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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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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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Surviving Winter Camping With Jocelyn, Biola Student

Surviving Winter Camping With Jocelyn, Biola Student

On January 15th, members of the Summit Adventure and Biola University communities embarked on a four-day winter camping excursion in the Yosemite wilderness. At the end of the trip, Writing/Social Media Intern Jennifer Boudreau sat down with course participant Jocelyn Horsager to ask about her personal experience.  A third-year student at Biola University and resident of…
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Jennifer on Snowshoeing, the Yosemite Panorama

Jennifer on Snowshoeing, the Yosemite Panorama

As the new Writing/Social Media Intern, Jennifer Boudreau joined Summit Adventure for her first extended experience of snow camping. The following recaps her perspective of a four-day custom course in the Yosemite Wilderness with Biola University. For more information about custom courses with Summit Adventure, click here. 1.15 Day One:  We arrived at Badger Pass after…
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