Trip Stories

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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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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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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