In a society that treasures creature comforts, celebrates home and hearth, and at least indirectly suggests that the honorable man grinds it out day after day, what role could adventure possibly play? Everything. We long for adventure not just for novelty or the thrill, but because of what we hope we might find.
While my personal global treks have shaped my life experience and punctuated my days with one-of-a-kind highlights, I’ve had some other big adventures that are framed in a very different context. They are the “big adventures” with my wife, children and the ones I love. Take a moment and consider big adventures with me.
We’re at the bottom of the infamous Canaletta leading up to the highest peak on earth outside of the Himalayas. I’m exhausted, almost out of water, and can’t seem to make my legs do what I want them to. Everyone is starting to prepare for the final push. I’m trying to imagine just standing up.
After crossing a gentle trickling brook, we begin the hostile ascent to the summit. Any semblance of pathway is replaced by ten foot serrated boulders to scramble over. We share poised laughter as we pull out the logbook from the large plastic tube to document our dirt bike, climb and ensuing snowboard descent off the mountaintop.
Everything that I loved about the wilderness were so far failing to make an impression on Brianna, a twelve-year-old girl from one of the roughest parts of Spokane. Through all of these conversations, I was forced to think about the Gospel in light of their lives, where addictions, abuse, and absent parents make life seem hopeless.
Bryan Jennings grew up California and became a professional surfer at age 18. A few years later Bryan founded the Walking On Water surf camp to share his love of surfing and his faith in Jesus Christ. Now, it gone worldwide and reaches thousands through films, outreach events, surf camps, and international mission trips.
I was used to undertaking challenges in the vertical realm which require patience and endurance, but hadn’t ever embraced one on the horizontal plane. A marathon in the land of arctic ice and polar bears; the idea sounded just crazy enough to be fun and memorable for my first ever marathon.
Misadventure, according to the dictionary, is an “unfortunate incident or mishap.” We can plan an adventure, however, to be true to its definition we cannot control its outcome. Risk and uncertainty are essential to the essence of adventure; they are inseparable. If we eliminate risk there is no reward.
Eight weeks without mom and dad. It was the greatest adventure my fifteen-year-old mind could conceive, and now I was living it. It wasn’t that I disliked my parents, but the aroma of independence was arousing my hunger for self-sufficiency. Now it was really happening.
The Archery Trade Show (ATA) and The Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) are like the Consumer Electronic Show, but for the outdoor enthusiast. The ATA and SHOT shows are open only to industry professionals, and I had the great fortunate to attend. Here are some of the best new products for this year.
You don’t need a formal degree to look at the world around you, that’s the beauty of engaging with God’s creation – it’s here for everyone. As spring comes, there are many opportunities for you to do this with your family. Depending on the ages of your children, here are some suggestions to get you started…
After exploring the deserts of Joshua Tree, Summit Adventure groups experience a different adventure. At first Skid Row can seem just as impenetrable as a granite boulder, but after a few hours, intimidation is replaced with opportunities to connect with the “wild life” that makes up L.A.
Kanakuk Kamps introduces another option in their Adventure Series of camps for older teens: Survival Kamp. Graham Dodd describes how Survival Kamp not only challenged him physically, but also how he was provided with the faith to see it through.
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