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...
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...
Solo Stove Review
The Solo Stove is a wood-burning backpacking stove.  Technically, it’s a “natural convection inverted downgas gasifier stove,” according to the manufacturer.  Frankly, I don’t care much about the science behind the stove right now — but I can tell you, it works really well. There are some things about this type of stoves that I’ve always been curious about, such as its fuel efficiency and small size. I’ve looked at another well-known stove similar to this one. However the premium price of that stove always kept me from clicking the “buy now”...
Little Itty Bitty Ultralight Bottles
Who would have thought that Itty Bitty Bottles would become an obsession?  I had seen some gram-counting backpackers repackage their Bonner’s soap and other liquids into tiny bottles. Not me, I always thought — and then I bought an assortment of the tiny containers.  I was hooked. A one ounce tube of triple antibiotic first aid ointment, which weighs about 1.4oz, can be reduced to a tiny bottle weighing mere grams.  Muhahahaha.  I went through the first aid kit and ditty bag looking for other products to repackage in Itty Bitty Bottles: zinc oxide, tincture of iodine, hand sanitizer,...
A Sweet Way to Light a Fire
Petroleum-saturated cotton balls are excellent firestarters, even in windy and rainy conditions. I’ve always carried five or six of these in a 35mm film canister. You don’t use them all the time, but they are great to have in your pack and can be easily ignited with a lighter, match, or ferro rod. A down side of stuffing them into the film can is that they mush together and become one giant messy glob of cotton and Vaseline. Lately I’ve been wrapping the soaked cotton balls in a 4”x5” piece of waxed paper and twisting the ends. This results in what reminds me of a piece of salt water...
The Lesson of the Melting Boot
How do we learn things like survival, bushcraft, self-reliance, and leadership? People teach us. We watch others. We read. And we learn by experience. How do you plan for the unexpected? Well, you can’t always. In the 1970’s I taught wilderness survival skills at a Boy Scout camp for several summers. It was a lot of fun. The BSA had created the Wilderness Survival merit badge around 1974. During each week at camp the scouts learned basic skills of survival in the outdoors. They put together personal survival kits, learned how to create fire using a handful of methods, how to conserve energy...
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