Summer Adventure Camp

Gear List, Final Email (2014)

As a sport adventure racing presents a unique challenge in that it combines elements of running, biking, paddling, climbing, and map and compass navigation while emphasizing teamwork.  A key part of our vision is the development of a summer adventure camp for middle school students that will make each of these activities accessible to youth.  The program will simultaneously serve as a means of introducing the requisite skills for enjoying these activities, a way for existing skills to be sharpened, and provide for greater general fitness (both mental and physical) for the participants.  Experts in each discipline will ensure the safety of the students while they become equipped in both mind and body to take on the challenge of a serious back-country adventure.  The confidence, self-knowledge, and fitness gained through participation in this camp will not only pay dividends towards future racing or outdoor adventure ambitions, but will serve participants when they are faced with other life challenges.  In addition, it will serve as a foundation toward an appreciation for life-long wellness.

Check out the video from the 2013 camp, where participants ranged from age 9 to 14.

Dates for 2014:  July 8th-11th.

Plans for this year's camp will include class I-III packrafting, night orienteering, mountain biking in Mond Du Lac, rock outdoor rock climbing, stand up paddleboarding on Lake Superior, and 3 nights camping in Duluth area state parks.  Camp costs will be around $300 per participant and will include all travel, camping, professional instruction, equipment (except bikes and helmets) and most food.  Full and partial scholarships are available, thanks to a geneorus donatin from Altru Health System. Please email for details.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED as we have reached our 16 camper cap.

Tentative 2014 Adventure Camp Itinerary
Day 1:

  • Bus Gooseberry falls, explore the falls.
  • Superior hiking trail hike/navigation (3+ miles)
Day 2:
  • Morning paddling on lake superior
  • Hike to Temperance river state park (8+ miles)
Day 3: 
  • Climbing, Carlton peak
  • Optional packrafting on Temperance river (if conditions permit)
Day 4: 
  • Canyoneering on Onion River
  • afternoon activity TBD

Notes -

  1. This will not be a camp for everyone.  It is not going to be easy, but it WILL be incredibly rewarding and enabling for those who participate.  Because the entire basis of the camp is pretty physically demanding, we recommend campers begin with a minimum level of fitness. Participants should be able to  at least run 1 mile in under 10 minutes, hike 3-5 miles with a  backpack, and ride 6-7 miles on a bike in half an hour.
  2. Campers are expected to provide their own bikes.  Some camping gear may be available on loan for no charge.  

The 2014 Adventure Camp is supported in part by Altru Health System.



"Having inspirational people around me during the camp motivated me to do my best."
-- Erin Peck after the 2012 Adventure Racing Camp

"Climbing club rocks!  Alison is my favorite coach - she is so goofy and makes climbing super fun!"
--Asaliah, Age 8

"Bremer believes in building healthy communities.....We have partnered with Ground UP..... as they work to make our community an even better place to live and work."
--Karen, Executive Associate, Bremer Bank

"Yeah, it's just like the Hunger Games except no one's trying to kill me".
--Abigail Salyers, age 13 (about END-FAR)

"I want to thank you for having the vision and energy to bring this sort of adventure to Grand Forks.  People like you make this a better community to live in."
--Jim Fairlcloth, Sr. Vice President of Marketing, Alerus financial