Hazardous Journeys Report: Team Summits Five Peaks, Glories in God’s Creation
Up mountain peaks they climbed—15 men intent on training for yet greater challenges as they backpacked through the remote mountains of Southwest Colorado as part of the Backcountry Experience Bootcamp.
The bootcamp, held July 28 through August 4, was the inaugural event for the Hazardous Journeys Society, launched earlier this year by Vision Forum during the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival when three engaging video shorts were unveiled—Dominion, Risk, and Manhood—which illustrate three of the core principles of the newly-formed organization. The Hazardous Journeys Society has a unique ten-year mission: to send father-and-son teams on journeys to every nation of the world to explore and declare the glory of God.
The wilderness backpack challenge was led by Dr. Austin F. Collins (honorary Ph. D. in adventure), aided by Andrew Torres and Joshua and Justice Phillips, the two eldest sons of society founder, Doug Phillips. The group rendezvoused in Durango, Colorado where Dr. Collins and his fellow team leaders laid out the vision for the Hazardous Journeys Society, as well as the goals of this expedition. From there the team journeyed to the historic mining town of Silverton, where the work began.
Summiting at nearly 14,000 feet
Following a full day of ground training and acclimation at 10,500 feet at their base camp in Silverton, the team took the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train, an authentic steam train originally founded in 1880, into the heart of the largest wilderness area in Colorado.
Each man was equipped with fully-loaded packs, and each day in the elements tested their physical stamina as, over the course of the weeklong bootcamp, the men summited numerous peaks nearly 14,000 feet in height, rappelled down cliffs, and took part in other mountain training exercises.
The 15-man team had a variety of members from across the country, including two father-son teams and two sets of brothers. All of the men’s expectations were realized, as the team was not only blessed with a safe expedition, but with numerous accomplishments met. Not only did the majority of the group summit five peaks, but the men were equipped with the necessary skills and the foundation to plan and lead their own Hazardous Journeys around the world.
Hazardous Journeys Society Bootcamp Team
Beyond the physical training, a vision was cast for the men to take dominion—to uncover the hidden things of old and proclaim the mighty works of God’s creation.
To watch the three introductory video shorts for the society and to learn more about its vision, visit hazardousjourneys.org.