recent course, we teamed up with eight Bridgemont high school students, led by their principal Evan Anderson. Bridgemont, a private Christian school in San Francisco, features a Field Studies program as a part of their curriculum in order to implement a well-rounded education that extends beyond the classroom. Students choose one…
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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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5 Reasons We’re Heading to Patagonia in South America

5 Reasons We’re Heading to Patagonia in South America

At Summit Adventure, we continually endeavor to venture out on international courses because they allow us to combine our traditional outdoor adventure elements with service and cultural immersion experiences. So far, we’ve journeyed to Ecuador, Mexico, and the Holy Land, and this winter we’re traveling all the way to the tip of South America to add…
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