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Bring Wilderness to Your Community

Bring Wilderness to Your Community

Don’t miss this chance to bring the light of God through wilderness to your community! You may have heard about Pocket Wilderness last year when we did our initial “Call Out” for interest. Well, God has been moving MIGHTILY in this brand new program!...
GORP: The Ultimate Trail Food

GORP: The Ultimate Trail Food

Good Ole’ Raisins & Peanuts By: Laura Albert Trail nutrition is often a conversation around the SROM base. Because food is not only a critical part of our courses, but there’s so many things that need to be stratigically planned out before a course...
The Importance of Space

The Importance of Space

Creation is for All Humanity, not the Few By: Laura Albert “We cannot care for God if we do not care for His Creation.” – Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv makes a bold statement, but one that none the less has an increable...
Teaching Gen Z about Jesus

Teaching Gen Z about Jesus

Why it takes a Village Josh Horak has been on staff with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries for over a decade now. He is one of our directors and also pastors a local church here in Laramie. This week, we will hear from Josh about how it takes the entire Body of Christ,...

You’re Invited!

RED ROCKS ALUMNI CLIMBING COURSE DEEPEN YOUR SKILLS & DEEPEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS CRAVING A GETAWAY? NEED A RECONNECTION?   Come hang and reconnect with fellow SROM alumni for a 7-day rock climbing course in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, one of the...

Bear Aware

What to do when visiting Bear Country Photo courtesty of yellowstonepark.com   Bears. We see them in zoos, hear about them on the news, and there are lots of thoughts and opinions about these amazing and majestic animals. But the main question we need to be...

Pocket Wilderness is BACK!

We are Excited to Announce Pocket Wilderness Guide Training is Back! You may have heard about Pocket Wilderness last year when we did our initial “Call Out” for interest. Well, God has been moving MIGHTILY in this brand new program! If you are interested...

Is Cleanliness next to Godliness?

Staying Healthy and Clean in the Backcountry “You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.” Leviticus 15:31 (NIV) Staying clean when you are...

Thriving in Extremes: Epic Wilderness Weather

Thriving in Epic Weather Conditions By: Laura Albert It was early October in the mountains. My dog Lily and I were out on a solo trip for the weekend for some much needed “us” time. I had a great plan to explore some more of the high country on the border between...

Creating a Culture of Honor

The Importance of OSV. Every community is unique. Each individual brings different strengths and weaknesses to the group, and each group faces distinct challenges during their time together. SROM seeks to foster a healthy and transformative culture, both in our office...
What You Bring is Enough

What You Bring is Enough

Sometimes we have doubts about where we stand within our community and within the Kingdom. But God loves and delights in even our smallest offering we can bring to the alter. And no matter what we bring, it is enough in His eyes.

Pedal Predicaments

How to Take Care of Your Feet in the Backcountry By: Laura Albert Your feet.  It is a constant battle to take care of your feet in the backcountry. To keep them warm, dry, blister and pain free. It is a battle each person takes on when they make the choice to go into...

Drum Roll Please……

Welcome to our 2019 Summer Staff! We want to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome to our incredible summer staff for 2019! They are working both in the field and on the SROM base to bring God’s Kingdom here on earth. Please be keeping them in your...

Hills and Valleys

Mountain Top Experiences to Daily Life “ ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ ” – Isaiah 57:15   There is always...

Creating a Culture of Honor

Honor: The What and the Why Josh Horak has been on staff with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries for over a decade now. He is one of our directors and also pastors a local church here in Laramie. This week, we will hear from Josh about why Honor is so important in the Body...

Staying Found

How to not get lost in the Wilderness   In our world today, there are many places we go where there are clear directions and we have technology to literally direct us where to go. All we have to do is punch in the address of where we need to get to, and Siri (or...

An Attitude of Gratitude

How Daily Gratitude Keeps Us Relational “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34   When I think of gratitude, I think of this moment in the movie White Christmas, where Bing Crosby is singing to Eleanor Clooney a song...

Please Welcome our 2019 Interns!!!

Taking the time to do an internship is a really big deal. And we want to take this moment to welcome and introduce these two amazing individuals into the SROM family! Andrea Belcik Summer Admin Intern  Andrea is our first ever Summer Admin Intern! She is pioneering...

Join Us for the Annual Food Throw!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” ~ Psalm 34:8     It’s that time again…    SROM’S ANNUAL FOOD THROW! ” ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know...

