After Monday’s night in the woods, Tuesday  brought us to mountain day.  We did some rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, the tyrolean traverse, and of course made ourselves some food in our fire ring.  When we wake tomorrow, we will have breakfast and start our second and final hike into the woods for another overnight.  This will lead us to our final challenge of the waterfall rappel.  The campers are doing great and looking forward to our next activities.

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Mountain day was successful.  We did some climbing, scrambling, rappelling, hiking, hanging upside down from ropes as we crossed a small ravine…  after a physical day as this, our young survivors are ready for dinner and some relax time before our long hike tomorrow.

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After fire building, a short hike, shelter building, and the making of dinner…   Our Monday came to a close.  Got up early and headed back to base camp.  Today (Tuesday) is mountain day.  We will be climbing, rappelling, and other ropes adventures.  Then we bed down in the yurts for some rest before our long hike on Wednesday.

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  After some amazing storms on Tuesday that rained out some of our activities, our survivors woke up ready to go with today’s hike into the woods.   Following their overnight , they will make their way to High Falls for their final rappel tomorrow.  It is about 45 ft from top to bottom.  Definitely an opportunity for each of them to challenge themselves and to overcome some fears.  Bring on the rappel.

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After a couple days of learning and practicing some new outdoor skills, the group heads out today.  Weather is holding off and clearing the path to the final challenge of rappelling down next to high falls.  Spirits are high and only a few miles away from their destination …

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So, the camper’s first week is done.  They have been practicing all of the skills that they learned last year.  They have built so many cooking fires, crossed moving water, built shelters, navigated through the mountains, climbed, rappelled, and much more. This all leads up to their 4 day overnight that starts on Monday morning.  With a possible mix of rain and sun, their skills will be put to the test as they make their way over and through some of the Catskills peaks.  Some of those are not on a trail.   The campers all came together to plan their route on a map, their meals, their overnight locations, and […]

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Thursday marked our young survivors making their way out of the High Falls survival overnight.  Friday (today) is a recovery day.  We will be going over some trip planning for next week and taking some time to get our feet off of the ground and rest.  They really are an awesome group of young people.  I look forward to seeing their success with the multi-night overnight.  Please check out the smugmug link to see more photos.  https://frostvalley.smugmug.com/

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The shelter building overnight was a success.  Campers had a wild edible dinner.  They are all working well together.  Today was our “Mountain Day”.  They did some climbing, rappelling, hiking, and a traverse across a decent drop.  They supported each other and had fun while learning new things.  Tonight brought a little rain, but it was awesome to see how well they scrambled together to set up an emergency tarp to salvage our cooking fire.  Of course, as soon we we got our castle built, the rain stopped.  It was a structure to be proud of. With this, we have taught them what they need to know.  Wednesday morning marks […]

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After 2 complete days of learning survival skills…  including fire building, water purification, small game processing, trapping and snaring, shelter building, daytime and nighttime navigation, map and compass reading, rappelling, rock scrambling, etc…  Our young survivors are out for their overnight.  Sounds of fireworks in the distance to softly send them off to sleep in their improvised shelters.  They are well trained…  no worries.

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Today our campers started into their overnight journey through the woods.  For the first 3 days of their camp experience, they all learned a variety of survival skills that they can use for this overnight.  They will need to demonstrate their talents in fire building, water purification, shelter building, hiking, navigation, map reading, and working together as a team.  They will make their way through the Catskill wild forest to High Falls.  There they will have the opportunity to rappel down the waterfall to their “rescue point”.  Most of time, this is highlight and the biggest challenge of their camp experience.  They finish with a heightened sense of confidence, self […]

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