Outdoor experiences, day outings, retreats, and more for Veterans, Servicemembers, Family, and front line civilians
Attend expeditions, treks, volunteer opportunities, and wilderness experience courses to help Veterans and families reintegrate, providing holistic and mental wellness through outdoor interaction and activities. Programming is geared towards Military, Veteran and front line civilian participants, with Family Members and Caregivers welcome depending on event and space permitting. For those interested in leading these expeditions, see more details in the national Leadership Training chapter for Sierra Club.
More information can be found on https://www.sierraclub.org
Staff, location, venue, activity were all wonderful. I could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you so much for all that you do!
I really enjoyed this trip. I'm a NYC native and haven't been able to get upstate much. It was a welcomed break from city life. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable with trails to explore nearby and breakfast in the morning. I've never done outdoor rock climbing and this experience was great! The guides were really patient and meticulous in their explanations. We were really safe and the climbing presented a formidable challenge. Our group of veterans were awesome! I would definitely go again!
The event offered beautiful oppprtunities to connect, share and explore the outdoors. The lodge, food and guide services were phenomenal as was the company. Thank you for the opportunity to connect with other veterans and renew connection, comraderie and learning of each other’s journies.
The place we stayed was AMAZING, with friendly owners and friendly dogs (even though one never wanted you to get the tennis ball though she really wanted you to throw it). Even though we had a power outage, it might have even made us closer as a group. The drive to get there was long, but so was the actual climbing day which was really well done, challenging for all skill levels, and a fun experience. Maybe a stretching event that night would have helped, because there was a lot of soreness the next day. The food was great at the lodge, and thanks to Sierra Club for dinner. As for the group, they were really friendly and no one was left out or stayed to themselves, and everyone really encouraged each other all through climbing. I liked that there was still free time Sunday morning, not too much "mandatory fun" type of activities, because it gave everyone a chance to sleep in, relax, hike a little, and even climb a little more. I would definitely go again.
The experience was fulfilling and relaxing. It allowed me to engage in fun group activity with individuals I felt I could relate too. Overall it allowed me to decompress while at the sane time let off some steam. The guides and host were extremely professional and the trip all together was very organized.
It was amazing. The outing leader was helpful and informative. It was such a great experience to network, meet fellow veterans, and experience rock climbing for the first time of my life. It was such an exhilarating, surreal experience and would definitely participate on these trips in the future. My only complaint was that [identifying information redacted] was inappropriate at times, touching a fellow veteran, [identifying information redacted] by rubbing his hair, and having some inappropriate physical contact (nonsexual). It made me feel uncomfortable due to we all just met and it sometimes it was awkward. I disliked the "busting chops" due to diversity of branches. Fellow veterans should be mindful of their jokes with other branches, because it does not serve any purpose to "bust each other's chops" due to diversity of service. Also, I suggest this should be address on briefs so that everyone is aware of this common courtesy, respect, and appropriateness of people's behavior. It should be a safe environment for everyone and be treated with respect and consideration. [identifying information redacted] was condescending, disrespectful, rude, and irritating to the group. On Sunday morning, at breakfast, he was hovering over [identifying information redacted], disregard for personal space and a strong lack of social cues. I was very uncomfortable around him and I honestly would not look forward to seeing him again on this trip without him being briefed and spoken to about his behavior. He is also very insulting, negative, and judgmental of everyone. It might be helpful to address these prior to these trips so that all attendees are on the same page regarding appropriate behavior. Offensive jokes should be avoided and awareness of treatment of fellow veterans should be discussed. [identifying information redacted] has made irritating comments and jokes with me and I set him aside and spoke with individually. I told him to stop making comments to me yet he continued to do so few hours later. This should not be tolerated and moving forward, I should have brought this to someone's concern but did not want to catastrophize it. [identifying information redacted] was just immature, lack social cues when people do not want to interact or talk with him. This would be my complaint of the entire trip. Another fellow veteran have also complained about him. [identifying information redacted] examples of lack of manners are while I was opening, he ran behind me and rushed to the door in front of me, 2.) when I was crossing the stream on our hike, as I was going towards the water, he says I want to go first... These are very inconsiderate and rude behaviors. I just did not want to have to tell him something each time he acts rudely. It would have been draining and interfere with my enjoyment of the trip. This type of behavior should not be tolerated from an adult person.
It was my first time on rock climbing, so I was nervous about this event. I doubt myself that I can finished the entire rock climbing. However, they picked rock that is easier for beginner to climb. Plus, they are so patient that even though I start to struggle during the climbing, they still wait, support and encourage me to finish the entire rock climbing.
Well - led outing that included: clear communication prior to the trip departure date; fantastic venue that enabled a chance to disconnect from city life in a pretty setting; fun while challenging (at least for the beginner folks) outdoor activity that offered the opportunity to stretch oneself physically and mentally and interact with others naturally; and ease in which to participate (all-inclusive experience; transportation to venue). Luck played a part: weather cooperated to enable perfect conditions to climb outside; all participants were kind and thoughtful (no jerks to distract). The leader had the right touch to keep the group together in a cohesive way without it feeling forced. Everyone seemed to have a great time, with no one appearing left out, neglected, or dealing with personal issues to detract from the group experience. The only problem came in the beginning with a conflicting time schedule at Grand Central and one participant's issue with his cellphone that led to confusion for the first hour at the White Plains station. The problem was resolved quickly and no hard feelings lingered.