Everybody Poops

Poop School Basics & Why  By: Audrey Stelzer The Lord set the standard for how to poop when outside. Deuteronomy 23: 12-13 says,   “You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, 13 and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be...

God’s Abundant Provision

An Introduction Wild Edibles Foraging By: Laura Albert Have you ever wondered what it was like in the Garden of Eden? What it looked like, smelled like, felt like? Oh, man I have! I have often wondered how Adam and Eve lived in Eden and how they not only related to...

How Cold is Too Cold?

Navigating the cold with Tools, Tips, & Tricks By: Audrey Stelzer Think of the coldest you have ever been…   No, really. Stop and think about the absolute coldest you have ever been.   What were you hearing? Were you able to feel anymore? Did you get any...

Who’s Running the House?

By: Josh Horak When the blood of Jesus was shed on Calvary, you became the righteousness of God! The moment you received this incredible gift, you were adopted, cleansed, made whole, given a new nature, and empowered as a new creation child of God. You were made Holy,...

Introducing our Brand New Summer Internship!

We are excited to announce the launch of our New Summer Internship! You may have heard about our 40/40 Field Intership, but this new Summer Internship will focus not just on wilderness skills, but on the bigger picture of what wilderness ministry is all about. In the...

More of You, Less of Me

By: Josh Horak The most important person on the face of this earth today is the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is more important than our national government, more important than your local government and more important than all the law enforcement in your city. He...

Alone in the Wilderness

Planning and Taking a Solo Backpacking Trip By: Laura Albert Alone. In the Wilderness.   That phrase conjures up all sorts of images and stories from Jack London books of the frontier to the infamous story of Into the Wild. Getting lost, frozen, hurt, hunted by...

Be Smart, Get Trained: Wilderness First Responder

What it is and why you need it By: Emily Cable You meet up with some friends for coffee who you consider to be pretty legit outdoors-people. Jack and Jill seemingly “do it all” year-round. Throughout your conversation, they keep referring to this Woofer thing they...

New Year, a New Adventure!

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow as a leader, gain professional outdoor skills, and go deeper as a Disciple of Christ? Then you should take a look at SROM’s Rocky Mountain Outdoor Semester for the fall 2019 semester. This can be a life-changing...

A Grateful Heart of Thanks

This time of year, all of us are conditioned to look ahead towards the future: the holidays and the new year. But it is precisely for that reason that we, here at SROM, tend to look back and reflect at all of the amazing things God has accomplished in the lives and...

Experiencing

By: Audrey Stelzer Will you try something with me for a moment? Will you, please? It won’t take long! As you read this paragraph imagine what my words are describing. You are laying down in a field of grass on the most perfect day. The sun is shining on your face as...

The Case for Crocs

  By: Audrey Stelzer It is time to bring up the very real and pressing issue of the lack of Crocs in the backcountry. I ask, as a concerned outdoor woman, where have they gone? I realize that some outdoor industries will not allow traditional crocs in the...

Would You Join Me?

By: Emily Cable What if I told you my job is to spend 60 days out of each year experientially teaching people how they can safely enjoy spending a few nights outside. What if I told you I frequently don’t shower for 10 days at a time because there’s no faucet in close...

Backcountry Gourmet: Deep Dish Pizza

  By: Laura Albert Backcountry cooking is a passion of mine. I not only love the time on the trails and in wild places, but when you get an opportunity to eat a gourmet dish with an epic view, it always makes the food and the experience that much better! But,...

Understanding Generation Z

  By: Andrew Arnold For 35 years SROM has influenced youth and young adults ages 14-35.  It has not been the only demographic we have reached but given the demands of wilderness programming our courses have primarily served this age group through the years. In...

A Grand Conversation about Wilderness

A Monument for Stewardship Grand Staircase – Escalante is over 1 million acres of land that is full of unique and resilient species of plants and animals. It is also easily the largest “museum” of natural and cultural history in the world to date. It...

The Gift of Protected Spaces

In our world, there is a dramatic increase in the dependence on media, social media, and technology for connection with each other. The reality is most people spend very little time together in face-to-face communication. We here at SROM see an increasing need for...

Wilderness is Biblical

The Lord has been using the wilderness for thousands of years as a place of accelerated growth and training. Leaders are drawn and equipped, and transition from where they are to where God is calling them. The Word says, “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the...

Why Worship?

By: Laura Albert Not too long ago, a friend of mine shared with me about how God revealed to her about how her worship is louder than the lies of the enemy. I was blown away! With all the planning, stressing, and all the strong emotions I feel sometimes, I have to go...

