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You are here: Home Wilderness Programs Ages 14 - 18 Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

When Jul 07, 2019 09:00 AM to
Jul 14, 2019 05:00 PM
Where Olympic National Park; Program starts and ends in Bothell, WA
Cost: $975 (deposit $250), financial aid available
Ages: 14-18, all genders
Contact Name Cameron Withey
Contact Email
Contact Phone 425.485.7396
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There is nothing like time in the wilderness to get fresh perspective and renew yourself.


“I have made deeper connections here than I ever did at school or at home. Being in the wilderness and going on a solo journey has changed my life for the better. I've made friends to keep, gathered thoughts to remember fondly, and found more respect for other people and myself. This was a great experience.”

– Jane, 2017 participant

Each summer in the Pacific Northwest, the grandeur of the mountains calls to be explored. If we have the opportunity to make it out there, we find all kinds of wonders, as well as a quietness in which we can hear our own voice more clearly.

What teen participants taking this journey over the years have said is that they want to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the wilderness, and to have some dedicated opportunities for self-reflection. This is what Fire on the Mountain is all about. Looking at ourselves and where we’re at isn’t always easy, but it always feels good to get clear and motivated about our next steps.

Along with three guides and up to eight other participants, you will spend almost the entirety of these eight days in the wilderness, backpacking and developing skills in wilderness living, connecting with peers and mentors, playing games, enjoying some solitude, and much more. Along with being down-to-earth, experienced wilderness guides, your mentors will provide a safe and supportive setting to reflect deeply, share honestly, and set personally-meaningful intention for yourself going forward.

In 2016, we renamed this journey ‘Fire on the Mountain’ after a few years of seeing it inspire participants to connect with their authentic voice, their truth, their fire. There will be campfires with storytelling and talking circles under the stars by night. By day, we’ll keep cool and hydrated along the trail, enjoying big views, beautiful rivers, and opportunities to swim and play.

On this program we welcome young people with any amount of backpacking experience, including none. Participants should be in physical condition to hike up to 6 or 7 miles in a day with a heavy pack; however, physical challenge isn’t the purpose of this experience, and most days will be less strenuous. This journey serves as a great introduction to the more rigorous wilderness backpacking and personal challenge and growth opportunities available on our 3-week Solo Crossing program.

Come be part of a tight-knit tribe for a week, and feel in yourself the expansiveness offered by these stunning mountain landscapes.


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 Financial aid may be available. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.


2018 Program Staff


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          Carl Busse

                 Rachel Duthler

Carl has spent most of his 57 years finding ways to spend time in the wilderness. He has been leading wilderness adventures for Journeys since 2011. He is an experienced Waldorf high school teacher who is deeply committed to providing a safe vessel for adolescents to explore their power and deepen their relationship to nature. He finds deep satisfaction in  supporting the next generation of wilderness mentors.


Growing up wandering the dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan, Rachel found her most centered self in the wilderness and near the water. It brings her joy to create opportunities for others to discover transformation through nature- whether that be through her day job as a community farm coordinator in Seattle or by leading wilderness trips with youth and adults. She completed her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Michigan State University in 2009 and was determined to find a way to unite her passions for mental wholeness, social justice, and nature based work. Aside from experience teaching and creating a program for children and youth to connect with nature in gardens, she has also lead adult wilderness trips and rock climbing trips with youth. She began with Journeys last year in 2015, as an apprentice for the Adult Wilderness Quest. When she’s not on trips or in the garden, you might find her jumping in lakes, rock climbing, reading in her hammock, dancing, visiting new places, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

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