Summit Journeys at Venture Out! are the best adventures of the summer
Summit Journeys is teaming up with Venture Out this summer to offer a progressive series of fun outdoor adventures for youth (10-17) in the Millcreek community. Each week a different outdoor space in the Millcreek area will be highlighted, showcasing the many adventure activities that are available locally to our community. From trail hikes to river romps, bike paths to bouldering, paddling to climbing zones, there are endless hidden gems to be explored in our backyard.
Most importantly, our adventures offer a time to connect with friends in a fun outdoor environment, away from the stress of home, screens, and daily pressures. Journeys are subject to change and growth over the course of the summer. To stay up to date & get involved, sign up for our mailing list, and come visit us at Venture Out! each Friday evening.
For more information, visit our website at summitjourneys.org
This Week's Event
Packrafting the Jordan river, we’ll spend time in the water learning how to paddle and getting to know our local waterways! Packrafts and a quick lesson on how to paddle are included!
Our last event of the summer, we’ll be summiting Grandeur Peak from Churchfork Trail head. Hitting the trail first thing in the morning in an attempt to beat the heat, we should be back in time for lunch!
Meet the Team
Eric has worked in the field of outdoor and international education, wilderness therapy, and counseling for over 10 years. Throughout this time, he has designed, managed, and guided youth programs throughout the world- from Nepal, to Ecuador, to here in Utah. Eric holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Connecticut College, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Saybrook University, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah. On a personal level, Eric uses any free time he can muster to explore the beautiful mountains surrounding his home. Whether backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or trail running, Eric is happiest when he's outside and moving. Eric is certified medically as a Wilderness First Responder, and holds risk mitigation and group management as a top priority in youth programming. In addition to his current role as co-program director with Summit Journeys, Eric teaches Positive Psychology at the University of Utah for undergraduate and graduate students, and coaches alpine ski racing with the Rowland Hall school.
Stella has worked and played outdoors since she can remember – the wonder she felt on her first backpacking trip in the San Francisco Bay at 7 is still there with every desert trip or backcountry tour. A Utah native, Stella has worked as a camp counselor through high school, taught skiing for four years at Snowbird through college, and worked in the outdoor industry in numerous capacities in between, she knows the Wasatch trails and secret swimming holes well and finds great joy in helping the next generation of outdoors people find connection with the earth and outdoor play. Stella has a B.S. in Multi-Disciplinary Design from the University of Utah and is pursuing an M.F.A in Social Design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC where she hopes to continue her work in outdoor education and adventure at a global scale. In her free time, Stella can be found skiing, climbing, practicing yoga & most recently learning to whitewater SUP and venturing into the world of ski mountaineering. Stella is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Journeys are subject to change and growth over the course of the summer. To stay up to date & get involved, sign up for our mailing list, and come visit us at Venture Out! each Friday evening.