Explorer Trip

Program Description

For teen guys ages 14+

Exploring God's Creation
You'll spend two and a half days canoeing, a day rock climbing (weather permitting), and two and a half days hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks with two leaders and five other guys. This trip requires you to be in really good physical shape. You will be hiking your equipment over several mountains a day, cooking your own meals, tenting, and purifying your water. Throughout this trip your leaders will be encouraging you and speaking truth to you from God’s Word. The views are majestic and point you to our AWESOME Creator. You will be in the Adirondacks where it is common to see wildlife from deer, beaver, fox, bear, and more. Bring your camera, your sense of adventure, and desire to grow closer to God.

After 2 ½ days, a 15-passenger van from NF will pick up your group and take you to your next destination. From there you will load up canoes or kayaks and make for your tent site. After paddling with a possible portage you will be picked up again late morning on the second day. You may have to paddle through whitecap waves, or into the wind but have no fear your leaders are trained and will guide you through those tough obstacles. You will become an expert in navigating the waterways of the Adirondacks and map reading.

The third part to the trip is an afternoon of rock climbing. Your group will be driven in the van to a cliff in the Adirondacks. After a short hike with climbing gear and lunch you will be taught harness, belaying, and knot safety, as well as cliff ethics and commands. The climbing instructor is experienced and has been given training on how to set up a top rope climb and anchor at that particular cliff. The other leaders will work with the climbing instructor to provide safety, encouragement, and assistance where needed. You may be on a cliff 40ft high to 150ft high. All equipment will be provided (harness, helmets, belay device, and rappel gloves) however if you have your own pair of climbing shoes I highly recommend you bring them (they are expensive and not necessary though).

You'll come back in better shape, with more skills, more friends, and, we hope, a closer walk with Christ.

Pre-requisite - good physical condition, strength and endurance.