After a relaxing morning in camp playing cards and packing for their next adventure, the Boarding Basics group headed up to Pete’s Pavilion with your’s truly to see what this whole mountain boarding thing was all about. What the group discovered was that mountain boarding is all about 2 things — a fun ride down and a long walk up. Despite the tiring walks back up the hill, everyone had a blast as they got the hang of this up-and-coming action sport. First step was to try and stay on the board (not always the easiest thing to do at first). Next, the guys and gals practiced their turns on a gentle slope before tackling the big part of the hill. I think JJ had the longest run down the hill which means he had the longest walk back up. After a good start, we all took a break as Kenny showed us how to use a bow drill to start a fire. As we sat around the fire circle enjoying some stone chairs, I mistakenly introduced the rule of “fives.” Watch your favorite seat at home. You may never get it back. Then it was back on the slopes and time for the kicker ramp. Comments during this session included, “Falling is fun!” and, “If you can fall, you can mountain board!” Caroline took the honor of the first successful landing. After a walk down to fill up water bottles, I left the group with Kenny and Mandy to start a fire to cook their dinner. I am sure that they will sleep well dreaming of big slopes and 30 foot kicker ramps launching them into triple back flips and other amazing aerials. Hope you are having as much fun as they are. See you soon!


Michael on the mountain

Michael enjoying the ride down as everyone else “enjoys” the journey up.

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Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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