Outdoor Adventure Catholic Ministry

Outdoor Adventure Catholic Ministry

A journey into the wilderness, away from the daily routine, sharpens our senses to listen and see and feel the presence of God the Creator in the world...
A Different Kind of Encounter

A Different Kind of Encounter

Holy Adventure Outdoor Ministry provides unique outdoor retreat opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ, his Good News, and His importance in our lives...
Retreat Themes

Retreat Themes

Standing on a mountain top or in a wildflower-covered meadow we are in awe of God’s majesty.  Day-long and weekend retreats are uncommon opportunities...
The Patron Saint of Backpackers
St. Bernard of Montjoux is the patron saint of alpinists, climbers, backpackers, and skiers. His memorial day is May 28. A French monk who founded hospices in the Alpine passes, St. Bernard is variously called St. Bernard of Menthon, St. Bernard of Montjoux (“Jove Mountain”), or St. Bernard of Aosta. He lived from 923 to 1008. It appears that the history and legend of his family heritage have merged over time. It is written that he was descended from a rich, noble family and received a thorough education. He refused a marriage proposed by his father and decided to devote himself to...
Do You Purify Water from Melted Snow?
As kids we used to eat snow and icicles all the time during the winter, with no ill effects.  If we follow some common sense guidelines we can use snow while backpacking as a plentiful supply of water.  The question we often debate is: “If you melt snow for drinking water in the winter, do you need to boil it for purification?” Water from melting clean white snow is generally considered safe to drink.  We are probably at greater risk for getting giardia from hiking partners who do not practice good hygiene than getting sick from snow water. Nevertheless, we often have to boil water...
7 Favorite Bushcraft Channels on YouTube
These are what I consider to be seven of the best bushcraft-related channels on YouTube. There’s a wealth of outdoor knowledge and experience on these channels. When you have some time to spare, check them out.   Shugemery Sean Emery is quite a character. His videos on hammock camping and ultralight backpacking in the piney woods are informative, creative, and so funny. He backpacks, he sings, he plays music, and he rides a unicycle. You’ll find him active on several forums, including hammockforums and backpackinglight. Shug’s vids were instrumental in getting me hooked on using...
Word for Wednesday: Rest
Matthew 11:28 Thoreau went to the woods because he “wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life” – to determine what was really important. We no longer live simply. The hamster wheel of life keeps turning and we desperately need to jump off the wheel and rest. To live simply, if even for a few days in the forest. In fact, much of my enjoyment of going into the outdoors is the feeling of peace, solitude, and restfulness of mind, body, and spirit. There, we confront the essential human needs of shelter, food, water, and warmth. There we are left alone with our thoughts. The...
10 Tips to Make a Fire in a Tough Situation
When the weather is great and you have all the time in the world, most anyone can light a fire. But when it’s raining or snowing, your hands are shaking, your decision-making abilities are compromised, and the ground is soaked – and you desperately need a fire – it can be a frustrating, difficult, and often impossible chore. Fire is life. With it, you can dry out wet clothing, keep hypothermia at bay, disinfect water to drink, and provide a psychological boost in a dire situation. If you ever hope to be able to make a fire in a tough situation, when the chips are down, you need to know how...
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