Youth Climbers Represent!

Ten young superstars from the climbing club took part in the semiannual climbing competition at Northern Heights Rock Gym in mid April.  While all the climbers deserve recognition for their achievements, special accolades go to Asaliah, Emmit, and Keegan who placed first, second and third respectively in the youth category.  Several of the club members, despite their qualifying by age for the youth category, decided to enter in the intermediate category and go head to head with climbers twice thier ages.

Climbing Club fills up!

The second session of our climbing club is bursting at the seams and registration is now closed!  We've got a good mix of new and returning climbers and even one person driving up from Fargo every Monday to join our band of budding ascensionists.   We'll keep you posted on future dates, and in the meantime, make sure to check out our youth adventure racing camp happening this summer from June 4th to June 7th.  

Youth racer makes the Iceman Podium!

Paul Schafer, a seventeen year old Central High School student, fought a hard battle at the third annual ColdAvenger Iceman Triathlon last weekend (Feb. 25th) and made his way onto the podium for an impressive third place finish.  Facing seasoned competitors from Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo, and even Minnesota and Canada, Shafer -a top cross-country runner - passed UND law professor Joe Vacek during the last half mile of the run.  Vacek had more than a four minute lead going into the three mile run  and commented, "he just came out of nowhere!".

Altru Health System teams up with GUP

Altru Health System has generously donated $1000 to provide need based scholarships for GUP's summer adventure camp - a four day camp slated for the 11th through the 14th of June.  Campers aged 11-15 will learn map and compass navigation, mountain biking skills, pack-rafting, and teamwork over the four days. The rigorous schedule will culminate in an overnight stay in Turtle River State Park on Wednesday night and a real adventure race experience the following morning.  For more info, email

Thoughts on youth

Ground UP adventures is reorganizing a bit - our focus as an organization is turing exclusively towards promoting and providing adventuring for youth.  I'm pretty excited about the change because its a move towards something i really believe in.  Here's a brief essay that gives a bit of insight into why i think its so important to get kids involved in (or at the very least give them the option to get involved in) genuine adventures.