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...
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...
12 Useful Things to Pack–All Under an Ounce
Take a look at your gear. Each new piece of gear adds weight to your base pack weight, so you choose carefully. There are bound to be items in your pack that don’t weigh very much at all, yet you find them indispensable. Here are a dozen items that each weigh less than an ounce (28g) – some of them much less.  And more often than not I’m thankful they’re in my pack.Earplugs. Snoring tent mates. Crazy katydids and crickets. Talkative travelers on buses, trains, and planes. Loud campers at a nearby tent site. There’s nothing worse than trying to relax or get to sleep in the midst of...
What’s a First Aid Kit Without Band-Aids?
What’s in your first aid kit? The basic first aid kit I’ve carried in recent years really has only two things:  a roll of gauze and a small roll of duct tape.  Say what?  (It’s true. Well, not entirely. I’ll explain in a minute.) The contents of a first aid kit (or a survival kit for that matter) are different for each person. My own choice of items for a first aid kit is based on its usefulness, the added weight of an item, and whether or not I already have something in my backpack that can do the same job. My First Aid Kit Philosophy We’ve seen first aid kits for sale that are loaded...
Spirituality of Bushwalking – One Man’s Reflection
In a hurry to complete your hike in three days instead of five? Have to tick off another peak, forgetting to enjoy the view? In this guest post, Grant, our mate we met with Paul at Wild Dog Creek, in the Walls of Jerusalem, agreed to post about his “philosophy” of bushwalking. Many thanks to Grant, our Wild Dog Minister, for taking the time to craft these words. We hope he got as much out of it as we did. Bushwalking has, for at least as long as I’ve been in Tasmania, been part of my spiritual journey. The solitude of solo walking, the wilderness, the potential life-threatening situations,...
7 Lessons I Learned From My Son
Last week my youngest son asked me if I would help him build a desk for his room.  I asked him what he was going to use for materials.  He said that he had found stuff in the garage and had a plan in mind. Each night he would ask if I would come out to the garage and cut some pieces of wood that he had measured and marked.  It was hot.  I was tired.  I put him off.  He kept asking.  Finally after four days, the guilt had built up and I went out in the garage (with added prompting from my wife) to build a desk and “make a memory” that he would look back upon as he grew older. I have...
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