Outdoor Climbing Retreats 2018
SEPT 2018: EAST COAST
Raider Project and Darby Project will be hosting our Fall Climbing Retreat this September at Pilot Mountain, NC.
When: September 21-24 2018
Where: Pilot Mountain
Who: Eligible veterans East of the Mississippi River. Please fill out the application form above (additional information may be needed).
Additional information: Veterans will be meeting up at a convenient location/airport. Camping arrangements will be outside of the park. See packing suggestions at the bottom of this page.
The Raider Project is offering a weekend outdoor rock climbing trip to veterans that are working through the rigors associated with transition out of the service. Previous trips have included top rope climbing of beautiful Windgate Sandstone face and crack climbs, adventures through the New River Gorge in West Virginia, and scenic desert climbs in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. We'll be teaching the basics of rope work, climbing techniques, and belaying. There will be camping, hiking, climbing, and rappelling - supplemented with yoga and wellness teachings.
The goal is at the top, but the task is right in front of you. You have to focus and be in the moment. One distraction, one look away, one thought on something else besides what is right in front of you; and you miss your next step. You have to focus on each hold, each step, and one inch at a time you will achieve your goal.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL CHANCE TO GIVE VETERANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNWIND, build camaraderie and work together for a common goal.
THE PLAN (2018)
DAY 1 - Arrivals
Groups will either be landing in RDU Raleigh NC and driving up to campsite in a rented RV OR picked up by our guide. Local attendees will need to drive to Pilot Mountain Family Campground and arrive no later than 1800.
1900 Meet & Greet/Set up camp
DAY 2 & 3 Instruction and Climbing
0615 Wake up
0715 Guided Morning Meditation
0745 Daily Brief
0800 Pack up
0830 Push to climbing site #1
0930 Arrive to site, Ropes & Safety instruction
1800 Return to campsite
1900 Sunset Yoga
1930 – 2200 Hygiene, socialize, recover
DAY 4 - Departures
0700 Wake up
0800-1000 Break down camp
1030 Pack up
1100 Return rental gear
1300 Shuttle leaves for Airport
GEAR - WE WILL PROVIDE:
Sleeping bags - 20 degree bags
Group Camping Packages - includes
- 3 person tent
- MSR Stove w/ fuel
- cooking set
- food & snacks
Rock Climbing package - includes
- climbing harness
- climbing shoes
- chalk bag
- belay devices
- YETI Rambler & swag
Yoga mat & carrying bag
Raider Project SWAG bag
- Backpack for your weekend kit.
- At least one extra set of clean clothes (extra socks)
- Lip balm (preferable with UV protection)
- Small towel
- Very light jacket in case the nights are cool
- Camera (optional)
- Small pillow
- Flip flops or your choice of camp shoes
- Comfortable hiking shoes/boots
- Wet wipes
- Shower/hygiene supplies