As an Outward Bound instructor, Will Parks has taught mountaineering and rock climbing to tough, brawny sorts. But he?s found that it?s not physical agility, but mindset, that empowers people to triumph over difficult situations. Will strives to impart that lesson via Adventure Dynamics?s courses. Though it?s exhilarating to race down the 400-foot zipline overlooking the Spokane River and skitter across a five-story balance beam, the challenges are all, ultimately, a means to an end.
While Adventure Dynamics is faith-based organization guided by Christian principles, Will Parks has welcomed a variety of groups and has watched as people learn to communicate in high-stress situations, be it while in the middle of the ropes course or while grappling with the reality of Morgan Freeman?s mortality. ?One day of work here is equal to one month in the office,? says Will, pointing to the intensity of interactions that take place and the bonds that form thereafter. ?People don?t remember what they learn by lecture or presentation. They remember what they do." His activities, he adds, are ideal for Life Groups and Church Groups.
Wild Walls Indoor Climbing Gym sprawls across 6,000 square feet of a historic armory building, challenging gravity-bound bodies with various climbing and bouldering structures. “People have the misconception that rock climbing is like an amusement ride,” says Todd, the general manager. Wild Walls lures exercisers from dull workouts, such as watching paint dry on dumbbells, by offering challenging routes, tricky angles, and a wide variety of top-rope and sport-lead routes. Indoor adventurers can vary sweat sessions with yoga classes.
Wild Walls also stocks portable walls that soar to 16 and 24 feet, ideal for birthday celebrants or bosses who need a way to determine which employee gets a raise. For more permanent climbing surfaces, its staffers can install traverse walls, which run horizontally, in locations such as school gyms or underground monkey-training facilities.
Nestled in 500 acres of lakeside woods, Camp Spalding encourages youngsters and teens in grades 2–12 to explore the great outdoors, giving them a scenic playground to go boating, bounce on an aquatic trampoline, safely scale rope courses, and learn the art of horseback riding. Founded by local Presbyterian churches in 1957, the camp's activities are led by fun and friendly college-aged staffers who help demonstrate Christian values and guide campers in discussing life's big questions in light of scriptural teaching. Camp Spalding also incorporates classic summer camp traditions, such as creating crafts, singing songs, and triangulating ballistic Nerf missiles to hit rival camps.