"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
Adventure has shaped our lives in ways that we are grateful for. We have developed strong passions for being active and challenging ourselves in the outdoors. Biking, hiking, climbing, paddling--days spent doing these things are days well spent. Our vision for our summer adventure camp is the creation of a program that will simultaneously serve as a means of introducing the requisite skills for enjoying these activities, a way for existing skills to be sharpened, and something that will provide for greater general fitness (both mental and physical) for the participants. Experts in outdoor adventure will ensure the safety of the campers while they become equipped in both mind and body to take on the challenge and rigors of serous outdoor adventure. The confidence, self-knowledge, and fitness gained through participation in this camp will not only pay dividends towards future 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.
Dates for 2015: TBD. We will announce 2015 dates inn the fall/winter of 2014
2014 camp included rock climbing, canyoneering, coasteering, hiking, and stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and packrafting. 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.
Tentative 2015 Adventure Camp Itinerary (TBD)
Sample itinerary (from 2014's camp)
- Bus Gooseberry falls, explore the falls.
- Superior hiking trail hike/navigation (3+ miles)
- Morning paddling on lake superior
- Hike to Temperance river state park (8+ miles)
- Climbing, Carlton peak
- Optional packrafting on Temperance river (if conditions permit)
- Canyoneering on Onion River
- afternoon activity TBD
- 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.
- Campers are expected to provide their own bikes (when biking is on the itinerary). Some camping gear may be available on loan for no charge.
The 2014 Adventure Camp is supported in part by Altru Health System.