Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Northwoods Adventure Continues on the the Superior Hiking Trail

Christian hangs loose off a granite rock face at Shovel Point

Abi's smile reflects her sense of accomplishment 

After the group emerged from 2 solid weeks of canoeing and portaging through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, they took a day to do some rock climbing at Shovel Point -- a premier climbing spot located on the Minnesota north shore. The day-long climbing adventure certainly helped solidify group cohesion and trust. Picture this: tethered into your climbing harness, with all other climbing safety measures in place, you step over the edge of a 50 foot cliff, rappel your way down a craggy granite face, with nothing but open air between you and the chilly waters of Lake Superior. Yep, that is what this group of 16 intrepid adventurers did! After a beautiful day of climbing the group split up into three smaller groups and hiked independently for 6 days, covering over 60 miles per group. Facing a day of drenching rain, heavy packs, cool weather, maneuvering across boardwalks and suspension bridges, the three brigades ended their trek and made their way back to Voyageur Outward Bound's base camp outside of Ely, MN, a few days shy of a full month. 
Hiking across the Baptism River near High Falls

Morgan's hiking group north of Tettegouche State Park
Christian, Matt and Zach take in the view

They spent a few days in and around Home Place, Outward Bound's base camp, trying out their skill on the high ropes course, assisting the Outward Bound staff in complete gear clean up, and then two full days engaged in direct service with local organizations: Habitat for Humanity, the Ely Marathon, and the Ely Area Food Shelf.

Alec and Morgan show off their new power tools
Swinging like monkeys on the high ropes course!

The chefs of some delicious stir-fry!

All dressed up and ready to cheer on some marathoners!

Sam, Alec and Nicole taking a break
The bridge less traveled by

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