Imagine yourself standing at 13,000 feet, having just reached the summit of your third mountain in a matter of days, looking out at the most beautiful landscaping. This is the Colorado Hiking Trip: A 10 day 3-peak hike through the beautiful mountains of Colorado which will be an act of physical sacrifice on behalf on our friends at Deepgreen Threads.
We could give you 100 reasons why we think you should join this trek, but instead we thought we’d let you hear it from one of the 2013 hikers. Meet Venture alumna, Dana Gotz:
VE. Dana, what made you interested in Venture Expeditions?
DG. Over the past year, I was really in an emotional and spiritual desert. I thought some type of experience that incorporated both adventure and spirituality might help me to move beyond this point in my life. A Venture Expeditions’ trip seemed like the perfect combination of doing something adventurous, discovering my soul, and sacrificing for a greater cause.
VE. Why did you choose your specific trip to go on?
DG. I really had a desire to completely unplug from my day-to-day life and get away from everything to hear from God. The idea of being out in the wilderness in solitude, hiking five summits, and experiencing God’s creation in Colorado really appealed to me – and it did not disappoint! There is nothing compared to being on top of a mountain feeling like there’s nothing you can’t do and nothing that can separate you from God’s love.
VE. We know Venture trips test you physically and mentally. How has Venture helped you grow spiritually?
DG. This trip was a sacred experience in my faith journey. Our team was a group of individuals who were all at very different places in our faith. I found them to be such an authentic group of people who God used to speak to me and affirm my identity and who He created me to be. We really bonded through intentionally sharing our life stories and just getting through the highs and challenges of the trip. In preparing for the trip, I was expecting God to reveal something profound to me related to where I was at in my life…what I heard Him say throughout the trip -both through my team and in my heart – was that it doesn’t matter what I’ve done or where I’m at, He loves me and nothing will ever change that. Period. Simple but profound. At the end of the trip, I was trying to sum up in one word or phrase what the trip had meant to me and what I came up with was “life-giving”. I felt so full after the trip – it restored me both mentally and spiritually.
VE. What advice would you give to someone considering joining a Venture trip?
DG. Do it! Don’t be dissuaded by fear, finances, time, ability, or anything else that may be hindering you from such an experience. In the V.E. Discovery Guide it says that sacrifice is God’s path to glory. You will be rewarded mentally, physically and spiritually and God will be glorified – it truly is life-changing.
Are you interested in joining the 2014 Colorado Hiking Trek? Click here to learn more and to apply. We can’t wait to hike with you.