Adventure Post

: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Ellen Tee!

Ellen Tee is someone who I’ve known and admired for years now, and I’m happy to pass on all the wisdom that she has shared with me. If you have ever planned a trip, completed a school project, or just tried keep your room or house in decent order then you know how important good…

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: A Photo Journey of the CKC Mission to Ecuador

This trip surpassed our expectations in a big way. We wish to give a special shoutout to Ricky Lytle, our fearless leader and an amazing liason to our hosts in Ecuador! Thank you for all you did to make this trip happen, Ricky! We love you! Our trip was broken into two parts: (1) working…

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: Ski-K-C Trip Report

This past week CKC journeyed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for an epic week of skiing, reuniting with old friends and making new ones. With over twenty members in the group of alumni, current staff, friends and family, we had a fantastic crew to shred some powdery runs. Steamboat received over 50 inches of snow during…

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: Reaching YOUR Summit

I recently went on my honeymoon in Bali and spent two weeks alongside my husband soaking in the sun, playing in the ocean, and summiting a nearly 13,000 foot mountain. When we returned everyone asked us, “Wow how was paradise? Did you relax the whole time?” In response, as the pitch in my voice rose…

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: Essential Skills: How to Pack a Backpack

A backpacking trip on your own might sound intimidating. If you remember the six Ps (Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance) and take a little extra time to thoroughly prepare, you’ll be off on your adventure in no time. Let’s start with Dave’s packing list!  If you followed the packing list above and gathered season…

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: Real Adventure Takes Trust

When I finally had the opportunity to leave the office for a trip this summer I wasecstatic. I packed all my gear the night before; I woke up before dawn and eagerly awaitedputting on the river for the first time in months. After hopping in the van with the advancedpaddlers, everyone excitedly chatted about the…

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: “Worm & Flippers and Their Great Appalachian Adventure” Trip Report by Lizzie Denham

Last year, my Chos-man Aaron Miller and I hiked the Appalachian Trail. For those who are unfamiliar with the AT, it is a 2,194-mile trail stretching from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME. Every year, aspiring thru-hikers start at one end with the intention of getting to the other before the snow starts blowing. On average, 25% of people who start a thru-hike of the AT finish it. Aaron and I were 2 of that blessed 25% who made it to the end. Along the way, we went by trail names, his being “Flippers” and mine being “Worm.”

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: “Let Him Deliver” Ricky Lytle Shares Love for the River in Ecuador

When Ricky Lytle left Dartmouth College in January of 2021 for his Winter term, his intention was to try his hand teaching kayaking in a different culture as well as to assist with some mission work on the edge of the Amazon. While his goals were clear when he arrived in Ecuador, Ricky wasn’t entirely…

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: “Challenges Help You Grow” by Jess Pienta

It’s still surreal for me to think about what the past 4 months have been. Five days after I finished working at Family Camp this past summer, I was in the air flying to Europe. You could say that was a whirlwind for sure.  After I finished working as Head of Wilderness, I shortly began…

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: Burning Calories and Crushing Miles

By Sean Callahan – Chosatonga Wilderness Staff ’21 It started with a phone call, and ended with 102 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  Back in April, I received a call from a friend encouraging me to pursue a summer backpacking leadership position down in North Carolina. After researching and noticing the outdoor components of the…

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: “CKC on a Sunday” by Emily Kasper

There is nothing on Earth like a summer camp on a Sunday.  The campers are all present after a busy week of paddling excursions, hikes and overnights, and biking or climbing expeditions.  Everyone is together- and everything has slowed down.  Today we saw counselors pausing to let the youngest campers track a butterfly for longer…

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