"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
Come on a wilderness adventure of backpacking through the beauty nature has to offer in northern Michigan. We'll teach you the basics and then we'll give you the lead! In the process you will make life-long friends, discover your own strengths, and make lasting memories.
In today's culture, there is never enough space to just enjoy free time and life. We are always doing something. Come get away with new friends or old and experience the joys nature has to offer through her quietness and beauty. Spend time walking among the trees and alongside other men and women who want to do the same. You will get a chance to cheer each other on while you do things that you never thought you could.
Though you will be participating in outdoor activities as a team daily as you live and move throughout the trip, these are not the main focus of this trip, but the tools and experiences being used for your own personal growth, challenge, and refinement. You will be challenged by working with others on daily tasks. You will be challenged to hike farther and longer than you think you can. You will grow personally by pushing yourself through the different challenges you face. You will grow personally as you have time to meditate or reflect in SOLO as well as what you choose to focus on and reflect on in your own personal quiet time. Here at Northern Lakes Impact Center, we hope that this wilderness experience will lead you to a renewed identity and self-awareness, a deeper confidence in yourself, an expansion of knowledge, new lifelong friendships, and a new appreciation for self, others, and the environment.
Skills covered on this trip include, but are not limited to:
On / off trail navigation
Camp set-up / tear down
Leave No Trace and Environmental Care
Overcoming personal challenges
This course has been designed with you in mind, however, it is also important to be aware of some of the potential emotional, mental, and physical challenges you may face while on this trip. Below is a list of the things to consider before signing up for this trip.
You will be carrying a backpack with your gear and group gear in it. This pack will weigh roughly 30-40% of your body weight.
You will be sleeping in a tent or hammock.
You will be hiking on uneven terrain.
You may be hiking up to 3 miles per day.
Days on the trail are often long and you may be required to be up 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.
You may be stretched emotionally, mentally, and physically through long days on the trail, working with others, and spending time alone time reflecting.