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 10 Best Ways to Attract Black Flies While Hiking
Some towns have an Apple Festival, or Chowder Festival, or a Chili Festival. Well in June, most of New England celebrates Black Fly Season – err, Festival. Yup. BFF. Black Fly Festival. Best Friends Forever. It’s a regular mutual admiration society. Those little critters really know how to put out the welcome mat, too, especially in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. No sooner do you hit the trail and stop for a break when the little flies come round and kiss you all over. You see, their biological classification is Simulium vittatum, which is (very) loosely translated as: “cute little flies...
Walking 24,000 miles to teach a love of life
Over the past 10 years Steve Fugate Sr. has walked almost 25,000 miles, through 46 states, and worn out 32 pairs of shoes.  He did it all with a sign over his head saying, simply, “Love Life.” Unbelievable.  Steve’s 24,000-mile journey is about the same as walking the circumference of the Earth at the equator.  You may be wondering why.  You see, in 1999 Steve lost his only son “Stevie” to suicide. Then in 2005, Steve lost his daughter to an accidental drug overdose.  Steve walks for both his children. His goal – his mission – is to teach his love of life...
Stick an onion in your ear – and other remedies
The tried and true wisdom to care for first aid emergencies in the backcountry and at home has changed significantly over the years.   Even the way CPR is performed by lay rescuers has changed.  Being prepared for wilderness emergencies doesn’t just mean sticking a few Band-Aids or a lightweight first aid kit in your pack when you start walking. The other day I was flipping through some digital books on Google books and I came across the 1913 edition of Camping for Boys by Henry William Gibson. Among other interesting things, the book details some of the standard first aid remedies for common...
How to make a Svea potholder for an alcohol stove
Sitting on the shelf in the gear closet is a cute little brass stove that is full of camping memories. It’s a Svea 123 – the most bombproof, simple, and arguably the loudest darn stove around. In good weather, it sits on the shelf while a lightweight soda can alcohol stove goes backpacking, but in cold to freezing weather, the Svea goes. Anyway, the Svea has this awesome integrated windscreen. I was looking at it the other day and I thought to myself, this would make a pretty cool pot stand for the alcohol stove, but it’s just a little tall. Ten minutes later I dug out an extra Svea windscreen...
God Likes Mountains
On a fall weekend in 1972 we hiked the white dot trail to the summit of Grand Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire for the first time. Hiking and scrambling to the 3165-foot summit wasn’t a huge accomplishment by most standards, but for wide-eyed 11 year old boy scouts it was the adventure of a lifetime. We could see for miles around. If you aren’t familiar with Monadnock, it’s known as one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world with an estimated 125,000 ascents annually. One translation of “Monadnock,” an Algonquin Indian name, means “Extraordinary Mountain Place.” On...
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