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Memorize the 7 Basics of Leave No Trace

Whether in your daily life or out enjoying the wilderness, understanding the Leave No Trace principles are essential to keeping a healthy relationship with the nature around you…and your local forest ranger. There are seven basic LNT principles everyone should memorize. As one who has a hard time memorizing without cues, I came up with…
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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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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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