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Peak Performance- Costco Highlights Peak 7

RYAN KERRIGAN is introducing underprivileged and at-risk teenagers in the Pacific Northwest to outdoor adventures only miles from their homes but a world away from their daily lives. The Costco member is the founder and executive director of Peak 7 Adventures…


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Spotlight: What Kind of Old Man Do I Want to Be?

Peak 7 has an incredible crew of volunteers. Many of them give of their time and effort to multiple organizations doing great work in their cities. Dave has been involved with Peak 7 Oregon from the beginning and we are honored to be included as one of the places he chooses to spend his time giving back!


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A Real Leader

During my two summers guiding with Peak 7, I often met teens who were afraid to try rock climbing. Whether it was the height, the distrust of the ropes, or something else, each had their own reason for being skeptical of trying it. Which, to be fair, is a completely normal response for someone who, more likely than not, doesn’t know anyone that has ever tried rock climbing.


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Spotlight: Running for Peak 7

As an outdoors organization, Peak 7 naturally draws a crew of very active volunteers and supporters. One of our supporters, Matt Long, is turning his active lifestyle into a conduit for supporting Peak 7. On November 19, he will be running the Grand Ridge Trail Marathon in Issaquah, WA to raise funds to get youth outside with Peak 7.


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Spotlight: A Good Foundation

A good foundation is what supports structures, keeping them solid so that they can not only exist, but last. Organizations are the same. They need a good foundation of volunteers and donors in order to succeed. Peak 7 is blessed by so many people who give not only of their finances, but also of their time. Whether donor, volunteer, or both, Peak 7 Adventures just wouldn’t be possible without you.


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BAC: What's Your Story?

And just like that, our first week together as the Bower Adventure Course (BAC) crew has come to a close. Since the eight students arrived on Monday afternoon, they’ve already completed a whole range of adventures. My personal favorite metric – we’ve already put nearly 600 miles on our bus.


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The BAC Begins - guest writer Kevin Glover

Could it be possible for our ministry to impact a kid so deeply that he or she doesn’t just go home changed, but goes home ready to change their street, their school, their world? We decided to take a step forward and see, and this vision of equipping peer leaders is a big part of the vision behind the Bower Adventure Course.


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Meet Dieu, a BAC Youth

“This summer I want to have new experiences. I want to gain leadership skills, explore the outdoors, and bond with others as I grow in my faith,” says Dieu, a soon-to-be participant in Peak 7’s new Bower Adventure Course (BAC)….


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Spring Break on the Coast

Earlier this month a group of girls from Tacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) headed to the Olympic Coast for their annual spring break backpacking trip. Each of the teens were brand new to the outdoors, and we spent a lot of time counting “firsts”: first time setting up a tent, first time swinging on a rope swing…


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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Nancy

Every volunteer has a unique story of how they got involved, and why volunteering with Peak 7 is meaningful to them. So, we thought it would be fun to introduce a few of them to you! We’re starting with Nancy, a dedicated Seattle volunteer that has helped with everything from events to rock climbing trips over the last year.


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A Turning Point

Beth is a graduate of the Union Gospel Mission recovery program. For years she hid a destructive personal life by working well-paying jobs and not giving into the temptation of the substance abuse around her. To outsiders, she made it seem like her life was pretty well put together. Unfortunately, the front was a successful cover for two severely abusive relationships. Eventually, Beth realized it was time to ask for… Read More


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Vine Maple Place Trip

During our spring season, I had the privilege of taking two different groups from local rescue missions on 3-day Ascent trips to the Olympic coast. The second of these trips was with Vine Maple Place, a Seattle-based organization that works with single parent families in need. As we set out on the tree-lined trail leading to the Pacific Ocean, I began getting to know the kids and learned that none… Read More


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Tyler

On my last trip as a summer guide for Peak 7’s 2015 season, I had the privilege of leading a three-day backpacking trip in Olympic National Park with Re:New, a housing program for teens in need of a healthy environment in which to live and complete their education. As the group arrived to gear up at the warehouse the first morning, my co-guide Bobby and I knew that this trip… Read More


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7th Annual Bocce Tournament

Our 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament was a tremendous success! Between 32 teams, spectators, and volunteers we had over 200 people vying for raffle items, eating pasta, and obliterating pies. Together, we raised over $25,000, which means almost 200 youth will be able to summit Mt. Baker, raft the Wenatchee River, or climb Smith Rock next year. As for the competition, last year’s winning team successfully defended their title as… Read More


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