Men’s Life Renewal Adventure | June 4-9Renewal is the antidote to boredom, complacency, monotony, and uncertainty. Renewal is also the crucial first step in preparing for change and the future. Renewal takes effort and forces us out of our comfort zones. To those in the middle years of life, renewal is crucial to ensure the following years are vibrant, life-giving, and filled with purposes that closely follow Jesus Christ.
For six days you travel through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery with fellow sojourners. Cook, hike, explore, and ultimately soak in the vast beauty of California’s high mountains. There is far more than just beauty here though. The quiet reflections of the alpine world blend perfectly with the inherent physical and emotional challenges to form a great catalyst for renewal.
Our Men’s Life Renewal adventure is an outdoor experience for men that will engage the mind, challenge the body, push perceived limits, follow the lead of our Lord and Savior, and connect you with a community of men. The trip is designed to introduce, prepare, and challenge you to reflect and renew. This course is part of a 2-year program for men called the Men’s Life Renewal Journey led by Bryan Feller and Tom Smith, PhD. You are welcome to join us for the whole program, or just parts of it.
Check out this video to learn more about the Men’s Life Renewal Adventure:
- Rock climbing & rappelling
- Peak climbing
- Cross country travel
- Solitude & contemplation
- Peer discussion
Arrive at Summit Adventure’s basecamp, pack-up, depart for the trailhead, hike to campsite. After dinner is a facilitated discussion on goals and purposes of renewal, life stories, etc.
Spend a day rock climbing in the Backcountry, backpack to lakefront campsites that require 3-5 miles per day. Lakes could include Cora, Lady, Burro, and Rutherford. Each day begins with a devotional reflection time. Depending upon schedule and conditions, we will also attempt to climb Madera Peak and complete a 12-24 hour solo.
Morning devotional and hike to our final camp for a night of celebration and re-commitment.
Hike out, de-issue, leave after lunch.
Preparation for the Trip
Contemplation, reflection, and prayer are crucial to renewal and spiritual growth. Our seven days in the wilderness will be greatly enhanced by preparation before we get to the trail. There are two excellent resources to help us do this.
- Surrender to Love by David Benner
- Love: A Guide for Prayer by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and S. Marie Scwann
Begin with Benner and make sure to read thoughtfully and reflectively. As you work through Surrender to Love, begin to add Love: A Guide for Prayer, based upon the 16th century spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. You will enter into the very rich history of spiritual growth and renewal that many have found with this approach.
Once on the trail, we will focus heavily on the prayer guide. The exercises, prayers, and reflections lend themselves perfectly to a pristine, quiet, and staggeringly beautiful environment far removed from our everyday busy lives. Benner’s book provides the framework, Bergan and Schwann the approach to encountering God in perhaps a fresh new way. Plan on showing up for the course with Benner fully read and the prayer guide at least a little tested.
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