The month of December can be a treacherous one at Red Cliff Ascent.  It is often the first month of truly wintry weather and the stress of being away from family and friends during the holidays can take its toll on staff and students alike.  While we can’t control the weather we do like to…

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Holidays such as Thanksgiving will be a very different experience for a student at Redcliff Ascent.  Instead of gathering at Grandma’s house for dinner with extended family, RCA students will spend the day with their group in a camp in the remote southern Utah wilderness.  The group will have a layover day on Thanksgiving, which…

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     Our new Medicine Wheel at Redcliff website is up and running.  A special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.       Medicine Wheel is a wilderness program designed for young adults ages 18-26. We have always been proud of what we do here, it is nice to finally have a…

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To a RedCliff wilderness therapy staff member there are few things more invigorating than waking up in the wilderness. Whether it has rained, dumped snow through the night, or is a perfect fall morning, there is something special to us about waking up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing more than miles of…

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After four days of constant rain the temperature dropped and the rain turned to snow at our wilderness therapy camping spot.  We had been hunkered under a rain tarp erected over our fire for days, with a cold wind blowing rain into our backs.  Staff chose the windward side of the fire, taking the brunt…

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As Intake Coordinator for RedCliff Ascent, I ensure safe transportation of our new troubled teens students to see the pediatrician for their initial physicals as part of the intake process. Last week, while returning to the field after one of these standard visits, we drove past a couple of hawks in the road. Sitting on the…

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“I had a lot of apprehension beforehand,” Andrea Burgess admits. “But it turned out even better than I thought.” Burgess is the Executive Director at RedCliff Ascent, a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens.  On April 7, the program hosted its first ever “class reunion” for wilderness graduates. Graduates had been pleading with the RedCliff…

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