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

Sometimes we need to go out and stand on a mountain to discover God. Deacon Kevin leads outdoor retreats with various themes.  These day-long and weekend...
Quest for Clean Water in Guatemala
The water is the color of hot chocolate. The 85-mile Rio de Paz (Peace River) is a natural border between El Salvador and Southeastern Guatemala and it empties into the Pacific Ocean. It originates in the mountains of Quezada, near the volcano Amayo. Along the way it picks up sediment, pathogens, runoff sewage, animal waste, and who knows what else.  The result: acute dysentery, cholera, typhoid, flukes, and other deadly hazards. The Peace River may look like hot cocoa, but it’s definitely not potable water.  Not that I expected to be drinking it anyway. Before leaving for Guatemala we received...
Word for Wednesday: Perseverence
Luke 21:12-19 The time we spend in the outdoors is often breathtaking, relaxing, eye-opening, and rejuvenating.  Time flies by as we hike almost effortlessly on well-groomed, well-marked trails. The going is more difficult when we are scrambling across scree slopes .  We’re careful to maintain balance and avoid slipping on the loose rocks.  With the weight of a full pack, jumping from boulder to boulder on talus fields is even more exhausting as we set course for the summit. We are challenged not only physically, but mentally as well. Did you ever wonder what keeps us going? What gives...
Can Good Come from the Goblin Valley Vandalism?
In mid-October, three Boy Scout leaders were responsible for knocking over a boulder in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.  They claimed that they were removing a safety hazard for hikers. Their action resulted in angry protests by officials and the public alike. The hoodoo rock formation that was tipped from its precarious perch had been in the making for an estimated 200 million years. In a matter of seconds, it was destroyed. Criminal charges were filed again the men and they were kicked out of their Boy Scout leadership positions. So yeah, it’s a big deal. Tragic events often result in a “good”...
Modify this 3-ounce Fan for Hammock Cooling
The bug net in your hammock does a great job of keeping mosquitoes and other flying insects out, but the net also reduces air circulation. A fan can improve the air flow in your hammock and help you get a better night’s sleep. The perfect fan is perhaps a holy grail, since I look for one that is light weight, has a long battery life, and can be positioned where I want it in the hammock. I came across these little Coleman mini fans in the camping aisle of a store near me. The fan takes two AA batteries. I haven’t tested the battery run time. The AA batteries can be recharged with a...
All the Knife you Need in a Small Package
Do you need a knife while backpacking? Yes. How much knife? That depends. I’ve come to the conclusion that a small blade is all I really need for a backcountry trip. I’m not ready to go without some type of knife as a few hikers have. If I need to cut a piece of cordage, open a package, trim a bandage, or shave some tinder, then a small Victorinox or Leatherman fits the bill. I’ve made the mental and emotional hurdle in my head that told me a larger knife offers vastly greater benefits and better personal protection from scary creatures. The cutting options I’ve considered...
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