3 canoes on lake cole

West Virginia: Climbing High

After a very long drive, riddled with lots of construction (and quite a bit of Scrabble), the group was ecstatic to get out and play yesterday.  At the high ropes course, every single person climbed at least twice, some people even more than that!  The highlight so far? The MUD OBSTACLE course, which was completed THREE times!! The group was trying very hard to beat the 12 minute record and came SO close (12 minutes, 10 seconds).  Today the group splashed around in duckies, with a couple of great wipe-outs all across the board.  A few shout outs:

Casey – an honest, helpful, compassionate individual who entertains the group with random science facts about everything!

Jacob – a helpful person who keeps the group laughing and in good spirits, and who can eat an amazing amount of hamburgers (3 at lunch!)

Sara Kay – had an awesome wipe out that she was incredibly proud of at the end! Stepping into her growth zone has been fun to watch and she’s pushing herself to try new things.

Morgan – “beast” and “monkey” are two of Morgan’s nicknames after she beat every person in the mud obstacle course and powered through the climbs on Tuesday.

Lenny – jumps into everything head first with lots of energy and a great try-everything-a-second-time attitude. His wipe out was viewed on video later that day as everyone cheered and laughed with him.

Ema – a talented writer who’s committed to recording her whole adventure, Ema has gone above and beyond to make sure everyone is being included in the group.  She pushed herself to try the hardest element on the climb, something none of the other group members stepped up to do!

Matthew – loves frisbee and has found a great group of people to play with.  His helpful tips and suggestions make him a great teacher for everyone.


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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