Plan Your Own Adventure

Though thousands of students and groups have experienced our standard program components—rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking—with great success on a classic course, for many reasons, some individuals and groups need something different. These groups have unique needs—group size, location, experience level, goals—yet still want what Summit Adventure offers so well: challenge, adventure, and reflection.

Here’s a quick list to give you an idea of custom courses Summit Adventure has developed in the past.

  • University Staff Retreats
  • New Student Orientation
  • Spring Break Service & Adventure
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Church Staff Retreats
  • Corporate Strategic Planning Retreats with Adventure Excursions
  • Parenting/Family Courses
  • Experiential Education Opportunities
  • Adaptive Programming (for persons with disabilities)
  • Service Trips
  • Mid-Life Renewal Expeditions

Our Clients Include...

Since its beginning in 1973, Summit Adventure has worked with hundreds of groups, colleges, and schools. All of these organizations and institutions have recognized the standard of excellence that Summit Adventure has set for its programming.

The customization of opportunities sets Summit Adventure apart from similar organizations. The quality of experience that Summit Adventure provides keeps these groups returning year after year. This is a partial list of groups for which Summit Adventure has provided programming.

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Simpson University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Alderson Broaddus College
  • Westminster College
  • University of San Diego
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Penn State
  • Montreat College
  • Biola University
  • Focus on the Family
  • Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • World Impact
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Young Life
  • Cru
  • AFSC – Roots for Peace Program

The locations we can take you…

If you can find it on a map, Summit can take your group there. We are not limited by location, only by your budget constraints and creativity. That being said, here are a few areas we are experts in:

Eastern Sierra

Yosemite, Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness & more. Spectacular granite, pristine alpine lakes, clear skies and dry weather.


Death Valley, The Mojave & Joshua Tree National Park. The deserts of California make for great backpacking and climbing trips in the winter and late fall.


The “Jewel of the Andes.” Stunning mountain ridges, gleaming glacial slopes, and the mysterious grasslands known as the paramo.

The Holy Land

Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth. Embark on a trek for four days from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee along the Jesus Trail.


Argentine Patagonia. One of the world’s last wild places. Towering craggy peaks, pristine blue lakes, and windswept ice fields.

Mt. Rainier

Icy blue crevasses, wind-sculpted snow structures, and ancient flowing glacier. Mt. Rainier is the highest point in the Pacific Northwest.

What components are a part of our courses?

If you can find it on a map, Summit can take your group there. We are not limited by location, only by your budget constraints and creativity. That being said, here are a few areas we are experts in:


All our courses have some type of adventure component that will push you outside your comfort zone. Whether it is hiking to an alpine lake or attempting to Summit a 19,347′ stratovolcano in Ecuador, Summit has decades of experience in facilitating outdoor adventure activities.

Rappelling • Backpacking • Rock Climbing • Mountaineering • Ice Climbing • Nordic Skiing • Backcountry Skiing


Service is a huge part of our culture at Summit Adventure. All our international trips have a service component, where we work along-side locals and get the chance to learn about their culture and help them with some small task. Many of our students have said that this is the most impactful part of the experience. For our College Semester Program, service is interwoven throughout the whole semester. On our wilderness adventures we emphasize the importance of serving others in the group.


At Summit Adventure, we have instructors and facilitators, not guides. We want your time with us to be a learning experience. Whether that is learning about culture, outdoor skills, caring for the wilderness or how to communicate better, we want you to walk away having learned something. Our courses and programs push you intellectually, emotionally and spiritually and you will certainly be asked “what have you learned on this trip that you can apply to your life back home?”

Interested in Planning a Custom Course?