Gear for Mountaineering: Ice Axes

By: Jacob Chmielowiec   Finding a suitable ice axe for mountaineering is easy. Choose a plain looking ice axe with a straight shaft and no rubberized grip. Avoid ultra light axes as they are often weaker and more difficult to use effectively. Avoid tools intended...

Authentic Community Brings Freedom

It’s a good habit to get into to reflect on the many things to be thankful for in July. The freedoms many of us enjoy are not shared with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. So I am very grateful for the freedoms that my family and I...

Gluten Free in the Backcountry

By: Laura Albert Food allergies are off the charts these days! It’s incredible how many people’s bodies are rejecting the basic essentials of foods that use to be staples in a backcountry kitchen. Things like peanut butter, GORP (Good Old Raisins & Peanuts), snack...

He Healed Me: A Mountaintop Experience

This week, we are featuring one of our 2017 Alumni: Holly Lowmiller. Holly came on a 10 day climbing and backpacking trip with us last summer with her mom. Holly is an amazing woman of God with a lot of love and a lot of spunk! Wife to one, mama to six.  A lover of...

What’s Killing You?

By: Daria Holler Being in the great outdoors can bring healing on many different levels. It can bring mental healing, spiritual healing and even physical healing to some degrees. Whether it is sitting on the porch, going for a walk, a vigorous hike, multi day...

Jesus Satisfies

By: Emily Cable “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God....

The Fedora: Ultimate Adventure Hat

By: Laura Albert Ok, so I’m going to be real here. I’m red-haired, freckled, and fair skinned. But I love being outside! And honestly when you are battling the sun above and snow underfoot, the task of not being fried like a chicken in Kentucky can be quite daunting....

How do you enjoy the Backcountry?

By: Daria Holler How do you enjoy the backcountry? Here are 3 tips to help you fully encompass all the wild around you.       Lots of people enjoy the backcountry in many different ways. Some may enjoy simply getting off the grid for a few days. Some head in with a...

Developing a God-like Lense

By: Tim Grunstra “Do not be conformed to this world, But be transformed by the renewal of your mind, That by testing you may discern what is the will of God, What is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2   Do you think being a follower of Christ is...

El Shaddai: God Almighty

By: Josh Horak For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8 The gospel of grace reveals to us the Father and gives us the power to live by faith. As it states in Romans: “This gospel...

Gear Review for Mountaineering – Crampons

By: Jacob Chmielowiec Mountaineering is best learned under the guidance of a good mentor who can pass on their experience and knowledge. This guidance can greatly reduce the risks while learning essential skills but also help the novice acquire the correct equipment....

What’s Stopping You?

By: Daria Holler What’s stopping you? From doing something you never thought you could? Perhaps something that you maybe think you can’t do? Perhaps comparing yourself to another and assuming, “I could never do that”. Why?… What’s stopping you? There is so much...

Peace and Joy

By: Emily Hall Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays (although Easter competes). There is a deep innate craving within me that the peace, unity and reconciliation of the kingdom would be on earth. Thanksgiving can be a small picture of this as the...

Announcing New Pocket Wilderness Weekends!

About Pocket Wilderness Weekends In 1977, Drew Arnold received the original vision for SROM while he was studying for a Hebrew exam during seminary. He took a break, dropped to his knees and began to pray. Drew had always been passionate about using the wilderness as...

Born of a Different Spirit

By: Joshua Horak “Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it….” Numbers 14:24 I love being a dad! The best part about being a dad is that I get to aim...

The Search for the Perfect Boots

By: Jacob Cheimelowic   “What boots should I buy for my course?”   There are few things in the backcountry that can inspire as much loathing as a bad pair of boots. Perpetually wet and blistered feet can take much of the enjoyment out of an...

How Can Truth Change the Way We See?

By: Tim Grunstra “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, For apart from me you can...

Backcountry Gourmet: Mac-in-a-Bag

By: Emily Cable Do you love Cheesy Goodness, but you’re tired of messy backcountry cleanups? Are you a pro-tips collector and connoisseur? Does the thought of a squeaky clean pot bring joy to your heart? Well then, let me introduce you to [pause for dramatic effect]...

The Great Escape

By: Laura Albert “Hi, my name is Laura and I’m an alcoholic.”   The dreaded, shame filled, guilt ridden words that a person doesn’t actually think they will admit in their lifetime, let alone out loud. It’s like a scene from one of those Lifetime movies where you...